The St. Albert Raiders return to the ice this weekend in Calgary after a 12-day break in the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League schedule.

Tonight the Raiders (17-8-5) play the Buffaloes (15-8-6) at 6:45 p.m. and Sunday’s game against the Royals (15-7-6) starts at 2:45 p.m.

The Raiders skate into Calgary winless in three games. Their January record was 1-3-1 after losing the last two games at the 35th annual Mac’s Midget AAA World Invitational Tournament as quarter-finalists.

The Raiders have slipped a notch in the standings and are now ranked second in the north division and third overall in the league. The Southside Athletic Club (17-6-6) is one point ahead of the 2012 provincial finalists in the north with a game in hand.

The last home game before the playoffs is Feb. 10 against the Royals at 3:45 p.m. The Raiders are 8-4-4 at Akinsdale Arena.

The Raiders wrap up the regular season Feb. 16 in Leduc against the Oil Kings (15-10-5).

The Lorne Akins Crush wrestling team is competing at the 29th annual Paperweight Invitational Tournament today (Saturday) at the University of Alberta Butterdome.

The Crushers are sending 10 male and six female grapplers to the fourth meet of the season for the junior high team.

The tournament limit is 350 males and 150 females in junior high.

It’s also the last meet for the Crushers before the Provincial Junior Olympics later this month.

The Paul Kane Blues are back on their home court Monday after the exam break in metro Edmonton high school basketball.

In the premier conference Paul Kane (2-4) plays the Bellerose Bulldogs (0-6) at 4:45 p.m. in varsity men’s action and the lady Blues (2-5) hoop it up against the Archbishop Jordan Scots (5-2) at 6:15 p.m.

The Scots are ranked seventh provincially in 4A.

Paul Kane, the two-time defending premier men’s champions, Bellerose and the lady Blues are not ranked in 4A.

Paul Kane is also entered in the 37th annual Tri-Prov Tournament at Harry Ainlay High School. The first game for the varsity men in the eight-team draw is Thursday against the Duchess Park Condors of Prince George at 9:15 p.m.

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