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U18 Female Squad Battles Hard In Double Header

It was a tough day for the Team Alberta U18 Female team as they battled two elite hockey teams in less than 8 hours. It was all in a days work for these elite athletes as they are preparing for the upcoming 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax in February.

While both games were a good pace of back and forth action the girls went 0-2 on the day falling 2-3 to the PAC Spruce Grove Saints and 0-2 in the second game of the day to the Edmonton Chimos.

Team Alberta will meet for one last skate on February 20 before they depart for the 2011 Canada Winter Games on February 21, 2011.

The Canada Winter Games occurs every four years. At the 2007 Canada Winter Games, Team Alberta U18 Female finished ninth. 

Former Team Alberta players that have competed at the Canada Winter Games include Canadian Olympic Gold Medalists: Hayley Wickenheiser, Carla MacLeod and Meaghan Mikkelson.

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U16 Team Alberta dominates rebels

It was only 2:43 into the first when Jaedon Descheneau of U16 Team Alberta decided he wanted to set the pace of the game notching the first tally for the team. After a dominating sixty minutes of play, a crowd of over 400 saw the team notch another 8 on the scoreboard ending the game with a 9-2 final and victory over the Red Deer AAA Optimist Rebels.

The first period was good end to end steady action with both teams earning their share of puck possession. Half way through the first a beautiful feed up the middle from Luke Philp to Torrin White allowed him to split the defensemen to go one on one with the Rebels tender where he netted Team Alberta’s third goal of the night.

Entering the second period up 3-1 over the Rebels, Team Alberta was prepared for their opponents to come out fighting. The period saw each team serve a handful of penalties early on, but that didn’t slow down Team Alberta. Both their power play and penalty kill were put to the test with a strong outcome. Their penalty kill was concrete with a solid box, blocked shots and short handed goal.

Unfortunately the Rebels netted their second goal on a power play late in the second period. The Rebels were relentless, with on the puck pressure forcing a turn over behind the net catching tender Brett Zarowny off guard and allowing a wide open net for the Rebels.

Team Alberta looking a little tired at the end of the second struggled to take advantage of another Rebels penalty but held on to a 5-2 lead.

After a well needed intermission Team Alberta came out in the third flying and on a mission. Rebels were able to keep Team Alberta at bay until half way through the period when things began to unravel. Team Alberta continued to press hard and notched another four tallies up on the board.

Netminder Eric Comrie started the game playing a solid thirty minutes and allowing only one goal. Brett Zarowny played the second half, solid in net as well and allowing only one goal.

Two Team Alberta players finished with 4 point nights, Morgan Klimchuk ended with 4 goals, while Jaedon Descheneau had 1 goal and 3 assists. Another 3 players, Jesse Lees, Luke Philp and Torrin White finished with 3 points a piece.

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2011 Canada Winter Games Rosters Announced

Hockey Alberta has announced the Team Alberta U16 Male and Team Alberta U18 Female rosters that will represent the province at the 2011 Canada Winter Games February 11-27 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“This is an opportunity that very few hockey players get to experience,” said Hockey Alberta President, Annie Orton. “It’s a privilege to wear the Team Alberta jersey and represent the province. We know the players on both these teams will take great pride in this and represent Alberta with honour, class and good sportsmanship.”

Team Alberta alumni Jordan Eberle and Devan Dubnyk were on hand to share their Canada Winter Games experiences and welcome the new comers to Team Alberta.

"Winning a gold medal at the Canada Winter Games is something that is still fresh in my mind and something I will never forget," said Devan Dubnyk, who now stops rubber for the Edmonton Oilers.
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“We are very excited about this group of players,” said Team Alberta U16 male Head Coach, Trevor Keeper. “We have a lot of speed up front, lots of size on the back end and two solid goaltenders which is a combination we believe will give us the best chance for success against the top players of this age group from across the country.”

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“Each one of our players should be very proud for making Team Alberta,” said Team Alberta U18 Female Head Coach, Howie Draper. “We have a foundation of talent built around speed that will allow us to compete with the best of the best in female hockey.”

The Canada Winter Games is similar to the Olympics as it is a multi-sport competition and features a cultural component. The Canada Winter Games occur every four years.

At the past five Canada Winter Games, Team Alberta Male has captured two Gold Medals (1999, 2003), two Silver Medals (1991, 1995) and one Bronze Medal (2007). Team Alberta Female won Gold in 1991 and Bronze in 1999 while finishing in 9th place in 2007.