The Paul Kane Blues and St. Albert High Skyhawks can strengthen their playoff positions with victories Thursday in the metro Edmonton league’s Miles conference.

At 5 p.m. Paul Kane (4-0) tackles the McNally Tigers (3-1) at Clarke Park and at 7:30 p.m. the Skyhawks (3-1) line up against the O’Leary Spartans (2-2) at Riel Recreation Park. Gate admission is $5 for both games.

Paul Kane, the No. 5 Tier II (750 to 1,249 students) team in the Football Alberta rankings, has sole possession of first place after last week’s 43-20 win over the Ardrossan Bisons (3-1) in St. Albert.

Paul Kane is averaging 59 points per game and in the last three wins racked up 28 touchdowns. Grade 12 quarterback Cory Knott leads the Miles in TDs with nine and Grade 12 slotback Theo Block has seven TD catches.

The Skyhawks, ranked sixth provincially in Tier III (450 to 749 students), are undefeated in two games. All three wins by the last year’s Tier III provincial silver medallists were against teams with a combined 1-11 record in the eight-team standings.

Six teams make the playoffs and the top two have first-round byes.

Next Thursday the Skyhawks and Ardrossan, ranked sixth in Tier III, hook up at 5 p.m. in St. Albert and the winner will have the leg up on which team will represent the metro league in Tier III provincials.

Friday the St. Albert Sabres face-off against the KC Squires in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League.

Puck drop is 7:45 p.m. at Callingwood Arena.

The Sabres were 0-3 going into Tuesday’s road game against the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers. The score was unavailable at press time.

Lucus Palladino scored three times in three games and Jack Langenhahan had three assists in two games.

The St. Albert Flyers make their season debut in the Albert Minor Midget AAA Hockey League on Friday in Leduc.

Game time against the Oil Kings is 7:45 p.m.

It’s the first of four road games for the Flyers, who don’t skate at home until Oct. 19.

Sunday the Flyers visit the Spruce Grove Saints at 10:45 a.m.

Last season the Flyers finished fourth at the midget 15 provincials after winning bronze in 2012. They captured the north division pennant at 21-6-5 and repeated as the North Cup playoff champions.

The team’s overall record in league, tournament, playoffs and provincials was 32-9-8.

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