AMBHL North/South Finals Set…..Smith and Woo at Canada Games….Nick Chyzowksi On Fire

AMBHL North/South Finals Set…..Smith and Woo at Canada Games….Nick Chyzowksi On Fire

The North and South league finals are set in the AMBHL after four 2nd round sweeps.

The Fort Saskatchewan Rangers defeated the Leduc Oil Kings 3-1 to advance in the north and will now play Sherwood Park in the north final.  Both Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan were the top teams in the north all season long.  The series will feature the depth of the Sherwood Park Flyers vs. the high end talent of Fort Saskatchewan.  Sherwood Park allowed just 77 goals this season in 33 games to lead the north while Fort Saskatchewan’s 180 goals in 33 games lead in that category.

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The Calgary Royals pulled out their 2nd consecutive upset last night by sweeping the Calgary Bisons 2-0 in the best of 3 division final.  Zane Kindrachuk scored the GWG last night in the 4-2 win.  The Bisons were the top ranked team in Alberta entering the playoffs and finished 17 points ahead of the Royals in the regular season standings.





SBAAHL Round 1 Playoffs

The West Central Wheat Kings complete a best of 3 series sweep over the Saskatoon Bandits last night after a 6-2 win.  The Wheat Kings finished the regular season in 2nd last place in the SBAAHL North with a record of 6-19-6.  In the clincher, the Wheat Kings had just 16 shots on goal but scored on 6 of them led by 2001 born Casey McDonald and 2001 born Troy Joyce who each scored twice.  Joyce had just 8 points in 31 regular season games but already has 4 points in 2 playoff games.

The Battlefords Barons stay alive in their best of 3 series by outscoring the Saskatoon Outlaws 7-5.  The Barons regular season scoring leader and one of the league leaders Ty Mosimann scored 3-1-4.  Mosimann, who finished the SBAAHL regular season with 36-35-71 already has 4-2-6 in 2 playoff games.  For the Outlaws, Tristen Shewchuk and Connor Gabruch each had 2-1-3.

The Notre Dame Bantam AA Hounds defeated the Melville Millionaires 3-2 to force a third and deciding game.  Zane Pollon had 1-1-2 for the Hounds.  The Millionaires outshot the Hounds 39-13 but Riley Kohonick was once again very strong and has proven to be someone to consider for the bantam draft.

Lastly from yesterday, it was the Weyburn Red Wings making quick easy work in their series with the Moose Jaw Warriors by sweeping them 2 games to 0 and outscoring them 18-2 after a 8-0 win last night.  2001 born Braden Birnie and Cordel Larson each had 2 goals to led the way while Nolan Renwick (0-3-3) and Jaydon Dareau (1-3-4) also had big games.  Braden Birnie and Nolan Renwick each put up a team leading 5 points in the series.

Sunday’s Matchups

Saskatoon Generals vs. Saskatoon Maniacs (Best of 3 series tied 1-1)

Saskatoon Outlaws vs. Battlefords Barons (Best of 3 series tied 1-1)

Melville Millionaires vs. Notre Dame Hounds (Best of 3 series tied 1-1)


BC Bantam Playoffs

The Kamloops Jardine Blazers open up the best of 3 OMAHA league final with a 6-3 victory over the Kelowna Jr. Rockets.  The Blazers got goals from 6 different players.  Team scoring leader Seigi Brown picked up 3 assists, Ryan Chyzowski and Brendan Roche each had 1-1-2.  Chyzowski has put up 10-3-13 in his 7 games since returning from his season long injury.  He has also put up 2 pts in 2 midget league games.  The Blazers can wrap up the league championship today in Kelowna.

The Victoria Racquet Club Kings drew first blood in the VIAHA league final with a 7-3 win over Nanaimo.  Game 2 and game 3 if necessary go next weekend.


CSSHL League Play

CSSHL regular season play is drawing to a close and the top ranked and CSSHL first place Delta fell 4-1 to OHA and finished the season with a 12-4-2.  Delta had to play their final 2 games of the regular season with out #1 overall ranked bantam prospect Ty Smith who is away at the Canada Winter Games.  Delta, who outshot OHA 33-15 got their lone goal from power forward Matt Mosher While OHA got 2 goals from Ty Kolle.  Kolle led OHA in scoring this year with 6-12-18 in 18 games, currently sitting 6th in league scoring.

POE defeated the Edge Mountaineers for their 2nd win over them in 2 days.  Both teams are now 7-10-0 and will wrap up the league’s schedule with another game today.  For POE, Eli Zummack picked up 2-1-3 to pace the attack has a team leading 7-13-20.  Zummack has also put up 6 points in 4 games with the Elite 15’s.  Edge got their lone goal from Kash Rasmussen, his 3rd of the season.  League goal scoring leader Tristen Nielsen was held off the score sheet and sits at 17-7-24 in 17 games heading into the final game of the season.  His 24 points are 4 back of scoring leader Ty Smith.


Odds and Ends 

– The Canada Winter Games Mens/boys Hockey begin this afternoon in Prince George, BC.  The tournament is for the 1999 born age class but there are two high end western Canada prospects in the 2000 age class who are their as underage players.  Ty Smith for Team Alberta and Jett Woo from Team Manitoba.  A few others to watch are Yukon 2001 forwards Bryce Anderson and Dylan Cozens who are likely heading to a prep school next year.

– Several 2000’s are now getting a look in Midget hockey with their teams out of the bantam hockey playoff races or having time off.  Example was last night as the Prince Albert – Moose Jaw SMAAAHL game had several 2000 born prospects in the game but it was 2001 born Logan Barlage who scored his 1st goal in his 1st game.


Stingy Play Continues for the Bisons – AMBHL Wrap up

Stingy Play Continues for the Bisons – AMBHL Wrap up

AMBHL Saturday Action

Calgary Bisons 6 – Red Deer White 0

The Calgary Bisons pick up their 2nd shutout in 3 games so far this season in moving to a perfect 3-0-0.  The Bisons have outscored their opponents 17-2 in the 3 wins.  Leading the way for the Bisons yesterday were a pair of returning players from last year with Spencer Moe and D – Jacob Bayne both picking up 1-2-3.  Bayne leads the Bisons in scoring through 3 games with 2-4-6 and Moe sits tied for 2nd with 2-3-5.  Sam Anderson added 1-1-2.  In goal, 2001 born G – Taylor Gauthier picked up his 2nd shutout of the season, stopping all 24 shots he faced.  Gauthier has now turned aside all 37 shots in the 2 shutout wins.  Red Deer White starting G – Duncan Hughes allowed 5 goals on 27 shots in just over 2 periods of play.  D – Luke Bast wasn’t dressed for last nights game and also of note is that one of their stronger players – Josh Tarzwell has yet to score in 3 games, just picking up 1 assist thus far.

Spruce Grove PAC 4 – Lloydminster Heat 2

The Lloydminster Heat have now matched the total losses of the entire 2013-2014 they had after losing their opener 4-2.  The Heat, who are expected to fall in the standings this year were 31-1-1 last season.  2001 born G – Ross Hawryluk stopped 56/60 shots he faced for the Heat and did all he could do to hold his team in it.  Tanner Barnes and Easton Haygarth scored the Heat goals.  For Spruce Grove, it was Nate Lakusta with 1-1-2 to lead the way.  10 different players found the score sheet for the Saints.  In goal, Matthew Leroux stopped 27/29 shots he faced.  Spruce Grove are back at it today as they host a strong Sherwood Park team in what should be a good battle.  Lloydminster has a week to regroup before returning to action next weekend.

Leduc Oil Kings 2 – Fort Saskatchewan Rangers 1

Edmonton KC 6 – Edmonton MLAC 6

MLAC score 2 goals in the final 3 minutes of the game to earn a 6-6 high scoring tie vs. KC.  Leading the way for KC was 2001 born Graeme Bryks with 2-1-3.  Big things are expected from Bryks this year in his 1st year of bantam hockey.  Big 6’2 190lbs Ed Riordon, the son of former Edmonton Oiler goalie Ed Mio picked up 2 goals.  Riordon has never played club hockey before but plays physical and has a scoring touch.  A true dark horse to watch this season.  For MLAC, it was 2000 born F – Brecon Wood leading the way with 1-3-4.  While their highest ranked player in 5’11 Joshua Poon added 1-2-3.  KC outshot MLAC 35-28, which as a result both goalies take a bit of a hit on the save percentage stat line.

Calgary Northstar Sabres 6 – Airdrie Xtreme 1

The Northstar Sabres continue to surprise a bit in the early going in moving to 3-0-1 after a convincing 6-1 win over the now 0-2-0 Extreme who lost their 1st game of the season by an identical 6-1 score to Rocky Mountain.  Leading the way for the Sabres yesterday was Michael Johnson with 2 goals which included the eventual GWG.  Johnson leads the team with 5-1-6 through 4 games.  Big Zak Yewchuk added 3 assists, giving him 1-4-5 on the season which puts him in a tie for 2nd in team scoring with Ryan Wallz who picked up 1-2-3 yesterday.  Every player on the Northstar Sabres have a point this year with the exception of D – Rayvir Sangha.  Daniel Bagniuk stopped 28/29 shots for the win and is now 2-0-0 with a .931%.  The lone goal for Airdrie came from Ryan Ries while their highest ranked player Brandon Machado picked up an assist and has figured in on both Xtreme goals so far.  In goal, Griffin Andrews stopped 33/39 shots faced.

Sherwood Park Flyers 10 – Grand Prairie Storm 3

The odds on favorite to represent the North in the AMBHL final this year, start the season off with a bang in winning 10-3.  The Flyers held a decisive 53-23 edge in shots on goal.  Leading the way for the Flyers was Kai Douglas with 3-1-4.  Douglas had just 1-13-14 last season as a first year bantam.  Big 6’3.5 D – Liam Belcourt picked up 1-2-3 along with Cole Wyatt and Nathan Carl.  Ben Rishaug stopped 20/23 shots faced for the win.  For Grand Prairie, it was Austin Schellenberg, Cole Basnett and Ronan Rheaume picking up singles.  Ty Grant went the distance for the Flyers, allowing 10 goals on 53 shots.  Grand Prairie will head to St. Albert today while Sherwood Park head to Spruce Grove.