NACI hosts Slasher Showdown


Annual tuneup tournament held at Yellowhead Centre


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Photo by Eoin Devereux

The NACI goaltender makes a big stop during the shootout against McCreary on Saturday, Oct. 27.

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

Rural Manitoba’s top rural high school hockey teams converged in Neepawa this past weekend for the annual NACI Slasher Showdown.

Eight teams took part in the tournament, which began on Thursday Oct. 25, with the Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute (NACI) Tigers taking on the Minnedosa Chancellors. The Tigers were able to defeat Minnedosa 2-1, moving NACI into the championship bracket, while Minnedosa shifted into the consolation side. 

The event continued on Friday, Oct. 26 with Neepawa facing the Birtle/Hamiota/Shoal Lake/Strathclair (Co-op) Huskies. The Huskies would be the victors, picking up a 3-0 win. The Co-op team would then double up the W.C. Miller Aces 4-2 in the tournament final, winning the championship banner.

As for NACI, they moved on to the third place game against the McCreary Mavericks. In this game, the Tigers topped the Mavericks 3-2 in a shootout.

Next up for the Neepawa is the WHSHL regular season opener, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Yellowhead Arena, when the Tigers host the Crocus Plains Plainsmen. Start time is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.