RED DEER – The inaugural month of play in the Alberta Female Hockey League is now in the books, with the Rocky Mountain Raiders (Midget AAA), Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (Midget Elite), and Lloydminster Junior Steelers (Bantam Elite) sitting atop the standings in their respective leagues.
After the first month of Alberta Female Hockey League Play, the Midget AAA Female standings are:
Rocky Mountain Raiders second-year forward, Nicole Fry, leads all skaters in goals (6) and points (12), and St. Albert forward Tyra Meropoulis rounds out the Midget AAA skater leaderboard with seven assists on the season.
October has been a strong month for goaltenders, as four netminders sit atop the leaderboard with a minimum .960 save percentage. St. Albert’s Brianna Sank has not allowed a goal in either of her first two games, and carries a shutout streak (and a perfect save percentage) into November. Bella McKee started seven of Lloydminster’s first nine games, and led all goaltenders with five wins in October.
Outside of AFHL Play, St. Albert participated in the U17 Two Nations Prep Series recently held in Detroit, Michigan. The team went undefeated in tournament play (5-0) and returned home as tournament Champions.
The new Midget Elite division has completed three weeks of league play. The Midget Elite standings are:
1) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (10 pts)
2) Edmonton Pandas (8 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Fury (8 pts)
4) St. Albert Sharks (6 pts)
5) North Central Impact (3 pts)
6) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (1 pt)
1) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (17 pts)
2) Airdrie Lightning (9 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (8 pts)
4) Calgary Fire White (7 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (6 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (4 pts)
Red Deer’s Jayda Thompson leads the way for goaltenders with a .670 goals against average and a .970 save percentage, boasting three wins on the season. Once again, goalies are shining in October, with four holding a .960 save percentage or better.
In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. TheBantam Elite standings heading into November are:
1) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (13 pts)
2) North Central Impact (11 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (11 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (7 pts)
5) St. Albert Raiders (6 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (0 pts)
First-year Lloydminster forward MacKenzie Stafford leads the way with seven goals in six games played, but is tied for the lead in points with fellow forwards Jessica Hay and Chloe Reid, both of whom skate for the North Central Impact.
In net, Jocelynn Pearce of Olds leads the way in just about every goaltender category, with a .500 goals against average, a .980 save percentage and a shutout in two games played.
November heats up as all three divisions will showcase 70 games of fast-paced hockey as these 30 teams battle to earn valuable points in the standings during the first half of the season.