Stettler Storm take home gold

The host Stettler Storm got two goals from each of Alex De Young and Brayden Smith and defeated Stony Plain 6-3 Sunday in the gold-medal game of the Alberta bantam A hockey championship.

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The host Stettler Storm got two goals from each of Alex De Young and Brayden Smith and defeated Stony Plain 6-3 Sunday in the gold-medal game of the Alberta bantam A hockey championship.

Bradley Fulford and Brendan Tucker also scored for the champs, who didn’t lose a game in the tournament. Davin Nattestad made 23 saves for the Storm in the final.

Stettler opened with an 11-2 thumping of the Edmonton Oil Kings, then rolled over Beaumont 6-1 and Lloydminster 10-4 and defeated Stony Plain 6-2 before hammering Lethbridge 9-1 in a semifinal.

James Switensky led the Storm scoring with 11 goals and 14 points in the tournament. Others hitting double figures in points were De Young with 12 (6-6) and Smith (6-5), Kameron Bainbridge (5-6), Tucker (5-6) and Rhett Shingoose (2-9), all with 11.

Bantam B girls

Stettler won a second provincial title as the Storm blanked the Lloydminster Blazers 4-0 in the championship game at Lacombe.

Rebecca Bridge turned aside all 24 shots she faced and Sydney Sorken, Madison Kuefler, Hayden Friesen and Breanne Shaw supplied the goals.

The Storm defeated the Blazers 4-2 in the tournament opener.

From there, the eventual champs downed the host Lacoka Warriors 5-2, crushed the Spruce Grove Rebels 9-2, lost 1-0 to the Edmonton Blizzard and edged the Olds Grizzlys 3-2 in the semifinals.

Kuefler (5-3), Chelsey Devloo (5-3) and Krysta Froese (2-6) were the top Stettler scorers with eight points apiece through the tournament. Sorken (3-4) and Shaw (3-4) were next in line with seven.

The Grizzlys posted a 3-1 record in pool play with 5-3, 9-1 and 8-1 wins over the Lethbridge Hurricanes, High Prairie Young Guns and Calgary Herricanes, and a 4-1 loss to the Red Deer Chiefs. Madison Black paced Olds offensively with 10 points (5-5), while Emma Hoppins (4-5) and Tamryn Schmidt (4-5) each had nine.

Red Deer’s top scorers in the tournament were Avery Lajeunesse with eight goals and 12 points and Brooke Litwinski with eight points (4-4). The Chiefs were 3-0-1 through pool play — beating Calgary 6-0 and High Prairie 7-0 and tying Lethbridge 2-2 — before dropping a 2-1 semifinal decision to Lloydminster.

The host Warriors won twice — 7-1 over the Blizzard and 9-1 over Spruce Grove — and lost twice, including a 3-2 defeat to Lloydminster. Lacoka’s top producers were Jaymee Klinger with nine points (7-2) and Kelli-rai Sieben with six (3-3).

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