The Calgary South Flames captured the 2011 Alberta Cup with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Northwest Sharks Sunday night at the Nicholas Sheran Arena in Lethbridge.
Josh McCulloch, Landon Welykholowa tallied for Calgary South while Thomas Foster and Kord Pankewicz scored for the Sharks to send the game to overtime. After scoreless 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 overtime sessions, the game came down to a shootout. The third shooter for the Flames was Captain Brayden Point. With the game on his stick Point made no mistake rifling a shot past Sharks netminder Patrick Gora giving the Flames their first Alberta Cup title since 2008 when they won the tournament in Lloydminster.
The 2011 Source for Sports Play SMART Award was handed out to the Edmonton North Oilers for their good sportsmanship, respect and attitudes both on and off the ice.
The Alberta Cup Program begins in March each year with close to 1000 players trying out at their respective zone camps. Each of the 160 athletes playing in the Alberta Cup is competing for one of eighty invites to the U16 Male Provincial Camp in July. The U16 Male Provincial Camp is the final stage in the first year of the Team Alberta Program.
The Alberta Cup is the premier event in the province that helps identify the top male players in Alberta. It is well attended by scouts as they prepare for the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft. In addition to player evaluations, the competition is also an opportunity for administrators, coaches, trainers and referees to be evaluated for future positions with the Team Alberta Program.
Former Alberta Cup graduates include such players as Jordan Eberle, Dany Heatley, Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf, Scott Hartnell and Devin Setoguchi.