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Fowler Classic hoops, junior B rivalry game and Alberta Female Hockey League action

Fowler Classic The crossover playoffs in the Fowler Classic tip off today at Richard S. Fowler School.
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BUSTING A MOVE – Max Hartman of the Richard S. Fowler Falcons goes around Joey Boutin of the William D. Cuts Crusaders during action in the St. Albert Physical Education Council junior high league. Fowler, the defending SAPEC Tier I city champion, is 3-0 in league play and 8-0 overall entering the Fowler Classic. Today’s finals are 3 p.m. for the girls and 4:30 p.m. for the boys at Richard S. Fowler School. The tournament features six boys’ and six girls’ teams.

Fowler Classic

The crossover playoffs in the Fowler Classic tip off today at Richard S. Fowler School.

The junior high basketball tournament features six boys’ and six girls’ teams split into two pools and games were played Thursday and Friday at Fowler in pool A and Vincent J. Maloney School in pool B.

Pool A consisted of the Fowler Falcons, Fultonvale and Louis St. Laurent and the pool B teams were the VJM Marauders, St. Nicholas, Esther Starkman (boys) and Elizabeth Finch (girls).

The playoff matches are 9 a.m. (third vs. third for girls), 10:30 a.m. (third vs. third boys), 12 noon (second vs. second girls), 1:30 p.m. (second vs. second boys), 3 p.m. (first vs. first girls) and 4:30 p.m. (first vs. first boys).

Fowler swept the boys’ and girls’ finals at this year's VJM and Boston Pizza Invitational tournaments.

The Fowler boys and girls are also the defending St. Albert Physical Education Council Tier I city champions.

Junior B tilt

The Sunday Night Special in the Capital Junior B Hockey League is the rivalry game between the St. Albert Merchants and Morinville Jets.

Faceoff is 7:30 p.m. at Ray McDonald Sports Centre.

The Jets won the previous three confrontations: 6-3 Sept. 29 in St. Albert, 6-2 Nov. 17 in Morinville and 7-6 in overtime Dec. 14 in St. Albert.

Both teams will compete in the best-of-three qualifying round in the west division after league play ends Feb. 10.

Entering the weekend, the Jets (18-14-1) are ranked third and the Merchants (12-17-4) are fifth as six teams in the west qualify for the playoffs.

The third win in six games for the Merchants was the 3-2 shootout decision against the Leduc Riggers (15-7-2) last weekend at Akinsdale Arena.

The Jets were winners of four of the last five games before playing the host Beaumont Chiefs 23-7-2) Friday. The score was unavailable at press time.

AFHL games

The midget AAA Slash and midget elite Sharks are the host teams today in the Alberta Female Hockey League.

The Slash (18-1-1) play the Red Deer Chiefs (8-12-3) at 2:15 p.m. at Go Auto Arena and the Sharks (13-6) face off against the Lloydminster Steelers (6-12) at 2:30 p.m. at Mark Messier Arena.

The St. Albert teams lead their respective AFHL divisions.

Sunday the Slash, back-to-back Esso Cup national championships, visit Calgary Fire (12-7-3) at 2:30 p.m. at Max Bell Centre and Tuesday the Sharks entertain the Edmonton Pandas (6-9-2) at 8:30 p.m. at Go Auto Arena.

Jeff Hansen

About the Author: Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen joined the St. Albert Gazette in 1991. He writes about sports, athletes and teams from St. Albert and area.
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