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Aurora Tigers claim victory in Battle of Yonge tourney

The Newmarket Redmen's home office will have to display the Aurora Tigers jersey after a 64 to 52 games loss in the annual rep hockey tournament that makes the most of the friendly rivalry between the two neighbouring towns.
The 13th annual Battle of Yonge Street officially kicked off Friday with the Midget AA game at the Magna Centre. Photography by Greg King

It was a valiant effort, but at the end of it, the hometown Newmarket Redmen saw the Battle of Yonge Street trophy go to the Aurora Tigers.

The 13th annual rep tournament that pits friendly rivals Newmarket Minor Hockey Association against the neighbouring Aurora Minor Hockey Association featured 58 games played from Novice A to Midget AA teams at two main venues, the Magna Centre and Aurora Community Centre, Oct. 25 to 28.

It was a solid victory for the Tigers, who locked up 64 games (188 goals for, 159 goals against) to the Redmen's 52 wins.

"The AMHA will receive the trophy to display in their office and a year of bragging rights, while the NMHA must display the Tigers jersey in their office for one year," Kevin Winsor, vice-president of rep for the NMHA, said.

"It came down to the final few games on Sunday with Aurora pulling through to beat Newmarket," he added. 

With the annual series tied at six each, the weekend's win was a "big one" for Aurora.

"Congratulations to Aurora on the big win," Winsor said. "With the series now at 7-6 for Aurora, we are all looking forward to next year." 

Winsor acknowledged with gratitude the volunteers and fans who attended and made donations to the local food banks and other charities for which the annual home-and-home weekend series raises funds. 

Final results can be found at here