Friday the St. Albert Crusaders visit the Wetaskiwin Ice Kings in game two in the best-of-three Clean Harbors division final in the Northern Alberta Midget AA Hockey League.

Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.

Game one was staged Tuesday in St. Albert but the score was unavailable at press time.

If needed, game three is 3:45 p.m. Sunday at Akinsdale Arena.

The Crusaders (22-6-4) finished first in the division and ranked second overall in the 27-team league in wins and points.

Wetaskiwin (16-9-7) placed second in the division and was 0-2-1 in the season series against the Crusaders.

The winner advances to the best-of-three league semifinals.

The Crusaders, last year’s Fountain Tire Cup playoff champions, swept the Spruce Grove PAC Saints (12-12-8) in the best-of-three division semifinals. Andy Barr scored the series winner in double overtime in last week’s 5-4 victory at Spruce Grove. Mattias Neset tied it with 2:39 left in regulation time and Connor Mckay stopped 13 shots in 24 minutes of OT and 59 shots overall.

The Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League playoff between the St. Albert Fury and Sherwood Park Fury resumes this weekend.

Game two in the best-of-five affair is 5 p.m. Saturday at Sherwood Park and game three is 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Go Auto Arena.

The series opener was played Tuesday in Sherwood Park but the score was unavailable at press time.

If needed, game four is March 10 at 8:30 p.m. at Go Auto Arena and game five is March 15 at 1 p.m. in Sherwood Park.

The round two playoff winner advances to the March 19 to 22 provincial tournament in Spruce Grove.

The Fury (17-12-3) and Slash (15-12-5) finished fourth and fifth, respectively in the 10-team standings.

The Alberta Major Bantam Female Hockey League playoffs start this weekend for the St. Albert Lady Raiders in Grande Prairie.

Game one against the Peace Country Storm in the north division opening round is 7 p.m. Friday.

Game two is 3 p.m. Saturday and game three, if needed, is 9 a.m. Sunday.

The Storm (12-10-4) finished fourth and the Raiders (10-12-4) placed fifth in the north standings.

Last year the Raiders won more playoff games (six) than in the regular season (five), en route to losing the best-of-three final to the three-time defending champion Rocky Mountain Raiders of Cochrane.


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