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On Tap: St. Albert midget AA rivalry game is this week's main event

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EYEFUL – Eric Hartman of the Richard S. Fowler Falcons got a little more than he expected while grabbing a rebound against David Luu of the Lorne Akins Gators in the St. Albert Physical Education Council junior high game last week at Fowler. Lorne Akins beat the two-time defending SAPEC Tier I city champions 80-60. Upcoming for the Falcons is the Fowler Classic, a six-team boys' and girls' tournament starting Thursday afternoon at the Fowler and Vincent J. Maloney schools. DAN RIEDLHUBER/St. Albert Gazette

Game of the week

St. Albert’s midget AA teams faceoff Friday in the Northern Alberta Hockey League.

Puck drop is 8:45 p.m. between the Source for Sports Crusaders and Steel at Mark Messier Arena.

Four points separate the division-leading Crusaders (19-1-1, 133 GF/53 GA) and Steel (17-5-1, 102 GF/68 GA) in the Besa standings.

The Crusaders are also ranked No. 1 in the 23-team league.

The defending Playoff Cup champions were winners of 12 in a row before the 6-4 loss to the Steel on Dec. 14.

Monday the Steel lost 6-0 to MLAC (18-3-2) in St. Albert.

Brady Harroun of the Crusaders ranks first in the NAHL in goals with 29 and is second in points with 46.

Brett Reiter is the Steel’s top scorer with 36 points while Joshua Cyr and Aidyn Hutchinson are the team's co-leaders in goals with 14 apiece.

Fowler Classic

The Fowler Classic junior high basketball tournament tips off Thursday at the Richard S. Fowler and Vincent J. Maloney schools.

The Fowler Falcons and VJM Marauders are St. Albert Physical Education Council reps in the six-team boys’ and girls’ divisions.

In pool A at Fowler, the Falcons and Louis St. Laurent play at 1:30 for the boys and 3 p.m. for the girls.

In pool B at VJM, game times between the Marauders and Vimy Ridge are 4:45 p.m. for the girls and 6:15 p.m. for the boys.

Saturday’s crossover playoff games at Fowler start at 9 a.m. and the finals are 3 p.m. for the girls and 4:30 p.m. for the boys.

Midget 15 Flyers

Tonight’s contest between the St. Albert Flyers and MLAC in the Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League goes at 8:15 p.m. at Go Auto Arena.

In the north division, the Flyers (9-13-6) are seventh and MLAC (5-18-3) is 11th out of 12 teams.

The Flyers are winless in three games after Sunday’s 3-0 road loss to the Lloydminster Bobcats (16-7-2).

REM 15AA Royals

Thursday the St. Albert Royals host the Sherwood Park Senators in the Rural & Edmonton Midget 15AA Hockey League.

Faceoff is 8:15 p.m. at Go Auto Arena.

The fifth-place Royals (11-9-6) are unbeaten in five games while going 3-0-2 in January and one of the wins was 7-4 against the Senators (11-12-3) in Sherwood Park.

Tyler Fitka is sixth in REM scoring with 35 points in 26 games and Tye Cameron is the team leader in goals with 21 in 25 games.

Lucas Cadger also leads all REM netminders in shutouts with three.

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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