Another busy weekend of Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, came to a close on Sunday, with 14 teams claiming championship banners.
As the weekend wrapped up, seven Bantam teams and seven Atom teams skated away with gold medals: Beaumont Braves (Bantam AA), Edmonton SWZ Oil Kings (Bantam A), Cold Lake (Bantam B), High Prairie (Bantam C), Foremost Flyers (Bantam D), Lethbridge (Bantam Female A), Lacombe Lacoka (Bantam Female B), Springbank Rockies (Atom AA Major), Stony Plain Predators (Atom AA Minor), Olds Grizzlys (Atom A), Sundre Huskies (Atom B), Grimshaw (Atom C), Winfield Mighty Ducks (Atom D), and Okotoks (Atom Female).
The Bantam Female B event saw one of the longest gold medal games in provincial history - nearly seven full periods - before Lacombe prevailed over Lloydminster.
The Bantam AAA title was also decided over the weekend, with the Lethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks sweeping the championship series against the Sherwood Park United Cycle Flyers three games to none. Lethbridge will now advance to the Western Canada Bantam AAA Championships in Okotoks.
In conjunction with the provincials, seven more host communities celebrated Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day, an ongoing partnership between Hockey Alberta and Tundra Process Solutions to celebrate the love of the game at local schools.
Provincial championships set for March 23/24-27 include: Senior AA (Nanton), Junior C (Edmonton), Minor Midget AAA (Calgary), Midget AA (Calgary), Midget Female AAA (Grande Prairie), Bantam Female AAA (St. Albert), and Peewee AA (Fort McMurray). Fort McMurray will kick off its tournament by hosting the 13th and final Tundra True Spirit of Hockey Day.
2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS
Gold Medal Games
Bantam AA - Beaumont Braves 5 - Taber Golden Suns 4 (OT)
Bantam A - Edmonton SWZ Oil Kings 4 - Lake Bonavista Breakers 2
Bantam B - Cold Lake 4 - Stony Plain 2
Bantam C - High Prairie 6 - Vermilion 3
Bantam D - Foremost Flyers 5 - Rocky Raiders 1
Bantam Female A - Lethbridge 2 - Edmonton 1 (OT)
Bantam Female B - Lacombe Lacoka 3 - Lloydminster Lloyd Mall 2 (4OT)
Atom AA Major - Springbank Rockies 7 - St. Albert Lightning 4
Atom AA Minor - Stony Plain Predators 5 - Fort Sask Rangers 4
Atom A - Olds 8 - Wetaskiwin 2
Atom B - Sundre Huskies 4 - Provost Blades 2
Atom C - Grimshaw 13 - Ponoka 2
Atom D - Winfield 7 - Redwater 3
Atom Female - Okotoks White 3 - Olds Grizzlys 1
2016 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES
Senior AAA - Stony Plain Eagles VS. Bentley Generals
Bentley leads best-of-seven series 2-1
Game One: Stony Plain 1 @ Bentley 4
Game Two: Bentley 2 @ Stony Plain 6
Game Three: Stony Plain 1 @ Bentley 4
Game Four: Wednesday, March 23, 8 p.m. - Bentley @ Stony Plain
Game Five: Saturday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Bentley
Game Six (if necessary): Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. - Bentley @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Sunday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Bentley (At Red Deer Arena)
Allan Cup - April 11-16, 2016 - Steinbach, Manitoba
Midget AAA - Lloydminster Bandit Pipeline Bobcats vs. Foothills CFR Chemical Bisons
Lloydminster leads best-of-five series 2-0
Game One: Foothills 0 @ Lloydminster 10
Game Two: Foothills 0 @ Lloydminster 5
Game Three: Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. - Lloydminster @ Foothills
Game Four (if necessary): Friday, March 25, 5:15 p.m. - Lloydminster @ Foothills
Game Five (If necessary): Sunday, March 27, 2 p.m. - Foothills @ Lloydminster
Telus Cup - April 18-24, 2016 - Quispamsis, New Brunswick
Bantam AAA - Lethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Sherwood Park United Cycle Flyers
Lethbridge wins best-of-five series 3-0
Game One: Lethbridge 3 @ Sherwood Park 0
Game Two: Lethbridge 4 @ Sherwood Park 3
Game Three: Sherwood Park 3 @ Lethbridge 4