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LEADING THE WAY – Evan Zazulak of the St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres breaks away from Nigel Loh, centre, and Zach Zapanta of the St. George's Saints of Vancouver at the John Reid Memorial Tournament last week. Zazulak scored the opening goal in the 8-3 loss. The Sabres finished the 42nd annual St. Albert bantam AAA tournament with two wins and three losses as the B finalists. The Sabres (20-5-1) resume league play Sunday against the Calgary Northstars (5-12-7) at 10:45 a.m. at Jarome Iginla Arena and 8 p.m. Tuesday against the SSAC Lions (12-6-5) at Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre before competing at the Kelowna tournament on Wednesday. CHRIS COLBOURNE/St. Albert Gazette

Sabres update

The St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres have two games scheduled before next week’s tournament in Kelowna.

Sunday the Sabres host the Calgary Northstars (5-12-7) at 10:45 a.m. at Jarome Iginla Arena and Tuesday’s start time is 8 p.m. against the SSAC Lions (12-6-5) at Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre.

The Sabres (20-5-1) are ranked second overall behind the Red Deer Rebels (20-2-2) in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League with seven games left for the St. Albert team before the playoffs.

Wednesday the Sabres are in Kelowna and the tournament draw includes matches against the Okanagan Hockey Academy, Seattle and Fraser Valley.

The Sabres finished last week’s John Reid Memorial Tournament with a 2-3 (19 GF/24 GA) record as B finalists.

Midget AA action

The St. Albert Steel enjoy home-ice advantage today in the Northern Alberta Midget AA Hockey League.

The Steel host the Lloydminster Blazers (10-11-2) at 1:30 p.m. at Jarome Iginla Arena.

Friday the Steel (17-5-1) and the first-place St. Albert Source for Sports Crusaders (19-1-1) squared-off and the score was unavailable at press time.

The next games for both teams are 8:15 p.m. Thursday for the Steel against the Strathcona Warriors (4-15-4) at Go Auto Arena and 8:45 p.m. Friday for the Crusaders against the Leduc Roughnecks (3-2-1) at Mark Messier Arena.

Sharks games

The weekend midget elite series between the St. Albert Sharks and Lloydminster Steelers starts tonight in the Alberta Female Hockey League.

Faceoff is 8 p.m. at Jarome Iginla Arena.

Sunday’s puck drop is 1 p.m. in Bon Accord.

Three points separate the Sharks (11-3-1) and Steelers (9-5-2) as the top two teams in the north division.

Chargers games

The bantam elite St. Albert Chargers skate twice as the home team this weekend in the Alberta Female Hockey League.

Game times are 7:45 p.m. tonight against the Sherwood Park Royals (17-1-2) at Go Auto Arena and 3:30 p.m. Sunday against Calgary Fire White (15-2) at Kinex Arena.

The Charges (2-13-2) are winless in five games.


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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