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Blackfalds Bulldogs Brendan Ross and Carter Patterson named AJHL weekly award winners

Blackfalds Bulldogs forward Brendan Ross closes in on a breakaway attempt against the Canmore Eagles at the Eagle Builders Centre. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Advocate staff)

A pair of Blackfalds Bulldogs were recognized for their elite performances last week.

Forward Brendan Ross was named the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Player of the Week and defenceman Carter Patterson won the AJHL Defensive Player of the Week.

Ross, who leads the AJHL with 50 points, exploded on offence accumulating eight points in three games at home.

It started on Tuesday, Nov. 28 when he scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-2 victory over the Whitecourt Wolverines. Ross also notched his fourth game-winner this season.

He followed that up with a one-goal performance with his 26th of the season on Saturday in a 4-2 win over the Drayton Valley Thunder.

Sunday’s game was a special one for Ross because he recorded his third four-point night this year in a 6-3 win against the Sherwood Park Crusaders. He also extended his point streak to four games with 11 total points.

Ross, who’s committed to the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the NCAA, is in his third season in Blackfalds and has already surpassed his point total from last season with 28 goals and 22 assists in 31 games.

Patterson also extended his point streak to five games with six points in the Bulldogs’ three wins last week.

He had three consecutive two-point games including a goal and an assist over the Wolverines.

In the next game against Drayton Valley he added an assist and scored the game-winning goal followed by two assists the next day in a win over Sherwood Park.

His streak last week led all AJHL defencemen in points and is now tied for fifth among all defencemen in the AJHL with 26 points in his second season.

With Bulldogs are winners of their last five games with two on the schedule for this week. They’ll head to Fort McMurray on Thursday to take on the Oil Barons at 7:30 p.m. and Bonnyville on Saturday at 7 p.m.

At the midway point of the season, the Bulldogs are in third place in the standings just two points behind the second place Sherwood Park Crusaders with a 22-6-2-1 record.

Ian Gustafson

About the Author: Ian Gustafson

Ian began his journalism career as a reporter in Prince Albert, Sask. for the last three years, and was born and raised in Saskatchewan.
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