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McKenna breaks Canada Games scoring record

By MEDICINE HAT NEWS on February 24, 2023.

PHOTO COURTESY MATTHEW MURNAGHAN/CANADA GAMES COUNCIL Team Yukon forward and Medicine Hat Tigers prospect Gavin McKenna scans the ice during a 13-3 Yukon loss against New Brunswick in a qualification game on Wednesday.

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Gavin McKenna left his mark on the Canada Winter Games on Thursday.

The 15-year-old had a goal and two assists in Team Yukon’s 7-3 loss against New Brunswick, giving him a six-game total of 14 goals and 29 points, breaking the Games’ scoring record of 27 points in one tournament held by New Brunswick’s Kelsey Tessier in 2007 and Quebec’s Francois Methot in 1995.

That tournament where Tessier tied Methot’s record in was the year McKenna was born and was held in his hometown of Whitehorse.

Team Yukon finished the U16 tournament 3-3 and as a team scored 33 goals, with McKenna either the scorer or picking up an assist on 87.87 per cent of the offence. Yukon’s 10th-place finish is their highest finish of record according to the Canada Games website.

Team Alberta falls in quarter-finals

Team Alberta lost 8-2 in their quarter-finals matchup against Team Quebec on Thursday to fall out of medal contention.

Tigers prospects contributed offensively in Alberta’s loss, with Kadon McCann scoring a goal in the loss and Matthew Paranych notching an assist. Goaltending prospect Jordan Switzer came into the game in relief for Alberta.

Team Alberta has one more game on the docket, taking on Manitoba in the fifth-place game Friday at 1 p.m.

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