RED DEER - The Midget AAA and Bantam Elite Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, saw a pair of repeat champions this weekend, as the St. Albert Slash and Calgary Fire White skated away with their respective league banners.
The St. Albert Slash won its second-straight Provincial title in dramatic fashion, defeating the Rocky Mountain Raiders 3-2 in overtime. Trailing 2-1 with time winding down, Madison Willan scored for the Slash with 7 seconds remaining to force overtime. After killing a full two minute five-on-three Raiders powerplay, the Slash got a powerplay of their own, and Mckenzie Hewett scored to seal the win for her team.
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The Slash will now headed for a Pacific Regional rematch with the Greater Vancouver Comets, who they defeated last year en route to an Esso Cup championship.
The Midget AAA bronze medal game also required extra time, as the host Red Deer Sutter Fund Cheifs only needed 57 seconds of overtime to defeated the Lloydminster PWM Steelers 4-3.
It was a close game in the Bantam Elite Championship Final as well, with the Calgary Fire White edging the North Central Impact 2-0 to claim its second-straight Provincial title. Calgary got goals from Ashlynn Stitt and Payten Evans in the first and second periods, and goaltender Alexandra Kieren shut the door to clinch the title.
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Close games were the story of the weekend, as the host Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm held on for a 1-0 win over the St. Albert Raiders to win the Bantam Elite bronze medal.
The Alberta Female Hockey League season officially comes to a close this weekend as the Midget Elite Provincials take place in Calgary on March 29 - April 1.