RED DEER - The third and final weekend of Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, wrapped up on Sunday with five new champions being crowned.
Teams skating away with gold medals were: Nanton Palominos (Senior AA), Wainwright Bisons (Junior B), Wheatland Chiefs (Midget AA), Okotoks Oilers (Bantam AA), and Bow Valley Flames (Peewee AA). Okotoks and Olds each hosted True Spirit of Hockey Days in conjunction with Provincials, celebrating a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport.
As the Junior B Provincial champions, the Wainwright Bisons are now off to compete in the 2017 Keystone Cup, which runs April 13-16 in Arborg, Manitoba.
The Junior A Provincial Championship will be decided through the Alberta Junior Hockey League Playoffs. The North and South Division finals begin on March 31. The Brooks Bandits and Okotoks Oilers are tied 1-1 in the South Division Final, as are the Fort McMurray Oil Barons and the Whitecourt Wolverines in the North Division Final.
Alberta teams put forth a strong showing regionally on the weekend, as the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers earned a bronze medal at the 2017 Western Bantam AAA Championships in Saskatchewan.
Meanwhile, the St. Albert Slash of the Alberta Female Hockey League punched their ticket to the Esso Cup, defeating Greater Vancouver at the Pacific Regional Championships. St. Albert will now represent the Pacific Region in the 2017 Esso Cup in Morden, Manitoba on April 23-29.
Alberta will also be represented on the national stage on the male side, as the Midget AAA Provincial champion Leduc Oil Kings will compete in the 2017 Telus Cup, which runs April 24-30 in Prince George, B.C.
2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES
Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe Generals win series 4-2
Game One: Stony Plain 6, Lacombe 4
Game Two: Lacombe 4, Stony Plain 1
Game Three: Stony Plain 7, Lacombe 4
Game Four: Lacombe 8, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Lacombe 5, Stony Plain 1
Game Six: Lacombe 10, Stony Plain 3
Allan Cup – April 10-15 – Bouctouche, New Brunswick
Midget AAA – Foothills CFR Bisons vs Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings
Leduc Oil Kings win series 3-1
Game One: Leduc 3, Foothills 1
Game Two: Leduc 5, Foothills 4 (2OT)
Game Three: Foothills 4, Leduc 3 (2OT)
Game Four: Leduc 3, Foothills 1
Telus Cup – April 24-30 – Prince George, British Columbia
Bantam AAA – Lethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Fort Saskatchewan Rangers wins series 3-2
Game One: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game Two: Fort Saskatchewan 2, Lethbridge 1
Game Three: Lethbridge 7, Fort Saskatchewan 2
Game Four: Lethbridge 2, Fort Saskatchewan 1
Game Five: Fort Saskatchewan 2, Lethbridge 1