The puck dropped Friday in the north conference final between the St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres and Lloydminster Bobcats in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League.
The score from the best-of-five series opener in St. Albert was unavailable at press time.
Game two is 4 p.m. Sunday in Lloydminster and game three is 6:45 p.m. Monday at Jarome Iginla Arena.
If needed, game four is 7 p.m. Wednesday in Lloydminster and game five is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mark Messier Arena.
The winner plays the Red Deer Rebels or Calgary Flames in the best-of-five AMBHL provincial final.
In league play, the Sabres (24-6-3, 144 GF/86 GA) and Bobcats (18-8-7, 118 GF/84 GA) placed first in their respective divisions.
The Sabres also finished third overall in the AMBHL behind the No. 1 Rebels (28-2-3, 150 GF/47 GA) and the No. 2 Flames (27-6, 169 GF/48 GA).
The nitro north Sabres and charger north Bobcats are 4-0 in the playoffs after sweeping their two divisional series.
In league play, the Sabres beat the Bobcats 6-3 Nov. 23 in the Border City and 2-1 Dec. 14 in St. Albert as well as the John Reid Memorial Tournament 4-3 in the B semifinal Jan. 18.
The Dieter Knobloch Memorial Adult Tournament kicked off Friday night at Servus Credit Union Place.
The indoor soccer competition features 20 co-ed and women’s teams from Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Today’s matches run from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The tournament honours one of the initial founders and life member of the St. Albert Soccer Association.
Knobloch served in many capacities, from president to facilities manager, and the longtime head coach of the St. Albert Rangers was also an active referee.
Knobloch died June 30, 2010 after a length battle with cancer.
The St. Albert Gymnastics Club hosts its annual Spring Flip Invitational next weekend with 15 clubs participating.
The three-day competition features eight sessions and the age range is five to 17 for the 340 athletes in the J.O. 1 to 10 levels and Aspire.
The St. Albert club will be represented by 49 athletes.