Central Albertans in final at Alberta Challenge

A pair of Central Alberta hockey players battled in the Alberta Challenge Championship game.

Bentley netminder Mackenzie Dojahn and North Yellow earned a 5-2 win to clinch the title over North Blue. Red Deer County product Ridleigh Hansen served as the backup goalie for Blue in the loss.

Yellow finished as the top-seeded team in round robin with a 3-1 record at the six-team tournament. The event pitted the best 120 bantam-age (2004-2005 born) female players against each other in a best-on-best competition.

Blue finished 2-0-2 in round robin to earn its way into the final.

Hansen had a shutout, with 17 saves in a 0-0 tie against South Black in the final game of round robin Saturday. She stopped 18 shots and earned a win in her other start against South Green this week.

Dojahn turned aside 18 shots in a 3-1 victory over South White Saturday and stopped 10 in the final, splitting time with Erika Lind.

In the third place game, North Grey defeated South Green 1-0. Three players from Red Deer represent South Green, including Chole Becher, Halle Graham, Jolie Nafziger as well as Bowden’s Amber Neilson and Misty Rey.

In the fifth-place contest, South White knocked off South Black 5-1. Local players on South Black include Ryann Holbein, Lacey Bullee (Red Deer) and Taurie Hammer (Olds).

The fifth place game is set for 9:30 a.m., with the championship final at 2:30 p.m.

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