Construction companies E. Gruben’s Transport from Tuktoyaktuk and Northwind from Inuvik are no strangers to dueling it out on the ice in the final game of the Inuvialuit Regional Corp. (IRC) Cup, but this is the first year they did it as the two companies with a joint-venture contract to build the Inuvik-Tuk Highway.
Both teams dominated through the tournament’s 12 games last weekend during the 26th annual tournament, playing against teams from across the Mackenzie Delta, to meet head to head at yet another showdown in the final match Sunday.
Northwind was looking to recapture the cup after E. Gruben’s Transport’s Nanooks team nabbed it last year, recovering from a four-year losing streak, but the defending champions brought their A game for the second year in a row and overtook Northwind’s team with a 8-1 win.
Cody Pederson of the Nanooks was named MVP.
LJ’s Sabres beat out the Paulatuk Storm for third place in the A division with a score of 9-6.
There were a whopping nine teams in the B division, which went to the PCM Pro team who beat out the Aklavik Outlaws for first.