The puck drops today at 1:15 p.m. between the St. Albert Flyers and Fort Saskatchewan Rangers at Akinsdale Arena in the Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League.

The Flyers (5-3-4) are fourth and the Rangers (2-6-5) are 11th in the 12-team north division.

The last game for the Flyers was Tuesday’s 4-0 win over the first-place SSAC Bulldogs (8-2-2) at Confederation Arena. Pat Dea (3-2-2, 1.71 GAA) posted the shutout with 36 saves, including 16 in the third period.

Dea also assisted on Nathan Bizeau’s power-play goal to open the scoring. Thomas Friesen scored twice and Ethan Lazaro also tallied as the Flyers registered 31 shots.

Last weekend at home the Flyers fell 4-1 to the south-division AC Avalanche (7-5-1).

The Flyers were 2-2-2 in November. They also won the Prospects Cup in Chestermere.

Sunday the St. Albert Slash host the Southeast Tigers of Medicine Hat in the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League.

Faceoff is 11:30 a.m. at Mark Messier Arena.

The Slash (10-6-3) are third in the north division and the Tigers (14-2-5) are the top team in the south.

Last weekend the Slash blanked the Sherwood Park Fury 5-0 in St. Albert and battled the Edmonton Thunder to a 4-4 draw at Millwoods Arena.

The trio of Kate Lumley and twins Ashley and Deanna Morin combined for five goals and six assists against the Fury (2-12-4). Deanna led the way with two goals and two assists.

Kaelin Klim (6-4-3, 2.09 GAA) recorded 14 saves for her second shutout in a row. She was tested 33 times in the 2-0 win over the Lloydminster Steelers (5-9-5) Nov. 18 in St. Albert.

Klim also stopped 31 shots against the first-place Thunder (13-2-3). Goals by Ashley Morin and Delaney Martin on the power play in the third erased a 4-2 deficit after two periods against the three-time reigning provincial champions and 2012 Esso Cup national bronze medallists. Charity Price and Deanna Morin also netted goals and Rachel Rochat added two assists.

Ashley and Deanna are ranked second and third in league scoring with 29 and 27 points, respectively. Both players have 14 goals in 14 games.

The St. Albert Raiders skate Sunday against the UFA Bisons in the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League.

Game time is 1:30 p.m. at Akinsdale Arena. The Raiders are 6-2-2 at home.

Last month the Raiders lost 5-3 to the Bisons (9-8) at the midget AAA showcase weekend in Strathmore.

Winners of four in a row, the Raiders (12-4-3) are the No. 1 team in league play as the north division leaders.

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