Local sports briefs – January 9

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Generals down Innisfail

Colin McRae scored twice and Diarmuid Kelly contributed a goal and two assists as the Bentley Generals downed the visiting Innisfail Eagles 6-1 in Chinook Hockey League play Saturday.

Kyle Sheen, Curtis Austring and Paul Cabana also tallied for the Generals, who got an 18-save performance from Travis Yonkman. Wade Waters stopped 38 shots for the Eagles, whose lone goal came off the stick of Ian Brander.

In a Friday contest, the Lloydminster Border Kings earned a 3-1 win over the host Sylvan Lake Admirals as Ian MacAllister connected twice and Joel Olszowka had a goal and two helpers. Winning goaltender Kris Westblom stopped 21 shots.

Matt Register scored for the Admirals.

Jordan McLaughlin made 29 saves in a losing cause.


Grizzlys win in shootout

OLDS — Tanner Dunkle’s shootout goal lifted the Olds Grizzlys past the Okotoks Oilers 4-3 in Alberta Junior Hockey League action Saturday.

Dylan Hubbs, Tanner Sather and Bart Moran also scored for the Grizzlys before 706 fans at the Sports Complex.

Tyler Krause, with two goals, and Robbie Fisher replied for the Oilers, who trailed 1-0 after one period and 3-2 after 40 minutes.

Brandon Thiessen excelled in the Grizzlys net with a 48-save outing, while Jared D’Amico stopped 28 shots for Okotoks.

The Grizzlys are in Calgary Tuesday to face the Mustangs, then host the Canmore Eagles and Drumheller Dragons Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.


Wells, Stones win in men’s hoop

Eddie Ellis drianed 20 points and David Mccomish added 15 to lead Wells Furniture past the Taggish Lakers 85-46 in a Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association game Sunday.

Thomas Bennett paced the Lakers with 15 points, while Jayron Vinoya contributed 12.

In other action, the Blarney Stones edged the Dream Team 67-65 with Lars Plaetner hitting 17 points.

Dan Christian had 16 points in a losing cause.


Heat take gold

The Red Deer U12A Communications Group Heat were a perfect 4-0 and captured gold in the Red Deer Friends On Ice ringette tournament during the weekend.

The Heat opened with a hard-fought 5-3 win over the Beaumont Yosh, then outshot the Fort Saskatchewan Ice Caps 59-16 while rolling to a 6-1 win.

From there, the Red Deer squad hammered the South Calgary Snapp 13-4 in a semifinal and slipped past Beaumont 3-2 in the championship match.

• The Red Deer State Farm U14A Revenge settled for silver after falling 5-3 to the Beaumont Bazzang in the final.

Kaylee Domoney tallied twice and Mackenzie Lindhom once for the Revenge.

State Farm was 2-1 in round-robin play, dumping the Calgary Vaara 13-2, losing 5-3 to Beaumont and thumping the Calgary Furia 11-1.

Domoney fired five goals against the Vaara, with Lindholm, Isabel St. Pierre and Hayley Lalor each connecting twice and Keesha Fairbrother and Shannel Holtz adding singles.

St. Pierre, Lindholm and Lalor each scored against Beaumont. In the win over the Furia, St. Pierre struck for three goals and Domoney, Lindholm, Fairbrother and Holtz rounded out the Revenge attack.


Vipers hammer Wranglers

Jeff Kohut notched two goals Saturday to help the Red Deer Vipers post a convincing 7-2 Heritage Junior B Hockey League victory over the visiting Blackfalds Wranglers.

David Foord and Kolton Gillett each had a two goal and two assists for the Vipers, who got additional markers from Cole DeGraaf, Braden Corbett and Colten Brule. Liam Wiesse and Jason Bell answered for the Wranglers.

Jason Pohl made 24 saves for Red Deer and Blackfalds netminder Layne Swier blocked 22 shots.

The win capped a successful weekend for the Vipers, who got three-goal performances from DeGraaf and Corbett in a 9-2 thumping of the host Cochrane Generals Friday.

Kohut, Troy Klaus and Justin Moir also tallied for the visitors while Pohl made 22 saves. The Vipers peppered Cochrane goalies Matt Shawchuk and Brady Markham with 35 shots.

Meanwhile, the host Three Hills Thrashers rolled over the Stettler Lightning 6-0 as Micah Abbott potted two goals and Devon Dell stopped all 28 shots he faced. Connor Ablett, Joel Harrison, Cameron Braun and Luke Scheunert also beat Lightning netminder Simon Thieleman, who finished with 27 saves.

Elsewhere, the Ponoka Stampeders were 6-1 losers to the host High River Flyers, their lone goal coming from Cole Pritchard. Logan Stebner and Aaron Swier combined to make 36 saves for the Stamps, who were outshot 42-24.

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