Lacombe Rockets win atom A provincials

Elijah Funkhouser fired five goals as the Lacombe Rockets captured the provincial A championship at Wainwright with a 12-3 thumping of the High River Rangers.


Elijah Funkhouser fired five goals as the Lacombe Rockets captured the provincial A championship at Wainwright with a 12-3 thumping of the High River Rangers.

Matthew Stegmaier and Layne Harty each tallied twice for the provincial champs, who got single goals from Max Flaherty, Adam Heindel and Carter Braun.

The Rockets posted a 2-0-1 record in round-robin play, then downed the Stettler Storm 4-2 in a semifinal as Stegmaier scored twice and Heindel and Jackson Rider also connected. Scoring for the Storm — 1-1-1 in pool play — were Daylan Kuefler and Adam Shirley.

Harty racked up a team-high 12 points (6g,6a) for Lacombe in pool action, while Flaherty was next with 10 (6-4). Shirley and Erik Rost paced the Storm in pool play with two goals and six points each.

• The Red Deer KFC Chiefs were 0-3 at the provicial major AA championship at Okotoks. The Chiefs fell 7-6 to the Fort McMurray Jr. Oil Barons, 8-5 to the Airdrie Lightning and 5-4 to the host Oilers.

Ryan Krawiec (2-2-4) and Josh Tarzwell (1-3-4) paced KFC in points. Cooper Jones was the top sniper with three goals.

The St. Albert Lightning captured the Alberta title with a 4-0 win over the Lethbridge Senators.

• The Blackfalds Bulldogs and Bashaw Stars finished out of the playoffs in the C provincials at Beaverlodge, where the Bulldogs were 1-2-0 and the Stars were 0-1-2 in pool play.

Tristen Hattlo was the Bulldogs’ top scorer with six goals and seven points. Pacing Bashaw offensively were Talon Conner (3-3-6), Tristan Hewitt (2-3-5) and Jeremy Bourdages (4-1-5).

Marwayne beat Manning 7-2 in the final.

• The Coronation Royals finished 1-2-0 at the provincial D tournament at Slave Lake, opening with a 20-1 slaughter of the host Thunder, then falling 11-9 to Picture Butte and 7-5 to Mayerthorpe.

Smoky Lake romped past Mayerthorpe 9-4 in the championship game.

• The Red Deer Red Devils and Olds Thunder came up short of the playoffs in the provincial female championship at Grande Prairie.

The Red Devils were 2-2-0 and the Thunder 0-3-1 in round-robin play.

Red Deer defeated Fort McMurray 9-1 and the Thunder 4-0, and lost 2-0 and 3-0 to the eventual champion Lloydminster Blazers and the Calgary Red Hot Chili Peppers. Olds, meanwhile, fell 3-1 to Calgary and 8-1 to Lloydminster, and managed a 4-4 tie with Fort McMurray.

Red Deer’s top scorers were Rylee Cassidy (5-1-6), Kira Weddell (1-4-5) and Carly Lachance (2-3-5), while netminder Chantelle Sandquist had a goals-against average of 1.50 and save percentage of .929.

Alayna Wagstaff led Olds with four points (3-1). Cianna Wier had a GAA of 6.33 and save percentage of .765.

Lloydminster downed Calgary 5-0 in the final.


The host Coronation/Consort Royals, with Corey Twa scoring twice and Kyle Close, Brendan Fawcett and Brady Gould each netting a goal, defeated the Provost Blades 5-1 to snare the provincial C championship.

The Royals were 3-0 in pool play, then outlasted the Sexsmith Vipers 9-6 in a semifinal as Twa and Tristen Evans each scored twice, Cole Elliott, Brett Canadine, Linden Heidekcer, Mark Wiechnik and Nicholas Gramlisch also tallied, and Lucas Galloway and Zeke Leuck combined to stop 28 shots.

Twa had five points (4-1) as the Royals downed Wetaskiwin 6-1, Boyle 3-2 and Athabasca 2-1 in pool play. Leuck had a 1.00 GAA and .941 save percentage in one game and Galloway’s numbers in two contests were 1.50 and .938.

The Kneehill Chiefs were 0-1-2 in the tournament, losing 7-3 to Provost and battling to 7-7 and 12-12 draws with Coaldale and Sexsmith. Andrew Harrison (10-5) and Ryley Smith (8-6) led Kneehill with 15 and 14 points.

• The Innisfail Flyers posted one win to go with two losses and a tie at the provincial major AA championship in Camrose.

The Flyers opened with a 2-2 draw with the host Bulldogs, then slipped past Edmonton CAC 4-3 and lost 10-2 and 4-1 to Cold Lake and St. Albert.

Ryan Spiller (3-2-5) and Patrick Fougere (2-2-4) were Innisfail’s top scorers. Netminder Klay Munro posted the Flyers’ lone win and had a GAA of 3.00 and a .929 save percentage, while the numbers for Greg Pols (0-1-1) were 3.00 and .905.

Edmonton CAC was a 2-1 winner over the Calgary Royals Blues in the provincial final.

• The Sylvan Lake Lakers and the host Rockets failed to qualify for the playoffs in the AA minor provincials at Lacombe, but the Olds Chiefs got in with their 2-1-0 record and dropped a 6-3 semifinal decision to the eventual champion Strathcona Warriors while getting goals from Colton Anderson, Chase Miller and Keaton Perigny.

Anderson, Ryan Klinck and Greg Delong each had two goals and four points to lead Olds in pool play, with Sam McInnis firing three goals. Thomas Della Siega had a 4.33 GAA and .835 save percentage.

Olds beat Sylvan Lake 5-4 and defeated Grande Prairie 5-4, and dropped a 5-2 decision to Okotoks. Meanwhile, the 1-2-0 Lakers beat Grande Prairie 5-1 and lost 7-3 to Okotoks, and the 0-3-0 Rockets were 6-0, 6-2 and 7-0 losers to Strathcona, Lloydminster and St. Albert.

Joseph Mannix led the Lakers with four points (0-4). Nicolas Herrebrugh was 1-1 for the Lakers with a 1.82 GAA and .912 save percentage.

Meanwhile, Spencer Otto had a team-leading two points (1-1) for the Rockets.

Strathcona defeated St. Albert 5-1 to capture the provincial title.

• The Stettler Storm were 1-2-0 in the provincial A championship tournament at Lethbridge. Jacob Hamel led the Storm with six points (4-2), while Chase Cooke (2-2) and Stefan Du Toit (0-4) were next with four apiece.

Stettler’s first game was a 6-2 loss to Okotoks. From there, the Storm fell 4-2 to Drayton Valley and edged Peace River 7-6.

Beaumont won the provincial title, beating Drayton Valley 3-1 in the final.

• The Ponoka Moose fell just short at the provincial B championship at Vermilion, falling 3-2 to the host team in the final.

Dustin Bell and Colton Somerville scored the championship-game goals for the Moose, who were 1-1-1 in pool play before beating Battle River 6-2 in a semifinal on the strength of goals from Bell, Lane Jones, Tyler Ekeli, Cody Pambrun, Jordan Wombold and Davis Labrie, and Leeland Averill’s 29-save performance.

Bell (4-2) and Labrie (1-5) had a team-high six points apiece in pool play as Ponoka tied High Prairie 5-5, lost 7-6 to Drumheller and doubled Lac La Biche 4-2.

• Andrea Loewen scored the lone goal for the Olds Renegades in a 2-1 provincial female B championship semifinal loss to the Lloydminster Blazers at Viking.

The Renegades were 3-1-0 in round-robin play, with 8-1, 8-0 and 6-1 wins over the Calgary Fury, Beaverlodge and Strathmore, and a 3-1 loss to the Provost Blades. Leading the way for Olds were Juli-Ann Moore with 13 points (6-7) and Bretton Schmidt with 10 (5-5).

Meanwhile, the Lacombe Rockets were 1-3-0, defeating the Edmonton Warriors 6-2 and losing 8-2 to the host Gas Kings, 8-2 to Lloydminster and 5-0 to Spruce Grove. Shealee Dolan (5-0-5) and Sydney Lawson (1-2-3) were Lacombe’s top scorers.

Provost edged Lloydminster 5-4 in the final.

• The host Eckville Eagles were 1-2-0 in the provincial D tournament, with the lone positive result being a 6-2 win over the Jasper Bearcats.

The Eagles, who were led offensively in round-robin action by Sean Campbell (7-10-17), dropped 12-11 and 9-4 decisions to Irma and Redwater. The La Crete Lumberjacks blanked the Oyen Bees 3-0 in the championship game.


• The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs posted a 1-2-1 slate in the female A provincials at Calgary. The Chiefs opened with a 4-1 loss to Sherwood Park, then fell 4-3 to St. Albert, bombed Okotoks 11-1 and earned a 1-1 draw with the host Magic.

Red Deer’s top point-getters were Maddison Toppe (3-4-7) and Kirsten Pinkey (3-1-4). Brooke Cassidy and Breanna Martin each sniped three goals and netminder Alexandra Galenzoski had a goals-against average of 2.50.

St. Albert captured the provincial title with a 4-1 win over Fort Saskatchewan.

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