Local sports briefs – March 9

The Alberta senior AAA hockey championship series featuring the Bentley Generals and Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs will open on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Red Deer Arena.

Generals to face off against Chiefs Saturday

The Alberta senior AAA hockey championship series featuring the Bentley Generals and Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs will open on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Red Deer Arena.

The best-of-seven set will continue the following evening at Fort Saskatchewan and will return to the Arena on Wednesday for an 8:15 p.m. start.

The Chiefs will host Game 4 on March 18.

Additional games, if needed, are scheduled for March 23 in Red Deer, March 25 at Fort Saskatchewan and March 27 in Red Deer.

The provincial winner will face the British Columbia champion in the best-of-five McKenzie Cup scheduled for March 31 to April 4 at the home of the Alberta champ. Teams from Fort St. John, Penticton and Prince George will compete in the B.C. championship tournament — the Savage Cup — March 15-19.

The Alberta/B.C. winner will advance to the Allan Cup tournament — the Canadian championship — April 11-16 in Kenora, Ont.


Wranglers take series lead

BLACKFALDS — Wyatt Fraser’s goal at 8:32 of the third period broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Blackfalds Wranglers a 4-3 victory over the Red Deer Vipers and a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven Heritage Junior B Hockey League North Division final Tuesday.

The Vipers led 3-1 early in the second period on goals by Matt Belich in the first period and JD Morrical and Troy Klaus in the second. Kyle Maas and Scott Maetche replied for the Wranglers at 9:57 and 11:48 of the middle stanza to tie the score. Riley Hansen had the Wranglers other goal in the first period.

Travis Weber finished with 31 saves in goal for Red Deer while Tanner Schalin made 30 stops for Blackfalds.

The series continues Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Arena with the seventh, if necessary, Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Blackfalds.


Men’s Basketball

The Blarney Stone got 23 points from Justin Hicks and 20 from Ray Teskey in downing the Fatboys 74-68 in Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association play Sunday.

Murray Cunningham had 22 points and Travis Struss 15 in a losing cause.