CSSHL Weekend Action
The Northern Alberta Extreme win their first ever game yesterday in convincing fashion with a 7-2 victory over Notre Dame in Edmonton. NAX out shot Notre Dame 55-36 and were led by high ranked Zac Ostapchuk who was the lone multi goal scorer with 2-1-3. Dylan Guenther and Brett Hyland, who we also expect to be a high picks had 1-1-2 each and big Lucas Ciona had the same. One of the top ranked goalies in Western Canada – Lochlan Gordon stopped 34/36 shots for the win. The two teams will meet again today.
The Delta Academy White entertained Pacific Coast Academy in what was Pacific Coast Academies first ever game by a score of 2-0. Luke Palulak and Geoff Johnson scored for Delta White while Mateo Mrsic (2004) picked up 2 assists. Nathan Kirkpatrick stopped all 29 shots he faced for Delta while Damien Perovic stopped 29/31 for PCHA. The two teams will meet again today.
OHA Penticton continue their hot start to the season in moving to 3-0-0 after a 5-4 OT victory against host POE, who drop to 0-2-1. Top 10 overall ranked Cole Sillinger picked up 2 more goals to give him 10 goals in 3 games already. No other player on OHA have more than 3. Porter Trevelyan scored the overtime winner and had 2-1-3. Jared Picklyk stopped 27/31 for OHA. For POE, Hayden Prosofsky had 2 goals. Prosofsky came over this year from Medicine Hat. Ashton Billesberger stopped 41/46.
AMBHL Weekend Action
The AMBHL North season started this weekend and the first game came Friday where 2004 Billal Noori proved why he’s considered a top 10 by our scouts with a huge 4 goal out burst as Edmonton CAC defeated Sherwood Park 6-4. Hudson Norris had the other 2 goals and James Gibson had 2 assists. For Sherwood Park, D – Colby Ball had a nice game with 1-3-4. Jayden Dyce stopped 26/31 for Sherwood Park while William Lam stopped 27/31.
At St. Albert, Edmonton SSAC got a goal with under 2 minutes left from captain D – Adam Lemieux to earn a 4-4 tie against a very good St. Albert squad. Lemieux also had an assist for a 2 point and was the only multi point getter for SSAC. It also marked the debut of 2005 born Kai Matthew who scored in the game! For St. Albert, Ethan Sundar had 1-1-2 and Matthew Tebbutt stopped 15/19. Zac Onyskiw (2004) stopped 35/39 for Edmonton SSAC.
At Lethbridge, the Golden Hawks move to 2-1-0 after a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Northstar Sabres who are now 0-3-0. Ranked D – Carson Haynes broke a 2-2 tie late in the 3rd period and then Rylan Bruns added an insurance marker. Conner Furukawa chipped in with a pair of assists for Lethbridge who was backstopped by 2004 born G – Erick Roast who stopped 29/31. Big D – Kent Anderson and Connor Burke replied for the Northstar Sabres and Dylan LaCroix stopped 29/32. We expect LaCroix to go fairly high among goalies this year in the draft. Of note, Dean Spak who we have ranked in the top three rounds for the draft has 1-0-1 so far this season.
At Airdrie, the Xtreme double up the Calgary Royals 6-3 to move to 3-0-0 and drop the Royals to 1-2-0. The Xtreme are expected to be the top team in the AMBHL south this season. Leading the way for the Xtreme was Craig Armstrong with 2-2-4. Armstrong was ranked by our scout as a top 5 prospect from the province of Alberta and continues his upward development swing. He leads the team in scoring so far with 3-2-5 in 3 games. High ranked G – Nathan Airey stopped 45/48 shots for the Xtreme. The Royals got 1-1-2 from Joshua Danis and G – Cameron Hrdlicka stopped 25/30 shots. Through 3 games played this season D – Warren Marcotte (2-2-4) and Blake Setter (2-2-4) lead the Royals in scoring.
At Edmonton, the Calgary Flames Ethan Gorniak scored a pair of goals to pace the attack. He leads the team now with 3 goals and 3 points in 3 games. This was the Flames first win of the season. Joel Freer had 1-2-3 and Joshua McLoughlin stopped 22/24. For MLAC, D – Nolan Palmer and Cameron Rimstad scored the goals who were outshot 53-24.
At Medicine Hat, the SEAC Tigers earned a 4-4 tie with the Okotoks Oilers. Both teams are now 0-1-1. For Okotoks, D – Dru Krebs (brother of 1st overall pick Peyton Krebs) had 2 goals, including the GTG late in the 3rd period. 2004 born high ranked F – Liam Watkins picked up 3 assists, giving him 5 assists to lead the team in scoring through 2 games. Jase Fleury led the way for SEAC with 1-1-2.
At Calgary, the Red Deer Rebel Chiefs and the Calgary Bisons battled to a 1-1 tie. Both teams remain undefeated at 2-0-1. Jayden Henderson of Red Deer tied with under 2 minutes to go in the 3rd period, he leads the team with 3-1-4 through 3 games, after Samuel Huck scored early in the 3rd for the Bisons, his 2nd of the season. Marek Pocherewny was strong yet again stopping 31/32 and Colby Knight 20/21 for Red Deer.
At Edmonton, Grand Prairie opened their season with a 3-2 victory over a strong CAC team. One of the highest ranked Defenceman from Alberta led the way with 2 goals which included the GWG with just 44 seconds remaining which came 14 seconds after CAC tied it at 2s. Billal Noori scored 2 more goals to give him 6 through 2 games this season with James Gibson assisting on both goals.
SBAAHL Weekend Action
At Saskatoon, the Saskatoon Outlaws opened up the SBAAHL regular season schedule with a bang in a convincing 9-2 win over the Humboldt Broncos. Matthew Hayden-Fafard scored 3-1-4 and Matthew Hodson had 2-1-3. The highest ranked Saskatchewan 2004 born prospect Nolan Flamand had 1-3-4. Brett Mirwald picked up the win in goal. The Outlaws will play at home once again today against Moose Jaw this time.
Also at Saskatoon, the Saskatoon Stallions were all over the Moose Jaw Warriors 6-0. The Warriors of course were decimated by the Prairie Hockey Academy who had several players move to PHA this season which really hurt their bantam AA squad. Grayson Chell led the way with 2 goals while 2004 born Mason Bueckert who our scouts really like had 1-2-3 and Logan Olson with 4 assists. Picking up the shutout was 2004 born Ethan Chadwick.
At Martensville, the young Marauders played their first ever game and hung in well with a big Prince Albert team who have several likely draft picks this year. Logan Cox and Gabe Klassen both scored for PA and should be go in the top 5 rounds of the draft this season. Mason Hawkes stopped 20/21 for the win. Martensville got their goal from Holdon Doell and it also marked the debut of a pair of 2005 born players Brayden Yager and Riley Heidt.
At Yorkton, the Weyburn Red Wings defeated Yorkton 3-1. Ryker Watt led the way for Weyburn with 1-1-2 and Dylan Ernst stopped 23/24 shots. For Yorkton, Rhys Maksimow scored the lone goal with Kael Depape stopping 26/29 in defeat.