Delta Squirt Bush League Champions Coach Mike Gerhart, Nolan Clark, Hayden Hancock, Carter Richard, Tyler Hudgin, Head Coach Terri Hennager, Makayla Power, Jonathan Odgers, Steven Warren, Nick Denton, Carlie Hennager, Goalie Greg Hanson, Luke Schmidt, Justin Gerhart
Delta Husky parents and players headed to Tok for a weekend of hockey for the 2014 Bush League Tournament to play in their first game against Glennallen. It started in a fast past no scoring first period. In the second period Delta was first to score with an assist from Justin Gerhart to Nolan Clark to put the puck in the net. Then it ended up Glennallen’s turn with two goals. Delta followed up with a goal unassisted by Justin Gerhart and an assist from Carlie Hennager to Justin Gerhart for a goal and that ended the second period. In the third period Glennallen scored three goals and Delta scored two more with an assist from Nolan Clark to Carlie Hennager for the forth goal for Delta. Carlie Hennager made a pass to Luke Schmidt to score Delta’s final goal which ended Delta’s first game in a tie five to five.
Carlie Hennager took third in Bush League accurate shot.
As the team warmed up and prepared for their second game of the day the temp started to drop a little in Tok’s covered rink. Delta players were ready for their second game Tok vs Delta. Delta came on strong in the first period and Goalie Greg Hanson was ready in the net. Delta shut Tok out in the first period with assists by Luke Schmidt, Justin Gerhart and goals scored by Justin Gerhart, Nolan Clark, Luke Schmidt. Which would not have been possible with out the strong defense from Carlie Hennager, Makayla Power, and Tyler Hudgin moving the puck up the ice and stopping Tok from attacking Delta’s net. Tok came back to add three goals in the second period and Delta returned to put two more goals in the net by Justin Gerhart and Luke Schmidt with assists from Nolan Clark and Steven Warren. Half way into the third period Steven Warren scored with an asssit from Nolan Clark and Tok came back with three goals in the third period. Delta ended with a charge to the net from the defense Carlie Hennager with a pass to Luke Schmidt up the ice to Justin Gerhart to put the puck in the net to end the game six to seven Delta wins against Tok.
The tournament was still in full swing with other teams tying games. On Saturday morning Delta Squirts had an early game against Kenny Lake. The players were up for the challenge, five minutes into the first period Luke Schmidt scored with an assist from Makayla Power. With the game one to zero going into the second period, Carlie Hennager made a pass to Justin Gerhart to put Delta’s second goal in the net. The game ended with an assist from Luke Schmidt to Steven Warren to give Delta the win three to zero and a shut out for goalie Greg Hanson. This moved Delta Squirts into the Championship Game later that day, with Tok and Glennallen still left to play Delta did not know who they would play for the championship game. While waiting to find out who Delta plays, the team participated in the skills competition, with speed skating, puck handling, accurate shot, and many more events.
Winners puck handing relay race Carlie Hennager , Justin Gerhart and second place team Steven Warren and Luke Schmidt.
In the puck handling relay race Delta came in first in each heat with two teams which put Delta’s two teams against each other for the race for a medal. First team Carlie Hennager and Justin Gerhart and Delta’s second team Luke Schmidt and Steven Warren competed in the final heat with Carlie Hennager and Justin Gerhart winning first place with Luke Schmidt and Steven Warren coming in a very close second place.
Nick Denton coming in before a Tok player in the sprint race.
The long awaited moment Delta Squirts found out they would be playing Glennallen in the Championship Game that afternoon. After taking a short needed break as a team, Delta was excited for the start of the afternoon game. Delta scored their first goal less then a minute in the first period with an assist from Justin Gerhart to Nolan Clark.
Eight minutes in the first period Luke Scmidt made a pass to Nolan Clark to put the puck in the net and Kenny Lake came back to put the puck in the net with only forty nine seconds left in the first period. Delta answered that goal with an assist from Makayla Power to Nolan Clark for a goal with four seconds left in the first period. Half way through the second period Luke Schmidt made two assist to Nolan Clark for Nolan Clark to score two more goals. Half way through the third period Delta had a penalty and was short handed on the ice, with the team playing well together and the defense Carlie Hennager and Makayla Power make good passes up the ice and Luke Schmidt helping to control the ice Justin Gerhart was able to score Delta Squirts last goal to help them win the Bush League Championship Game.
Photos and article by Terri Hennager