Athlete of the week
Ashley Graf has been one of the top scorers for the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs major midget female hockey team this season and she continued right on in the playoffs. Graf, who placed eighth in regular season scoring with 17 goals and 22 assists, scored the winning goal for the Chiefs in their 2-1 overtime victory over the Calgary Flyers at Kin City Arena B Sunday afternoon. Her goal came with 8.7 seconds remaining in the first 10-minute overtime session and gave the Chiefs a 2-1 win in the best-of-three South Division semifinal. Graf also spent time helping her Notre Dame Cougars teammates in the annual Notre Dame junior varsity tournament during the weekend.
Cougars take HHHS gold
The Notre Dame Cougars squeezed out a 57-56 victory over the Hunting Hills Lightning to capture gold in the boys’ division of the 29th annual Lindsay Thurber senior basketball tournament Saturday.
Tournament MVP Dario Viveros had 16 points and John Goranson 10 for the Cougars while Tyler Rutherford dropped in 19 points and Kyle Klootwyk 13 for the Lightning.
The Cougars reached the final with a 91-90 victory over Edmonton McNally as all-star Jordan Handel had 32 points and Goranson 23. Sama Sekhon had 37 and all-star Justin Kawalik 30 for McNally.
The Lightning advanced to a 55-46 win over the LTCHS Raiders with Jon Boutin hitting 16 points and Mike Ward eight. All-star Jonah Penner had 11 points and Erik Steenwyk seven for the Raiders, who downed McNally 94-86 in the bronze medal game.
Penner had 17 points and Spencer Klassen 13 for LTCHS with Sekhon hitting 30 for McNally.
On Friday, the Raiders beat Salisbury of Sherwood Park 74-66 as Penner dropped in 23 points and Klassen 12, Notre Dame stopped Leduc 82-75 as Handel had 28 points and Viveros 26 and the Lightning defeated Dr. E.P. Scarlett of Calgary 55-40 behind Klootwyk’s 27 points.
The other quarter-final saw McNally stop Grande Prairie 73-63.
Grande Prairie won the consolation title with a 53-48 win over Salisbury.
Salisbury won the girls’ championship with a 59-38 win over Archbishop MacDonald of Edmonton as tournament MVP Mackenzie Judd and Nicole Tetzloff had 15 points each.
In pool play Salisbury downed Hunting Hills 45-41 and Notre Dame 56-29.
Corbie Fedyk had nine points for the Lightning and Natalie Potvin eight for the Cougars.
In their first game Hunting Hills beat Notre Dame 46-26.
In the other pool, MacDonald stopped LTCHS 56-29 and Grande Prairie 58-41.
All-star Keitlyn Williams had 15 points and Telaina Snider 14 for the Raiders, who downed Grande Prairie 69-38 in their opening game as Snider dropped in 12 points and Williams eight.
Lindsay Thurber took the third-place contest with a 57-39 win over Hunting Hills as Snider had 14 points and Williams 11. Brittani Blake dropped in 10 points and Fedyk eight for the Lightning.
In the consolation final, Notre Dame beat Grande Prairie 42-38 as all-star Taylor Penner had 20 points.
Dacey Livingstone of Hunting Hills was also on the all-star team.
Raiders earn silver at ND JV tourney
Rachel Bysterveld scored 15 points in a losing cause as the Lindsay Thurber Raiders dropped a 68-47 decision to Calgary Bishop Grandin Saturday in the championship final of the Notre Dame JV girls basketball tournament.
The host Cougars fell 44-25 to Calgary St. Francis in the bronze-medal game, getting 15 points from Bobby Bessey.
The Hunting Hills Lightning, with Hanna Delemont scoring 24 points and Grace Goodrich netting 16, downed Edmonton St. Joseph 52-39 in the fifth-place game.
Notre Dame finished 1-1 in Pool A round robin play, while Bishop Grandin was 2-0 and St. Joseph was 0-2. In Pool B, Lindsay Thurber was perfect at 2-0, St. Francis posted a 1-1 record and Hunting Hills was 0-2.
The Cougars opened with a 50-39 win over St. Joseph, as Ashley Graf scored 16 points and Amy Anderson added 10. Paige Watson then netted eight points in a 49-23 loss to Bishop Grandin.
Meanwhile, Merissa Mand had eight points for Hunting Hills in a 50-33 loss to Lindsay Thurber, which got nine from Mary Ignacio, and Jayna Mazurin scored 10 points as the Lightning lost 40-22 to St. Francis.
The Raiders, with Bysterveld draining 10 points, were 53-48 winners over St. Francis in their second pool game.
Strong start at Games
HALIFAX, N.S. — The Jocelyn Peterman rink of Red Deer got off to a good start in the women’s curling at the Canada Winter Games.
Peterman, along with Brittany Tran of Red Deer, Rebecca Konschuk of Sundre and Kristine Anderson of Cluny downed Quebec 10-5 Sunday.
Meanwhile, Garrett Northey of Red Deer placed seventh in the men’s halfpipe freestyle ski competition after finishing first in qualifying.
Team Alberta is 2-0 in Pool B of men’s hockey. The Alberta crew, coached by Red Deer’s Trevor Keeper, downed Saskatchewan 4-0 and New Brunswick 6-5.
In ringette, Alberta beat Manitoba 5-4 and PEI 8-1. Brea Beck of Red Deer and Lindsay Brown and Jamie Bell of Lacombe are on the Alberta team.
In speed skating Maddison Pearman of Ponoka was disqualified in the women’s short track 1,500-metre quarter-finals.
Third for RDC badminton
CALGARY — The RDC badminton team turned in their best effort of the season as they captured third-place in the team competition during the weekend at Mount Royal.
The RDC team edged Mount Royal 5-4 in the battle for third place back of Concordia and NAIT. The key match up was when an injured Ngan Nguyen and Keelan Stefanik pulled out a tight mixed double victory. Stefanik and Mary Smith also teamed up Saturday to win silver in the mixed doubles and will compete in the Canadian Colleges championships,. March 3-5, in Sackville, N.B. Smith, who won silver in women’s singles, teamed with Paige Curran to take bronze in the women’s doubles over teammates Kailey Fauville and Nguyen.
Generals march to Chinook title
Darryl LaPlante’s overtime goal gave the Bentley Generals a 2-1 win over the host Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs Saturday and a sweep of the best-of-three Chinook Hockey League championship series.
Bentley defenceman Donald Morrison opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 2:41 of the second period. Aaron Agnew pulled the Chiefs even 13 minutes later and the clubs battled through a scoreless third period.
Scott Galenza turned aside 42 shots for the league champs, while Blake Grenier made 51 saves for the Chiefs.
Galenza was the Generals’ best player Friday night, making 36 saves as host Bentley pulled out a 3-1 victory in the opening game of the series.
Paul Cabana, Scott Doucet and Scott Hood scored for the Generals. Richard Kelly replied for the visitors, who got a 21-save outing from David Tetrault.
The Generals will now face the Stony Plain Eagles in a best-of-seven provincial senior AAA semifinal starting Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Bentley. The series will continue with games Saturday at Stony Plain, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Red Deer Arena and Feb. 25 at Stony Plain.
In the other provincial semifinal, the Chiefs will take on the Sylvan Lake Admirals, who will host the first game Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Medican Multiplex.
The second, third and fourth games of the best-of-seven set are scheduled for Feb. 22 and 25 at Fort Saskatchewan and Feb. 26 at Sylvan Lake.
Robertson’s hat-trick takes down Colts
Chris Roberston fired three goals Saturday to lead the Red Deer Vipers to an 8-2 Heritage Junior B Hockey League drubbing of the visiting Mountainview Colts.
Troy Klaus scored twice for the Vipers, who got single goals from Jordan Koopmans, Jeffery Kohut and Maverick Blair, as well as a 40-save performance from Jason Pohl. Colts netminders Jordan Kerr and Ethan Jamiett combined to make 31 saves.
The Vipers host the Stettler Lightning tonight at 8 p.m. at the Arena.
In other Heritage League weekend contests involving Central Alberta teams:
• The host Three Hills Thrashers, with Jesse Scheunert, Kyle Knelsen and Tyrel Severtson each notching two goals, roared past the Airdrie Thunder 9-2 Saturday.
Rounding out the Three Hills attack were Joel Harrison, Matt Wildeman and Clinton Nigh. Devon Dell made 23 saves for the Thrashers, who held a 29-23 advantage in shots.
• Two-goal performances from Kyle Maas and Jason Bell helped the visiting Blackfalds Wranglers dump Airdrie 6-3 Friday.
Greg Gross and Jared Williams also scored for the Wranglers, who outshot the Thunder 45-28 while getting a 25-save effort from Layne Swier.
• The visiting Ponoka Stampeders downed Stettler 7-5 Friday as Jordan Duthie, Scott Rarick and Jared Kambeitz each tallied twice and Kenton Siegle potted a single goal.
Reese Anheliger, with three goals, Tyler Bissett and Mitch Finkbiner replied for the Lightning, who fired 53 shots at Stamps netminder Bryan Zygmunt. Stettler goalies Landon Schmidt and Simon Thieleman combined to make 19 saves.
Snow upset only Isles fined
BUFFALO, N.Y. — New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow can accept the NHL’s punishment following a fight-filled game against Pittsburgh.
He’s just wondering why the Penguins also weren’t fined US$100,000.
Snow spoke Sunday before the Islanders’ game at Buffalo, and a day after the NHL suspended two Islanders and fined the team for failing to control its players. The punishment followed the Islanders’ 9-3 win over Pittsburgh on Friday in a game that produced 346 penalty minutes.
The Penguins were not fined, and only Eric Godard was suspended 10 games for leaving the bench to join a third-period brawl.
Snow said he was surprised the Penguins also weren’t fined, while noting that no Islanders player left the bench to fight.