Minor hockey briefs – March 19

Austin Jacobson and James Ursulak each scored twice as Ponoka defeated Drayton Valley 6-1 to capture the Alberta midget B hockey provincial championship Sunday at Lac La Biche.

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Austin Jacobson and James Ursulak each scored twice as Ponoka defeated Drayton Valley 6-1 to capture the Alberta midget B hockey provincial championship Sunday at Lac La Biche.

Ryan Raugust and Bowin Brachman also tallied for the champs, who got an 18-save outing from Taylor Schnell.

Ponoka bombed High Prairie 9-0 in a semifinal as Jacobson fired three goals, Cole Levesque, Destin Robinson, Dustin Bell, Ryan Raugust, Clinton Motley and Brachman also connected and Schnell stopped all 14 shots he faced.

Ponoka was 2-0-1 in round-robin action, tying Carstairs 4-4 and defeating St. Paul 8-4 and Provost 4-3.

Jacobson, with two goals, Robinson and Raugust tallied against Carstairs, while Matthew Korchinski made 31 saves. Jacobson, Robinson and Rattray each tallied twice against St. Paul, while Levesque and Ursulak also connected; and Jacobson netted three goals and Robinson had one versus Provost.

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The Sylvan Lake Lakers posted a 1-3 record at the provincials in Wainwright, opening with a 6-2 loss to Fort Saskatchewan in which Ryker Leer and Tyson Stange connected, and then falling 4-1 to the Calgary Rangers while getting their lone goal from Leer.

Sylvan Lake followed up with a 4-1 victory over Strathmore with Scott Ronnenberg, Kale Lapointe, Bryce Boguski and Briggs Davis supplying the goals, and closed out with an 8-6 loss to Sherwood Park, getting two goals from Robin Carlson and singles courtesy of Stange, Travis Mayan, Spencer Scott and Tyler Yach.

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The Olds Mustangs reached the semifinals of the provincials at Slave Lake, where they fell 5-4 to Barrhead.

Scoring for the Mustangs, who trailed 4-0 after one period before rallying to pull even in the third period and then surrendering the winning goal in the final minute, were Jesse Lentz, Josh Hammer, Riordan Oulton and Clinton Armitage.

Earlier, Olds slipped past the Innisfail Flyers 4-3, battled the host Thunder to a 5-5 draw and dumped Fort McMurray 6-1.

Hammer, with two goals, Oulton and Chad Jamieson scored against Innisfail, which got goals from Joey Ramsell, Trey Christensen and Ryan Spiller. Olds netminder Jayden Adrian stopped 34 shots, while Greg Pols made 18 saves for Innisfail.

Oulton and Rhett Couture each tallied twice for the Mustangs versus Slave Lake. Tyler Maja also scored for Olds, which got a 15-save outing from Adrian.

Oulton, Hammer, Cory Lamboo, Tyson Schmidt, Austin Pedersen and Colton Weseen had the Mustangs goals in the win over Fort McMurray. Kyle Kardos made 17 saves for the winners.

Meanwhile, the Flyers finished at 1-1-1 after tying Slake Lake 5-5 and whipping Fort McMurray 8-1.

Scott Johnson recorded a hat trick against the Thunder, with Mathew Reierson and Ben Robinson also connecting for the Flyers and Munro making 27 saves.

Tom Vanderline, with three goals, Robinson, Christensen, Matt Johannson, Courtland Wood and Joey Ramsell tallied against Fort McMurray. Munro made 34 saves for the win.

Okotoks took the provincial crown with a 4-1 win over Barrhead.

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The host Rocky Mountain House Royals dropped a 6-2 semifinal decision to Beaumont Sunday, getting goals from Wriley Hunt and Wayde Hogden and 34 saves from Levi Fleming.

The Royals were 2-1 in round-robin play, opening the provincials with a 5-4 loss to Lethbridge. Draven Jerry, Jordi Gutek, Jake Hillier and Brody Bolton scored for Rocky, while Taran Oulton made 38 saves.

From there, the Royals slipped past Grande Prairie 7-6 and dumped Barrhead 8-0.

Justin Lowry notched two goals against Grande Prairie, with Jerry, Bolton, Hillier, Dalton Slager and Logan McMeekin also connecting and Levi Fleming blocking 17 shots. Oulton stopped 13 shots to post the shutout versus Barrhead, while Jerry struck for four goals and Bolton, McMeekin, Slager and Malcolm Mackie also scored.

Meanwhile, the Stettler Legion Blues posted a 1-1-1 record in the other pool, with an 8-1 win over Vegreville, a 2-2 tie with Beaumont and a 4-3 loss to Hanna.

Micah Croker and Brandon Hoskins turned in two-goal efforts in Stettler’s lone victory. Logan Davidson, Braden Bowie, Nick Yaschuk and Mackenzie Rost rounded out the Blues’ scoring and Josh McCallum made 19 saves.

Clinton Allen and Mike Neumeier scored against Beamont, with McCallum making 30 saves, and Croker, Hoskins and Neumeier had the Blues goals and Mark Schell made 19 saves in the loss to Hanna.

Beaumont won the provincial championship with a 6-3 win over Hanna.

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