Local sports briefs – February 24

The Olds Grizzlys will open their Alberta Junior Hockey playoff season today against the host Calgary Mustangs.

Grizzlys, Mustangs face off in playoffs

The Olds Grizzlys will open their Alberta Junior Hockey playoff season today against the host Calgary Mustangs.

Game 2, set for Satuday, will be back at the Father Bauer Arena in Calgary, with the best-of-five South Division quarter-final shifting to the Olds Sports Complex for a Sunday contest at 3:30 p.m.

Fourth and fifth games, if necessary, will be played Monday in Olds (7:30 p.m.) and Wednesday in Calgary.

• Tanner Fritz of the Grande Prairie Storm has been named the AJHL’s most valuable player for the 2010-11 season.

Sylvan Lake native Kyle Reynolds of the Okotoks Oilers was the league scoring champion with 78 points and a finalist for the MVP award.

Julien Laplante of the Bonnyville Pontiacs, who set a franchise record for the lowest goals-against average of 2.09 and shutouts with nine, picked up the goaltender of the year award.

Vincenzo Marozzi and Joel Miller of the Spruce Grove Saints received honours as the top team goaltenders, allowing 106 goals for a 1.77 GAA.

Goaltender Cole Cheveldave of the Drumheller Dragons was named the rookie of the year. The 17-year-old from Calgary led all rookies in minutes played (2,521) and shots faced (1,474) and was seventh in save percentage (.917).

The league’s outstanding defenceman award went to Colten Hayes of Okotoks while forward Kevin Carthy of Bonnyville was the most dedicated player and Chad Mercier of Bonnyville the coach of the year.

The Stewy Stewart Award went to Jeremy Burns of the Brooks Bandits. The award is presented to an AJHL player in the South Division who best exhibits character, dedication, perseverance, integrity and sportsmanship.

Chudak fifth at Games

HALIFAX, N.S. — Bryce Chudak of Rocky Mountain House finished fifth in the pre-novice boys’ figure skating competition at the Canada Winter Games Wednesday.

Chudak was fourth in both the short program and the freeskate and finished with 66.35 points, accumulating 40.55 points in freeskate.

Adonis Wong of B.C. was first with 82.24 points after winning the freeskate with 50.76 points. Bennet Toman of Quebec was second at 79.07 points and Casey Wong of Edmonton third at 69.80.

• Kira Mercereau of Red Deer is seventh after the two days of qualifying in the compound individual female archery competition.

She finished with 1,111 points over four rounds and enters the playoffs today.

• Nicholas Grocock of Lacombe retired in the second round of his preliminary boxing match against Cody Crowley of Ontario in the 69-75 kilogram division.

• Alberta, which includes Red Deer’s Lisa Dahlke, was third out of 10 teams in the preliminary team competition in synchronized swimming.

Alberta finished with 78.267 points with Quebec first at 82.017 and Ontario at 78.283. B.C. was fourth at 75.417.

The finals go Friday.

Vellner seventh

LAC BEAUPORT, Que. — Jon Vellner of Red Deer placed seventh in the men’s aerials at a NorAm event Wednesday.

Vellner finished with 135.26 points while Michael Rossi of the United States was first at 172.07 and teammate Jonathan Lullis second at 171.27.

Jean-Christophe Andrew of Montreal led the Canadians with a third-place finish with 164.96 points.

Crystal Lee of Queensville, Ont., won the women’s title with 148.67 points while Sabrina Guerin of Laval, Que., was second at 130.65.

Chiefs top Admirals

Richard Kelly scored twice as the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs downed the visiting Sylvan Lake Admirals 3-1 on Tuesday to grab a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven provincial senior AAA hockey semifinal.

Chris Giacobbo also tallied for the Chiefs, who trailed 1-0 after the first period, pulled even in the second and sealed the deal with two third-period goals. D.J. Brough replied for the Admirals.

Blake Grenier made 22 saves for the winners, while Jordan Ramstead blocked 51 shots for the visitors.

Game 3 is scheduled for Friday at Fort Saskatchewan, with the fourth game set for Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Sylvan Lake Medican Multi-Plex.

Cougars sweep

The Notre Dame Cougars took both ends of a Central Alberta High School Basketball League doubleheader from the visiting Stettler Wildcats Tuesday.

The Cougars took the girls’ contest 67-42 and the boys’ game 88-38.

Emily Elkins had 14 points, Molly Li 11 and Chelsea Fraser 10 for the Notre Dame girls while Katrena Heier had 14 points and Calire Aspenes nine for Stettler.

In the boys’ contest John Goranson had 40 points and 14 rebounds and Jordan Handel had 20 points and 10 assists for the Cougars while Zac Coulas had 11 points for Stettler.

The next action for both Notre Dame teams comes in the zone 4A playoffs. The girls host Hunting Hills in a one-game playoff next week with the winner advancing against the Lindsay Thurber Raiders on March 8, 10 and 11, if needed.

On the boys’ side, the Raiders will host Hunting Hills March 3 at 6 p.m. in the one-game semifinal with the winner meeting Notre Dame in a best-of-three series that runs March 8, 10 and 11th, if necessary.

• In junior varsity action, the Ponoka girls downed Lacombe 53-42 as Amy Lank dropped in 15 points.

Alana Eli had 12 points for Lacombe.

SF Chiefs down Innisfail

Midget Girls

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs downed Innisfail 4-0 in A league play.

Nisa Bartlett, Haley Poch, Shelby Schlosser and Jade Lee scored once each for the Chiefs while Nora Drechsler recorded the shutout.


The Red Deer KFC Chiefs dropped a 9-3 decision to the Sylvan Lake Lakers in AA action.

Cooper Jones, Connor Dawes and Ben LeBlanc scored for the Chiefs while Josh McNeil and Khale Skinner had two goals each for the Lakers and Rylan Gyori, Caileb Berge, Hayden Clayton, Kale Seelen and Blake Carrick added single markers.

Brayden Laturnus made 16 saves for the Lakers while Devin Carroll faced 47 shots in goal for Red Deer.

Carstar beats Fatboys

Carstar got 31 points from Jamie Brown and 23 from Darryl Hemstreet in downing the Fatboys 93-82 in Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association play Tuesday.

Cameron Kusiek had 17 points and Kurt Von Hollen 15 for the Fatboys.