STRATHMORE — Tyler Steenbergen of Sylvan Lake scored twice in a losing cause as Central fell 5-3 to Edmonton North in Sunday’s D final of the Alberta Cup hockey tournament for second-year bantam players.
Tyler Graber of Red Deer also tallied for Central, while Geordan Andrew of Red Deer and Jake Carlson of Crossfield combined to make 23 saves.
Central opened the tournament with an 8-1 loss to Edmonton South, their lone goal coming off the stick of Regan Doig of Hanna. Carlson stopped 35 shots in defeat.
From there, Tyler Wall of Red Deer tallied twice in a 4-4 draw with Calgary South. Luke Coleman of Red Deer and Lane Zablocki of Wetaskiwin also scored for Central, while Andrew made 36 saves.
Steenbergen, Coleman and Matthew Froelick of Rimbey were the Central snipers and Andrew turned aside 21 shots in a 3-3 round-robin tie with Edmonton North.
Despite outshooting Northwest 49-24, Central dropped a 2-1 decision in the first playoff round.
MacGregor Sinclair of Irma notched the lone Central goal and Carlson made 22 saves.
Steenbergen led all Central scorers with five points (3g,2a) in five games. Coleman (2-1-3), Zablocki (1-2-3) and Ryan Chambers of Blackfalds (0-3-3) were next in line.