Thrashers win ‘C’ final

Zane Jones of Olds scored his third goal of the tournament as the Central Thrashers downed the Edmonton North Oilers 4-3 Sunday to win the ‘C’ title in the Alberta Cup competition for the top graduating bantam hockey players in the province.

CALGARY — Zane Jones of Olds scored his third goal of the tournament as the Central Thrashers downed the Edmonton North Oilers 4-3 Sunday to win the ‘C’ title in the Alberta Cup competition for the top graduating bantam hockey players in the province.

Irma’s Ambrose Firkus, also with his third tournament marker, notched the third-period winner, while Mike Winther of Trochu and Ryley Bennefield of Wetaskiwin also connected for the Thrashers, who finished 2-3 in the four-day event after losing all three of their preliminary games. Adam Beukeboom of Sundre was the winning goalie, making 25 saves..

The Thrashers won their first game of the tournament Saturday, lighting up the Calgary South Flames 9-5 in a playoff game featuring the last-place team (Central) in Division A and the third-place club in Division B. Firkus and Bennefield each tallied twice for the winners, while single goals were contributed by Jones, Brendan Dennis and Brady Bakke of Red Deer, and Joshua Smith of Lacombe, with his third of the tournament. Central goaltender Tanner Kovacs of Innisfail made 29 saves for the win.

The South Senators edged the Northeast Flyers 5-4 in the ‘A’ final. The ‘B’ title went to the Northwest Sharks, 6-5 overtime winners over the Calgary North Stars, and the South Edmonton Bruins downed Calgary South 6-5 in the ‘D’ final.

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