| Posted: Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 06:00 am
Raiders lose out
The season is over for the St. Albert Raiders after their third-straight loss to the Lloydminster Bobcats in the best-of-five midget AAA north division final.
Monday in game four at Akinsdale Arena the Bobcats tallied twice on the power play to defeat the Raiders 6-3.
Period scores were 2-1 Raiders after the first and 3-2 Bobcats after the second.
Ethan Lazaro and Nathan Bizeau potted goals in the opening 20 minutes and co-captain Harrison Klein scored with 6:09 left in regulation time to cut the deficit to 5-3.
Shots were 35-29 for the Bobcats. Pat Dea (6-5, 2.66 GAA and .921 save percentage) started his 11th straight playoff game for the Raiders.
Sunday in game three at Lloydminster the Bobcats capitalized three times on the power play to double up the Raiders 6-3.
The Bobcats led 3-1 after the first and 4-2 after two periods.
Luc Smith, Kole Bryks and Lazaro replied for the Raiders.
Forward Conner Lukan and defenceman Ty Lindberg didn’t play Sunday because of suspensions from incidents in the game two 4-1 loss in St. Albert. The Bobcats struck twice on the power play to tie the series at one apiece.
The Raiders won the playoff opener 3-2 on the road after falling behind by two goals.
In the north standings the Bobcats (24-9-2) shared first place and the Raiders (18-11-6) were ranked fifth out of six playoff teams.
The Bobcats led the league in scoring and the Raiders were the No. 1 defensive team in the north.
Atom AA champs
The St. Albert Lightning scored three unanswered goals in the third period to defeat the Edmonton SWAT Attack 5-4 to win the Hockey Alberta atom AA provincial championship Sunday in Okotoks.
Kaelan Shelton, Marc Lajoie and Hudson Ketsa capped off the team’s third comeback victory of the tournament.
The Lightning led 2-1 after the first on goals by Ethan Sundar and Ketsa but trailed 4-2 after 40 minutes.
In the semifinals the Lightning erased a 2-0 deficit after two periods to defeat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2.
In the round robin the Lightning lit up Airdrie 11-2, lost 6-4 to SWAT, tied the Strathcona Warriors 6-6 after trailing 6-2 late in the second and doubled the Okotoks Oilers 8-4 to finish second in pool A behind the 4-0 SWAT.
Tyson Greenway was the Lightning’s top point producer in the tournament with 11 and Aidyn Hutchinson was the leading goal scorer with six.
Going into provincials the Lightning won all four tournaments they competed in this season, including Edmonton Minor Hockey Week.
Visit www.stalbertgazette.com to view the Lightning’s team picture.
The peewee AA Saints and Sabres have home ice advantage at provincials, starting Thursday in St. Albert.
The 10-team tournament features the Saints, Cochrane Timberwolves, Fort Saskatchewan Rangers, Grande Prairie Knights and KC Lancers in pool A and the Sabres, Blackfoot Chiefs, Strathcona Warriors, Sylvan Lake Lakers and Okotoks Oilers in pool B.
Thursday the Saints face off against the Lancers at 10:45 a.m. at Troy Murray Arena and the Sabres play Blackfoot at 1:15 p.m. at Akinsdale Arena.
The top two teams in both pools qualify for Sunday’s semifinals at 8:30 a.m. at the Northstar Hyundai and Troy Murray arenas.
The final is 2:30 p.m. at Akinsdale.
The complete provincial schedule is on page 60.
The guest of honour at the Thursday night banquet at the Enjoy Centre is Team Canada defenceman Meaghan Mikkelson, a two-time Olympic gold medallist who played her minor hockey in St. Albert.
The Saints finished first overall in league play at 19-2-1 as the metro blue division winners.
In three tournaments the Saints won the Darcy Robinson Memorial in Kamloops and Edmonton Minor Hockey Week and placed second in the KC IceBreaker in Bon Accord.
Defenceman Kyle Lawrence and forward Carson Henry are returning Saints.
The Sabres’ overall record is 29-11-2 (239 GF/128 GA).
In tournament action the Sabres lost the Jasper final in a shootout, placed second in Edmonton Minor Hockey Week and competed in Cranbrook.
The peewee age division is players born in 2001/02.