Sabres rollingThe St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres streak into Monday’s game undefeated in five as winners of four in a row.
Faceoff is 6:45 p.m. against the PAC Saints (5-17-4) at Akinsdale Arena.
The Sabres (9-12-4) resumed play in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League after going 1-4 (16 GF/25 GA) at the 41st annual John Reid Memorial Tournament in Wednesday’s 4-3 decision against the Maple leafs (3-22-1) in St. Albert.
The fourth power-play goal by the Sabres was scored by captain Levi Fesyk to break a 3-3 tie with 9:44 to play.
Fesyk, the recipient of the tournament’s John Reid Memorial Award for heart and hustle, also assisted on a pair of goals by Andon Coles in the second period and the 3-2 marker by Liam Cochrane 2:34 into the third.
Elijah Pool drew two assists and Coles added one helper.
The Sabres racked up 54 shots, including 24 in the third, and the Maple Leafs capitalized twice on the power play while directing 19 shots at netminder Luke Roberts (5-3-2, 3.03 GAA).
The outcome lifted the Sabres to within two points of the SSAC Southgate Lions (10-13-4) in the nitro north division with two games in hand.
Bantam AA gamesThe St. Albert Comets have home-ice advantage this weekend in the Edmonton Rural Bantam AA Hockey League.
The Comets host the Beaumont Braves (13-6-2) tonight at 7:45 p.m. at Go Auto Arena and the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers (5-12-5) Sunday at 1:15 p.m. at Akinsdale Arena.
In the blue division of the metro conference, the Comets (5-14-6) are seventh while the St. Albert Elite Pro Marketing Blues (13-9-2) and St. Albert Bears (12-7-4) were tied for second prior to the weekend.
The Bears played SSAC Alberta Sportswear (19-4-1), the top red division team, Friday in St. Albert but the score was unavailable at press time.
Sunday the Bears visit the Sherwood Park Sabres (11-7-4), fourth in the blue standings, at 2:45 p.m.
The Blues also skate Sunday against CAC Think Green Alberta (13-9-1) at 6:15 p.m. at Callingwood Recreation Centre.
The leading scorers for the three St. Albert teams are Liam Fitzgerald (15-16-31 in 25 games) of the Comets, Adam Browton (11-12-23 in 23 games) of the Bears and Evan Sundar (10-9-19 in 30 games) of the Blues.
Stars shineThe peewee AA St. Albert Stars shone bright during the 56th annual Quickcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week.
After losing the tournament opener 3-1 to the St. Albert Sabres, the Stars rattled off four in a row by scores of 2-0 against SEERA Stealth, 3-1 against the St. Albert Saints, 4-2 against Sturni-Hueston and 4-2 in the final against the KC Lancers.
The team’s 28-13 overall record includes a 15-8 mark in the Hockey Edmonton league.
The Stars also won the Road to the Rockies tournament in Banff early in the season and the final was 4-1 against Bow River.
The Stars are attending the Coca Cola Classic Peewee Invitational Tournament, Feb. 7 to 10 in Vernon, B.C., with games on tap against Los Angeles, Vancouver and Vernon.
Lightning boltsThe St. Albert Lightning struck gold in the atom 1 division during Quickcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week.
The final against NW341 Westmud West was decided in overtime. The Lightning had to kill a penalty for one minute in the extra period and with time winding down it was one on one with a faceoff in the offensive zone. The coaches decided to pull the netminder for a two on one and with Gavin Faul and Ty Meunier on the ice, Meunier potted the 5-4 winner.
The Lightning shook off the 4-1 loss to the St. Albert Crusaders in the team’s first game in the 21-team tournament with wins of 8-2 against Spruce Grove, 3-2 against the Beaumont Braves, 7-2 against the Confederation Thunder and 3-1 against NW 340 Whitemud West to reach the final.
The Lightning’s record in the Hockey Edmonton league is 14-0.