Sabres skate Sunday
The last game for the St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres before the John Reid Memorial Tournament is Sunday in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League.
Puck drop is 5 p.m. against the Canadian Athletic Club (4-15-5) at Jarome Iginla Arena.
The Sabres (19-5-1, 118 GF/68 GA) are second behind the Red Deer Rebels (19-2-2, 98 GF/37 GA) in the overall AMBHL standings.
The 42nd annual bantam AAA tournament starts Thursday with 16 teams competing in four divisions of pool play to determine the A, B and C playoff brackets.
In the Skybox Grill division, the Sabres are in action at Go Auto Arena on Thursday against the Balgonie (Sask.) Prairie Storm at 10:45 a.m. and the Los Angeles Jr. Kings in the Teddy Bear Toss game in support of the St. Albert Food Bank at 8 p.m. and Friday against the St. George’s Saints of Vancouver at 1:30 p.m.
Tournament organizers are encouraging fans to bring a teddy bear wrapped in a plastic bag to throw on the ice when the Sabres score their first goal against Los Angeles.
The Popowich Orthodontics division consists of the 2019 champion Delta Wild Academy Green, Calgary Flames, Greater Vancouver Canadians and Lloydminster Bobcats.
The C2 Homes division teams are Red Deer, Okanagan Rockets, SSAC Lions and Yale Hockey Academy Lions of Abbotsford.
The RE/MAX-Brian Cyr division includes the Okanagan Hockey Academy of Edmonton and last year’s finalists, Calgary Bisons, Leduc Oil Kings and West Van Academy Warriors.
The only St. Albert team to win the tournament was the 1983 Territorial Leasing Sabres.
The tournament website is johnreidmemorial.com.
Sunday the St. Albert Merchants faceoff against the Sherwood Park Knights in the Capital Junior B Hockey League.
Puck drop is 8 p.m. at Jarome Iginla Arena.
The Merchants are 8-6 on home ice after the 4-3 loss to the Strathcona Bruins (11-18-2) Jan. 3.
Heading into the weekend, the Merchants (16-13) were third in the west division and Sherwood Park (13-14-3) was fifth in the east standings.
Friday the Merchants were the visitors against the Spruce Grove Regals (3-24-2) and the score was unavailable at press time.
The Merchants have seven games left after Sunday’s match before the playoffs start with the best-of-three qualifying round in the west division.