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Midget AA action

The St. Albert Source for Sports Crusaders continue their undefeated season tonight in the North Alberta Midget AA Hockey League.

Puck drop is 8:45 p.m. against the Strathcona Warriors (2-8-2) at Troy Murray Arena.

Friday the defending Playoff Cup champions host the Sturgeon Sting (8-7-1) at 8:45 p.m. Mark Messier Arena.

The Crusaders (73 GF/28 GA) and Maple Leafs (74 GF/28 GA) are tied for first overall at 11-0-1 and the St. Albert Steel (10-3-1, 64 GF/41 GA) share third place in the 23-team NAMHL.

The third win in a row for the Crusaders was 11-2 Friday against the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers (3-11-1) at JRC Arena.

Zachry Desranleau, Carter MacDonald and Ethan Pool finished with five points apiece.

MacDonald and Pool also scored hat-tricks while Desranleau and Brandon Gallo each had three helpers.

Shots were 49-25 for the Crusaders and Cole Crozier (6-0, 2.83 GAA) was in net.

The Steel’s third consecutive victory was 9-7 Sunday against the host Camrose Vikings (5-6-4).

The Steel outscored the Vikings 5-4 in the third period as Sean Mitchell struck twice on the penalty kill and Jayden Antunes also scored with the Steel a man short. They were among seven players to find the back of the net, including Aidyn Hutchinson with a pair. Joshua Cyr also chipped in with two assists.

Shots were 26-15 in the third and 61-29 overall for the Steel in support of netminder Liam Bell (6-1, 3.27 GAA).

The Steel’s next game is Dec. 14 against the Crusaders at 8:30 p.m. at Mark Messier.

Sabres games

The St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres skate into the weekend as the No. 1 team in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League.

The winners of four straight while going in 8-0-1 in nine games faceoff against the Maple Leafs (1-14-2) Friday at 8:15 p.m. at Callingwood Twin Arenas and Sunday’s home against the Canadian Athletic Club (3-8-5) starts at 5 p.m. at Jarome Iginla Arena.

The Sabres (14-3-1) are coming off Sunday’s 2-0 decision against the Maple Leafs as Evan Zazulak and Ashton Hutchinson (shorthanded) scored at Millwoods Arena.

Shots were 31-26 for the Sabres and Luke Roberts (8-2, 2.86 GAA) posted the shutout.

In the 20-team AMBHL, the Calgary Bisons (13-5-2) of the challenger south division are ranked second behind the nitro north division Sabres and the St. Albert squad has two games in hand.

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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