Minor hockey teams gain banners, bragging rights

Hockey playoff season is coming to an end as spring continues to close in.

With a highly successful 2018/2019 year under the belts of many, the east central Alberta region has seen a number of banners and medals doled out.

The Kneehill Chiefs hosted the Hockey Alberta 2019 Bantam D Provincials.

This tournament was held from March 15 – 17, with games in both the Trochu Arena and Three Hills Centennial Arena.

Kneehill hosted Valleyview, Fairview, Saddle Lake, Swan Hills, Ponoka, Hanna and Okotoks.

In the end, it was a Zone 6 championship between the Hanna Colts and Kneehill Chiefs.

The Colts snagged the Bantam D Provincials banner and gold medals after an intense game.

Both teams had accumulated three points by the last minute of the third period. With 54 seconds left, the Colts scored, ultimately winning the provincial title.

“It was a very intense and a little heartbreaking for the boys but it was good for them to make it that far, said Angela McKiernan, Kneehill Chiefs manager and tournament chair. “The community support was amazing. They had so many fans at all of their games. It was a good experience for them.”

Kneehill’s Bantam team was often challenged due to the competitive teams they played against.

“It was really competitive. Going into playoffs – the top four teams made it and going into that last weekend of playoffs we had a three-way tie between second, third, and fourth.

“The first place team wasn’t that much ahead so it was really good and a really competitive season,” she said.

McKiernan also shared that the association, which is made of approximately 120 players, had a great season including the Novice A team which reached the finals of provincials but lost to Bowden and the Atom B team who was able to take home a banner in their tier.

On the other side of the east central Alberta region, Hanna’s novice team won the Tier 5 Banner in their division as well, qualifying them for provincials which will take place this coming weekend beginning on Fri. March 29.

Both Atom and Novice teams are now bound for the Tournament of Champions which will also happen over the coming weekend.

The Drumheller Bantam B team won their Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL), zone, and Provincial Champion title.

The provincial final was held at the Drumheller Memorial Arena on Mon. March 25 against the Hanna Bantam D team.

A large audience watched as Drumheller won the banner and accompanying gold medals.

The Clive Blackhawks Pee Wee Tier 3 Team became league and division champs within the same time frame.

They will be headed to Fox Creek, Ab. for provincials over the weekend, March 28 to March 31.

The Stettler Minor Hockey Association earned a couple of banners as well like the Peewee C CAHL Tier 6 Championship Banner and Female Peewee RMFL Banner.

 

Terri Huxley

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