Local sports briefs – March 25

The Red Deer Elks took full advantage of their second opportunity.

Elks take advantage of mulligan

The Red Deer Elks took full advantage of their second opportunity.

After falling 4-1 to the Wheatland Chiefs Sunday and apparently being eliminated from the South Central Midget AA Hockey League playoffs, the Elks received a second chance when it was rulled that the Chiefs used an ineligible player in the third and deciding game of the North Division final.

The Red Deer squad regrouped and defeated the visiting Chiefs 6-3 in a replay Tuesday to advance to the league final against the Lethbridge Colts. The series will start next week as both teams are competing in provincial championships starting today — the Elks in the AA major tournament at Brooks and the Colts at the AA minor championship in Hobbema.

Stephen Pietsch scored once and added two assists for the Elks. Dana Daoust, Justin Corbett, Brady Porter, Brad Zimmerman and Dallen Hall also connected for the winners, while Brody Robinson contributed three assists and Tanner Jaillet stopped 30 shots.


Rams ready for Blades in Sr. final

The Chinook Hockey League representative West Central Alberta Rams will take on the Provost Blades — the Battle River League wild card team — in the first game of the provincial senior AA/A championship set for April 2-4 in Brooks.

The eight-team tournament will also feature the Lomond Lakers of the Ranchland Hockey League, Wainwright Rustlers (Battle River League), the host Brooks Blackhawks, Grande Prairie Athletics (North Peace League), Vermilion Rock (SaskAlta League) and Onoway Ice Dogs (North Central League).

The opening-round winners will play for the Alberta AA title, with the losers competing for the A crown.


Wells Furniture downs HMI

David McComish netted 22 points Tuesday to lead Wells Furniture to a 65-59 Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association win over HMI.

Stephen McComish added 12 points for the winners, while HMI got 18 from Craig Johnson and 17 from Kaye Kronebusch.

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