Minor hockey briefs – March 18

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Major Bantam AA

The Sylvan Lake Lakers finished 2-1-1 and just out of the playoffs in the provincial championship tournament at Medicine Hat during the weekend.

The Lakers opened with an 11-10 loss to Okotoks, getting three goals from Carson Lukocs, a pair from Brady Hellofs and singles off the sticks of Shane Frisneth, Chance McKnight, Ryan Chambers, Kade Garrity and Braidon Westin.

From there, Sylvan Lake tied Fort McMurray 4-4 and posted respective 3-2 and 5-3 wins over the host Venoms and Edmonton Southside.

Westin, with a pair, Chambers and Gunnar Kasha scored against Fort McMurray. Westin, Frisneth and Quinn Justinen were the marksmen against the Venom and Chambers, Lukocs, Westin, Frisneth and Landon Siegle scored in the win over Edmonton Southside.

Southside defeated St. Albert 4-0 in the championship game.


Bantam A

The host Stettler Storm got two-goal performances from Mark Bengert and Tye Mulgrove en route to a 5-3 win over the Okotoks Oilers in the gold-medal final of the provincial championship.

Quade Cassidy also scored for the Alberta champs, who got a 23-save effort from Benjamin Bauman.

The Storm advanced to the gold-medal game with a 3-2 semifinal win over the Olds Grizzlys. Matthew Sylvester scored twice and Cassidy also tallied for Stetter, while Matthew Gaudette and Alan Klinck replied for Olds.

Earlier, Stettler posted 8-0 wins over Edmonton K of C and the Whitecourt Wolverines, doubled the Beaumont Braves 6-3 and downed the Lloydminster Blazers 7-4.

The Grizzlys posted 5-2 and 9-2 round-robin wins over Okotoks and Calgary Westwood, and fell 3-2 to Sherwood Park. Connor Jorgensen paced the Grizzlys with five goals and seven points in the tournament, while Brock Kreb had six points (3-3) and Gaudette (2-3) and Connor Brown (1-4) each had five.


Bantam B

The Stettler Storm were 0-3 at the provincials in Slave Lake, losing 14-2, 7-2 and 12-2 to the host Thunder, Okotoks Oilers and Edson Warriors.

Steve McCrea led the Storm with three goals, while Ryan Mielke had a goal and an assist.

Slave Lake beat Edson 6-4 in the final.


Bantam A Female

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs bowed out of the provincial championship at Edmonton with a 5-4 loss to the host Rebels.

Brooke Cassidy sniped three goals and Amy Anderson also scored for the Chiefs, who earlier tied Fort Saskatchewan 3-3 and lost 5-1 and 6-1 to teams from Calgary and Airdrie.

Tyla Lee, Jessica Makofka and Allison Currie scored in the Red Deer tie, Lee tallied in the loss to Airdrie and Teagan Smith scored against Calgary.


Bantam B Female

Innisfail, with Breanna Donnelly scoring twice, knocked off Onoway 4-1 in the final of the provincial championship at Cold Lake.

Also scoring for the Alberta champs were Makenna Doel and Faith Gette, who potted the overtime winner in a 4-3 semifinal victory over Camrose.

Doel, Katie Hendrickson and Jordyn Burgan also tallied in the semifinal.

Olds fell 4-3 to Onoway in the other semifinal. Kelly Leonard, with two goals, and Dayna Leonard scored for Olds, which was 4-0 in round-robin play with respective 1-0, 4-0, 6-1 and 4-2 victories over Innisfail, Fort McMurray, Beaverlodge and Calgary.

Kelly Leonard led Innisfail in round-robin scoring with eight points (4-4). Janelle Graham contributed two goals and three assists to the Olds attack, while Kiera Davidson and Victoria Wagstaff each had two goals and two helpers.

Innisfail was 3-1 in pool play, with their wins coming over Beaverlodge (6-1), Calgary (5-2) and Fort McMurray (6-1). Leading the charge offensively were Doel with 11 points (8-3), Gette with 10 (6-4) and Burgar with nine (2-7).


Peewee A Female

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs dropped a 2-1 decision to Sherwood Park in the final of the provincial tournament at Grande Prairie.

Taryn Hunt scored the lone goal for the silver medalists, while Mandi Fitzsimons made 17 saves.

The Chiefs advanced to the championship game with a 4-2 semifinal win over the Edmonton Rebels. Scoring for Red Deer were Jenna St. Pierre, Jade Bussard, Shae Demale and Kaylee Sawchuk, while Chantelle Sandquist made 15 saves.

Red Deer was dominant in the round-robin, opening with a 4-0 win over Lloydminster and following with 4-2, 9-1 and 16-0 victories over Olds, Calgary and Fort McMurray, respectively. Demale led the Chiefs with 17 points (8-9) in six games, with Bussard recording 13 (7-6) and Hunt chipping in with 12 (6-6).

Olds managed a 1-2-1 record, beating Fort McMurray 7-4, tying Lloydminster 1-1 and falling 8-2 to Calgary. Alayna Wagstaff was Olds’ leading scored with five points (4-1) and Kaley Meuller also fired four goals.


Atom AA Major

The Red Deer KFC Chiefs struggled in the provincial tournament at Strathcona, finishing 0-4.

Carter Bettenson and Mason Jorgensen scored for the Chiefs in a 9-2 opening loss to Fort McMurray and also provided the goals in a 10-2 setback to the SWAT Spitfires.

Ben Perreault was the lone KFC sniper in a 17-1 loss to the St. Albert Lightning. Red Deer also fell 16-0 to the host team.


Atom A

The Olds Grizzlys captured the provincial title at Lacombe with a 5-0 victory over Taber.

Ty Bjarnason sniped a pair of goals for the winners, with Logan Richards, David Hoppins and Steven Bell adding one apiece and Peyton Lobe stopping 12 shots for the shutout.

Olds roared through round-robin play with a 5-3 victory over Taber and wipeouts wins of 15-0, 17-4 and 14-1 over Wetaskiwin, Sexsmith and Devon.

Olds then downed Bonnyville 3-2 in a semifinal, getting goals from Charlie Wright, Ethan Sorje and Bjarnason.

Bjarnason led all Olds scorers with 10 goals and 16 points. Richards had 15 (10-5) and Wright (10-4), Ronan Seely (7-7) and Bell (7-7) each conributed 14.

The host Rockets finished with two wins and two losses and didn’t make the playoffs.

Myles Pallister fired three goals as the Rockets opened with a 7-1 victory over Slave Lake. Pallister contributed a goal and two assists for Lacombe in a 4-3 win over Wainwright and the Rockets fell 17-3 to Bonnyville and 8-4 to Drayton Valley.

Pallister paced the hosts with five goals and 10 points in the four games. Kobe Smallman chipped in with two goals and six points and Wyatt Petrie added four points (2-2).


Atom B

The Blackfalds Bulldogs had to settle for silver at the Alberta championship at Fairview, losing 8-5 to Peace River in the final.

Brett Meerman tallied twice for the Bulldogs, who led 3-0 after one period. Tate Causey, Ethan Predinchuk and Dylan Hunt had the other Blackfalds goals.

The Bulldogs were 2-1 in pool play, posting 11-2 and 9-1 wins over the Lac La Biche Clippers and Crossfield Icehawks and falling 7-6 to Peace River.

From there, Blackfalds dumped Westlock 7-3 in a semifinal as Meerman sniped three goals and Brayden Hatto, Causey, Foxx Doell and Hunt also connected. Meerman was the Bulldogs’ offensive leader with 15 points (8-7), while Joshua Johnston (4-6-10), Rayne Rosta (4-5-9) and Doell (5-3-8) were next in line.


Atom C

Wyatt Fluet scored twice as the host Sundre Huskies captured the Alberta title with a 6-1 win over Rimbey.

Ethan Simpson, Tyson Surbey, Noah Callow and Kaieson Johnson had the other Sundre goals. Hayden Motowylo tallied for Rimbey.

In pool play, Rimbey beat Kitscoty 7-4 and Foremost 10-5, and tied Sundre 2-2. Sundre, meanwhile, downed Foremost 7-2 and dropped a 2-1 decision to Kitscoty.

The host Huskies followed up with a 3-2 semifinal win over Beiseker. Callow’s third-period goal — his second of the game — was the winner, with Fleut also pulling the trigger for Sundre and Carter Vooys making 27 saves.

Rimbey, with Motowylo connecting in the second overtime period, downed Tofield 4-3 in the other semifinal. Ethan Coston scored twice for the winners, Bryce Scott added a single and Geran Christiansen made 39 saves.

Callow was Sundre’s top scorer during the tournament with five goals and nine points, while Fluet followed with eight points (4-4). For Rimbey, Coston (7-6) and Reid Christiansen (5-8) each had 13 points and Motowylo had 12 (6-6).


Atom D

The host Consort Junior Comets, with Edison Weeks potting three goals, defeated Big Valley 5-1 Sunday to capture the Aberta crown.

Logan Lorenz and Greg Nelson also tallied for the Comets. Big Valley’s goal was supplied by Kasey Hiemstra.

Consort opened pool play with a 13-2 win over Bentley, then whipped Andrew 11-2 and dumped the Cremona Cowboys 10-3.

The Comets defeated Cremona 12-7 in a semifinal, as Lorenz fired seven goals and Ethan Weeks recorded a hat trick. In the other semifinal, Hiemstra erupted for five goals and Rhett Walker added a pair as Big Valley slipped past Andrew 8-7.

Big Valley was 3-0 in pool play, recording respective 6-5, 17-1 and 6-3 wins over Cremona.

Lorenz led Consort in scoring with 21 goals and 34 points in four games. Edison Weeks (11-8) and Nelson (6-13) were next with 19 points apiece and Ethan Weeks had 14 (5-9).

For Big Valley, Walker led the way with 14 goals and 19 points. Daniel Brown (8-7-15) and Hiemstra (9-5-14) were next in line.

Bentley, meanwhile, managed one wins and two losses. Bentley, with Kayde Budgell doing most of the damage with nine goals and a single assist, lost 13-2 and 10-4 to Consort and Andrew, and defeated Pembina 6-5.

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