POE – CSSHL Bantam Prep Champions!
POE have won the CSSHL bantam prep championship with a 7-1 thrashing of Delta Prep in the final. POE built up a quick 4-0 1st period lead and 6-0 lead after the 2nd period. Connor McClennon, who will almost certainly go in the top 3 picks of the WHL Bantam Draft (depending on who is selecting) led the way with 3-1-4 while fellow top 10 ranked prospect Kyle Crnkovic had 2-3-5. Jordan Borysiuk, who should go in the top few rounds had 2 goals and big 6’3 G – Talyn Boyko stopped 30/31 shots. Top 10 ranked Justin Sourdif scored the lone Delta marker. All told, we have 25 players ranked from Delta and POE combined so it was quite the showcase for our scouting staff and all of the WHL scouting staffs as well!
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At Fort Saskatchewan, the Lethbridge Golden Hawks won on the road for the 2nd consecutive day to force a 5th and deciding game in the AMBHL Championship series. It has a been a “visitor” series thus far with Fort Saskatchewan taking the first two games in Lethbridge and now Lethbridge winning both this weekend in Fort Saskatchewan. Yesterday, the Golden Hawks took a 2-1 decision in OT as Ridly Greig scored the winner on the PP. Zack Stringer tied the game just past the midway point of the 3rd period and assisted on Greig’s OT winner as well. We expect Greig to go in the top 2 rounds of the WHL Bantam Draft while Stringer should be a first rounder in 2018. The 5th and deciding game to decide the AMBHL champion will go on Wednesday in Lethbridge.
Western Canada Bantam Championships – March 30 – April 2
British Columbia – TBD (Kamloops, Vernon, BWC Bruins, Burnaby Bulldogs, Nanaimo and Prince George)
Alberta – TBD (Fort Saskatchewan or Lethbridge)
Saskatchewan – Swift Current Kabos Broncos
Manitoba – Winnipeg Monarchs
HOST – Sask Valley Vipers
USA Rocky Mountain District Championships
The Rocky Mountain Roughriders are district champions and will advance to the USA Nationals at the end of the month along with Alaska from the Pacific District. Rocky Mountain defeated the Arizona Bobcats yesterday 3-2 in OT to take the championship title. Aidan Thompson and Winter Wallace scored goals to put them up 2-0 after the 2nd period but Arizona would tie it in the 3rd and force OT on goals by Hunter Hastings (1-1-2) and Tommy Giek. In Overtime, Trace Norwell was the hero. Rocky Mountain outshot Arizona 28-23 with Kayden Hargraves stopping 21/23 for the win and Hunter Mitchell 25/28 for Arizona.