Congratulations to the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers who have won the AMBHL Provincial title and will represent the AMBHL at this years Western Canada Bantam Hockey Championship in Warman, SK at the end of the month. In the final game, Fort Saskatchewan got a goal from one of their highest ranked prospects – Noah Boyko in the 3rd period for the win and the AMBHL Championship. Sebastian Cossa stopped 36/37 shots for Fort Saskatchewan and Brayden Peters stopped 21/23 for Lethbridge.
The Rangers, who were not ranked as a top 15 team in our initial team rankings at the beginning of the season really gelled as a team as the season wore on. The Rangers finished the regular season at 27-7-2, good enough for 1st place in the Charger North Division, 2nd in the north and 3rd in the overall AMBHL standings. The Rangers finished the season ranked 10th in western Canada and 4th out of the non-CSSHL teams behind only the St. Albert Sabres, Lethbridge Golden Hawks and Calgary Bisons.
In the playoffs, the Rangers got by the Lloydminster Heat in 2 straight games by scored of 3-2 in double overtime and then a wild 9-6 contest. Top ranked G – Sebastian Cossa was on the shelf for that series and and 03 born Bradley Mistol took the goaltending duties. In the division final series vs. Grand Prairie, Cossa was back and the Rangers won a pair of close encounters vs. the Storm by scores of 2-1 and 3-0. Cossa turned aside 50/51 shots faced in the series to help advance the team to the north final vs. a St. Albert team who lost just once all season long in regulation! In the north final, the Rangers took a 2-0 best of 5 series lead thanks to 54/57 saves by Cossa. Then the Sabres roared back for 2 straight wins before the Rangers took the final in a wild 7-4 game where they scored the final 4 goals in the 3rd period with Raphael Pelletier erupting for 5 goals in the game! Then in the final, the Rangers once again got out to a 2-0 best of 5 series lead with 3-2 OT and 2-1 wins with Sebastian Cossa stopping 70/73 shots in Lethbridge. The Golden Hawks then evened the series at 2-2 with a pair of wins in Fort Saskatchewan to force the 5th and deciding game last night in Lethbridge.
The Rangers will have most likely the first goalie chosen at the WHL Bantam Draft with Sebastian Cossa even haven a outside chance at cracking the first round. Other prospects such as Noah Boyko, D – Damon Cyr, Jacob Boucher, Riley Fiddler-Schultz, Raphael Pelletier, Alex Thacker and Jesse Burchart are all likely draft picks on May 4th!
Grand Prairie 5 – Edmonton CAC 3
Grand Prairie Storm: 1-2-0 9GF, 12GA
- Kye Whillans 2-2-4, D – Carter Spenst 1-1 (GWG), Garret Franklin 1-1-2.
- G – Lars Kaliel 27/30
- Kye Whillans leads the team in scoring through 3 games with 4-3-7. Dman Carter Spenst is 2nd with 1-3-4.
- Lars Kaliel has stopped 80/86 with a 3.00GAA.
Edmonton CAC: 1-3-0 11GF, 14GA
- Curran Woods, Ethyn Hopp and 02 – Domenic Morin with 1 goal.
- G – 2002 Blake Lyda 26/31
- Domenic Morin leads the team in scoring through 4 games with 2-2-4 tied with Justin Hall 3-1-4.
- Maxim Currie has started 2 games and has stopped 76/81 shots.
Red Deer Rebels 4 – Calgary Flames 2
Red Deer Rebels: 1-2-1 10GF, 13GA
- Jace Paarup (2-1-3), Walker Stevenson (2 G), Deegan Mofford (2 A) and Caileb Berge (2 A).
- G – Jason Very 29/31
- Deegan Mofford leads team in scoring through 4 games with 2-2-4.
- Jason Very has stopped 72/77 shots through 2 games.
Calgary Flames: 2-3-0 13GF, 15GA
- Connor Brock (2 G), Brendan Boyle (2 A).
- G – Brett Balas 26/30
- Brendan Boyle leads team in scoring through 5 games with 3-2-5. Connor Brock has 3 goals.
- G – Brett Balas has stopped 104/112 shots and has a 2.36GAA
Lloydminster Heat 6 – Edmonton MLAC 0
Lloydminster Heat: 2-0-1 11GF, 3GA
- 02 Jordan Borysuik (2-1-3), Zak Smith (2 G), Caleb Brown (1-1-2), Drew Harty (3 A).
- G – 02 Andrei Proctor-Ramirez 22/22 SO
- 02 Jordan Borysuik leads team in scoring through 3 games with 3-1-4.
- Goalies Proctor-Ramirez and Hawryluk have stopped 106/109 shots in 3 games.
Edmonton MLAC: 0-2-0 0GF, 15GA
- Kanwar Gill stopped 43/49.
Edmonton KC 5 – Leduc Oil Kings 3
Edmonton KC: 2-0-1 16GF, 5GA
- D – Konor Campbell (2-2-4), Brett Rylance (2 G), D – Neithan Salame (4 A).
- G – Eric Ward 30/33.
- Brett Rylance leads the team in scoring with 7-1-8 in 3 games. Graeme Bryks (1-6-7)
- Dmen – Neithan Salame (0-4-4) in 1 game and Konor Campbell (2-2-4) in 3 games.
Leduc Oil Kings: 1-2-0 15GF, 17GA
- Conrad Mitchell and Colby Laird (1-1-2)
- Carter Gylander stopped 49/54.
- Jakin Smallwood leads the team in scoring through 3 games with 5-6-11.
Calgary Bisons 8 – Calgary Royals 2
Calgary Bisons: 5-0-1 24GF, 9GA
- 02 Braden Plaschewsky (2-2-4), 02 Ozzy Wiesblatt (2 G), D – Zachary Ashton (1-1-2), D – Eric Parker (3 A)
- G – Carlos Siso stopped 17/19.
- D – Eric Parker leads the team in scoring with 0-8-8 in 6 games. Quinn Olson has 2-6-8 in 6 games.
- 9 Bisons have 2 goals or more but nobody with more than 4. All but 1 player have recorded a point this year.
Calgary Royals: 0-4-1 9GF, 32GA
- Grayson Dietrich (2 G)
- G – Jack McNaughton 43/51 stops.
- Cole Svenson leads team in scoring through 5 games with 2-2-4.
- Goalies have combined for below a .850 save percentage thus far.
Lethbridge Golden Hawks 5 – Spruce Grove PAC Saints 1
Lethbridge Golden Hawks: 4-0-1 33GF, 5GA
- Michael Horon (1-1-2), Carson Dyck (0-2-2).
- G – Byron Fancy stopped 15/16.
- D – Bowen Byram leads the team with 5-9-14 through 5 games. Carson Dyck (1-8-9), Dylan Nevil (4-5-9)
- Lethbridge goalies combined have stopped 69/74 shots in 5 games. Allow less than 15 Shots per game.
Spruce Grove PAC Saints: 0-3-0 9GF, 18GA
- Trey Williams with the goal.
- G – Chase Langdale stopped 35/40.
- Cameron Aucoin leads the team with 2-2-4 through 3 games. Trey Williams has 2 goals.
- PAC goalies have combined to stop 82/100 shots this year.
Rocky Mountain Raiders 4 – Airdrie Xtreme 1
Rocky Mountain Raiders: 3-1-0 20GF 10GA
- 02 Kyle Crnkovic ( hat-trick), Peyton Krebs (3 A)
- G – Ethan Rycroft stopped 21/22 shots.
- Peyton Krebs (4-12-16) in 5 games leads the team and league in scoring. Kyle Crnkovic leads team in goals (5).
- G – Ethan Rycroft has a 2.50GAA with a .928% in 2 starts.
Airdrie Xtreme: 0-4-1 8GF 26GA
- 02 Jake Neighbors with the goal.
- G – Antonie LeClerc stopped 31/35 shots.
- 02 Jake Neighbors leads the team in scoring with 2-1-3 in 5 games.
Fort Saskatchewan Rangers 5 – Southeast Tigers 0
Fort Saskatchewan Rangers: 1-1-0 6GF, 3GA
- Evan Ladouceur (2 G), 9 other Rangers picked up a single point in the game.
- G – Braden Potter stopped all 26 shots for the SO
Southeast Tigers: 0-3-1 6GF, 27GA
- 02 D – Ty Olinski took 6 PIMS as did D – Peyton Cox.
- G – Ethan Barrows stopped 49/54 shots.
- Joel Herron leads the team in scoring with 2-0-2 in 4 games.
- The Tigers are allowing 56 shots per game thus far.