Blackfalds Bulldogs win provincial championship in Sexsmith
The Blackfalds Bulldogs captured the provincial peewee B hockey championship Sunday at Sexsmith with a 5-1 victory over the Drayton Valley Rangers.
The Bulldogs, who crushed the Provost Blades 10-2 in a semifinal, went 3-0 in pool play with impressive 9-2, 8-3 and 10-0 wins over the Fairview Sharp Thunder, Kneehill Chiefs and St. Paul Canadians.
Brett Meerman paced Blackfalds with 15 points through the tournament, including nine goals. Dylan Hunt was next in line with nine points (5-4), while Brayden Hatto (4-4) had eight and Kayl Spiller (4-3) and Tate Causey (1-6) even contributed seven.
Meanwhile, Kneehill reached the semifinals before falling 5-2 to Drayton Valley. The Chiefs were 2-1 in pool play with wins of 9-2 and 9-1 over St. Paul and Fairview.
Leading the Kneehill scoring parade was Orrin Armstrong with eight goals and 12 points, while Connor Paget (6-1) recorded seven points and Corbyn Stoneman (4-2) had six.
The Olds Grizzlys settled for silver in the provincial championship tournament at Calgary, falling 4-3 to the Wetaskiwin Ice Kings in the final.
Olds was 4-0 in pool play before blanking the Stettler Storm 3-0 in a semifinal. The Grizzlys opened the tourney with a 9-1 pasting of the High Prairie Legionnaires, then thumped the Calgary Saints 10-2, roared past the Lloydminster Blazers 10-1 and buried the Southeast Edmonton Samsquanch 9-0.
The Grizzlys had two players in double figures for points through the provincials, as Keaton Perigny contributed 11 (6-5) and Everest Hughes recorded 10, including four goals.
Quintin Thorburn (6-2) and Connor Brown (2-6) each had eight points.
Stettler posted two wins and two ties in pool action, beating the Okotoks Oilers 2-0 and Shaw Meadows 5-1, and battling Wetaskiwin and the Barrhead Steelers to 4-4 and 2-2 draws.
For the Storm, Matthew Sylvester led the way offensively with five goals and seven points. Quade Cassidy followed with six points (1-5).
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The Stettler Storm fell one game short of a provincial title at Vermilion, losing 3-1 to the St. Albert Rush in the championship final.
The Storm, who were 3-1 semifinal winners over the Lakeland Jaguars, reached the playoffs after accumulating a 4-0 record in pool play. Stettler edged the St. Albert Rush 5-4, then rolled the host Tigers 9-2 before posting 8-2 and 3-1 wins over the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Edmonton Heat.
Stettler was paced offensively by Kierra Scollo and her 16 points (11-5). Grace Chapman (5-10-15) and Jayden Hogg (3-7-10) also reached double figures.
The Olds Grizzlys dropped a 3-1 decision to St. Albert in the other semifinal after racking up four wins. Olds opened with a 2-1 victory over Lacoka, then edged Lakeland 4-3, doubled the Beaverlodge Blades 4-2 and got past the Calgary Spartans 5-3.
Cassidy Belsher was the top Grizzlys producer with six goals and 11 points. Kiera Davidson follwed with six points (4-2) and Kelly Leonard had five (2-3).
Lacoka recorded a win and a tie and suffered two losses in pool play, beating the Spartans 9-3, drawing 2-2 with Beaverlodge and losing 2-1 and 4-2 to Olds and Lakeland.
Danica Polson led Lacoka with six goals and nine points. Lindsay Jansen had five points, including two goals.