Rockets blast off with peewee A title

The Lacombe Rockets, with Jesse Richardson and Ty Wagar each notching two goals, whipped the Wainwright Fusion 9-1 in the provincial final Sunday. Also scoring for the champs were Zach Knight, David Luymes, Shae Reynolds, Ty Glasman and Travis Verveda, while Tony Kozak made 28 saves.

Peewee A

EDSON — The Lacombe Rockets, with Jesse Richardson and Ty Wagar each notching two goals, whipped the Wainwright Fusion 9-1 in the provincial final Sunday.

Also scoring for the champs were Zach Knight, David Luymes, Shae Reynolds, Ty Glasman and Travis Verveda, while Tony Kozak made 28 saves.

The Rockets pounded the Peace River Colts 12-1 in a semifinal, getting three goals from Colby Sissons, two from each of Verveda, Reynolds and Glasman, and singles off the sticks of Luymes, Wagar and Tyler Bell.

Lacombe was 3-0 in round-robin action with 6-2, 10-2 and 5-2 wins over Drayton Valley, Red Deer Holiday Inn and Wainwright. Reynolds was the Rockets’ top producer in pool play with three goals and 10 points, while Verveda had seven points (4-3) and Luymes and Sissons each sniped four goals and added two assists.

The Olds Wolverines fell 3-1 to Wainwright in semifinal play, getting their lone goal from Chase Olsen.

Olds was 2-1 in pool play with a 4-3 loss to Bonnyville and 3-2 and 6-5 wins over Edson and Peace River. Olsen fired seven goals to lead the Renegades, while Conner Jorgenson had four assists.

Holiday Inn posted a 1-2 record, opening with a 3-2 win over Wainwright and also losing 10-2 to Drayton Valley. Dawson Reykdal paced the Red Deer team with two goals and a single helper.

Peewee B Female

VIKING — Jade Lee and Taylor Nyeste each netted two goals and Alexandra Galenzoski made 38 saves as the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs dropped the Stettler Well’s Whippits 5-2 in the provincial final Sunday.

Karly Dwyer also scored for the Chiefs, who earlier posted a 2-0 semifinal win over the host Gas Kings on goals from Nyeste and Jaydan Hood and a five-save outing from Galenzoski.

Sutter Fund was unbeaten in the tournament, posting a 3-0-1 round-robin record with 11-1, 6-3 and 3-1 wins over the Calgary Dinos, Olds Thunder and Bonnyville/Cold Lake, and a 3-3 tie with Stettler. Lee (7-2) and Nyeste (6-3) each had nine points for Red Deer in pool play, while Ashlee Drevant (3-2) and Kirsten Pinkney (1-4) each had five points.

Ronnie Burrows and Morgan Vandusen scored for Stettler in the final. Earlier, Burrows and Vandusen each tallied twice in a 4-2 semifinal win over High Prairie.

The Whippits were 2-1-1 in pool play as Vandusen fired four goals and picked up a single helper and Burrows also notched four goals. Stettler beat Bonnyville/Cold Lake 1-0 and the Calgary Dinos 9-2, tied Red Deer 3-3 and fell 4-3 to the Thunder.

Olds finished 2-2 with an additional 10-2 win over the Dinos and a 3-2 loss to Bonnyville/Cold Lake. The top scorer for the Thunder in pool play was Erika Nelson with nine points (7-2), while Kiera Davidson and Kelly Leonard each contributed two goals and four assists.

The Thunder picked up the ‘play smart’ award.

Peewee AA Major

ST. ALBERT — Red Deer TBS, with Logan Linnell potting four goals and adding three assists and Nick Knezacek (3-1) and Jeffery De Wit (1-3) each picking up four points, managed a 2-2 record in the provincial tournament.

Red Deer posted 6-4 and 4-0 wins over Calgary Blackfoot and Okotoks, and fell 4-2 and 6-3 to the St. Albert Saints and Sherwood Park Jets.

The Lloydminster Blazers claimed the provincial title with a 6-2 win over St. Albert.

Peewee A female

EDMONTON — The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs were 0-3-1 in the provincial tournament.

The Chiefs opened with a 3-3 draw with the Edmonton Force, then suffered respective 8-0, 4-2 and 8-1 losses to Cochrane, the Calgary Dinos and Lloydminster.

St. Albert beat Cochrane 4-3 in the championship final.

Peewee B

FAIRVIEW — Kneehill struggled in the provincial tournament, losing all three games by respective scores of 9-5, 9-2 and 11-0 to Vermilion, Fairview and Wetaskiwin, which downed Vermilion 8-1 in the championship final.

Peewee D

BOW ISLAND — Bowden racked up a 0-2-1 record in the provincial tournament.

Josh Richardson sniped eight goals and added four assists, Brett Dach contributed three goals and seven helpers, Corbin Houchin (5-2) and Reed Engman (4-3) each had seven points and Neil Rose had six assists as Bowden lost 11-5 to Oyen and 9-6 to Redwater, and battled to an 11-11 tie with Raymond.

Killam captured the Alberta title with a 9-1 thumping of Calihoo.

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