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BACK IN BUSINESS - The Whitehorse Oldtimer Hockey League is underway. Action started Wednesday at Takhini Arena.

Hockey is back: Oldtimer league kicks off

Hockey season is back and leagues are starting up across the city.

By Dustin Cook on October 13, 2017

Hockey season is back and leagues are starting up across the city. The Whitehorse Oldtimer Hockey League kicked off their eight-team season Wednesday night at Takhini Arena.

First out of the gate was a rematch of the two teams in last year’s championship game with Medicine Chest Pharmacy getting some revenge in this one, taking a 3-2 victory away from the defending champion T.A. Firth & Son Insurance.

Medicine Chest showed no signs of rust jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first period with markers from Maxime Dugre-Sasseville and Derek Bilodeau.

They added another goal early in the second before Firth was able to net their first goal of the season at the end of a power play and then notched another one towards the end of the second.

But that is as close as they would get, with Pharmacy holding on for the 3-2 win. Bill Bohmer scored both goals for the Firth Rangers.

In the second match-up of the season, Yukon Inn took on Air North in a battle of travel.

The Inn squad had three different goal-scorers leading to a 3-0 shutout victory backstopped by Rob Green in net.

They took a 1-0 lead into the second period on a goal by Shawn Kinsella with 4:27 to go in the first.

They would add two more in the second to win their opener.

Thursday night saw two more games, much more high-scoring than the night previous.

Tim Hortons took on EDI Environmental Dynamics with Tim Hortons jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first period en route to a 5-2 victory.

There were seven different goal scorers in the game with Bruce Milligan and Dustin Heffner garnering one goal and two assists a piece for Tim Hortons.

In the final game of the night, AON-Reed Stenhouse Insurance took on Kilrich Building Centres in a high-scoring game that saw five goals in the first period.

Kilrich took the lead early in the first period, but the AON Flames responded with four straight to end the first period.

They increased their lead in the second period thanks in part to a three-goal performance from David Wipf who leads the scoring race early with three goals and one assist.

Wipf’s teammate Kevin Johnstone also has four points with one goal and three assists in the game.

The Flames added one more with 37 seconds left in the game to win 8-3.

All eight teams will play again Sunday continuing their quest in the early stages of the 42-game season.

Yukon Inn (1-0) will take on the defending champion T.A. Firth Rangers (0-1) followed by the AON Flames (1-0) taking on EDI (0-1).

Kilrich and Air North will be looking for their first wins of the season as they challenge Tim Hortons and Medicine Chest Pharmacy respectively. All games are scheduled for Takhini Arena.

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