Eagles get ticket to Allen Cup in series upset

The Stony Plain Eagles punched their ticket to the Allan Cup tournament in the most unlikely fashion.

The Stony Plain Eagles punched their ticket to the Allan Cup tournament in the most unlikely fashion.

The Eagles downed the host Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs 4-1 Saturday to win the best-of-seven provincial senior AAA hockey semifinal 4-3, impressive considering Stony Plain trailed 3-0 at one point in the series.

Justin Cox tallied twice and Scott Gillis and Tylor Kellor also scored for the winners, who got a 30-save performance from Wade Waters. Mike Fiorillo potted the lone goal for the Chiefs, who got a 27-save outing from Blake Grenier.

Stony Plain pulled out a 3-2 win Saturday over the visiting Chiefs, as Blair Hennes, Jeff Yopyk and Doug Auchenberg notched unanswered goals within a four-minute span of the third period. Joshua Garneau and Trevor Kordyban had staked Fort Saskatchewan to a 2-0 lead.

Waters stopped 32 shots for the Eagles, while Chiefs netminder Jim Watt made 31 saves.

The Eagles will face the Bentley Generals in the best-of-seven provincial AAA final. Both clubs are guaranteed of a berth in the Allan Cup tournament, being hosted by the Generals April 15-20 at the Red Deer Arena.