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Hockey Digest: Updates on the Slash, Raiders, Merchants, Sabres and Flyers

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SHOOTING TO SCORE – Chase Visser goes five-hole against Garrett Fuller of the Airdrie Bisons for a first period power-play goal in Sunday's midget AAA game at Jarome Iginla Arena. The St. Albert Nektar Raiders are 3-0-1 after the 4-3 victory. The day before at Bill Hunter Arena, the Raiders settled for a 3-3 tie with the Canadian Athletic Club. DAN RIEDLHUBER/St. Albert Gazette

Slash undefeated

The St. Albert Slash returned home from last weekend’s road trip with two wins while going 5-0 in the Alberta Female Hockey League.

Scores were 4-0 against the Rocky Mountain Raiders (0-1-3) in Dewinton and 4-3 against the Calgary Fire (3-1) for the three-time defending Esso Cup midget AAA national champions.

Mabel Maltais (2-0, 0.96 GAA) faced 16 shots against the Raiders for the team’s second shutout in as many games.

Natalie Kieser, Kamea Brezovski, Bronwyn Boucher and Kyra McDonald scored on 29 shots and Kieser also added two assists.

McDonald, Cassidy Rhodes, Jaden Bogden (shorthanded) and Allison Reich made it 4-0 before Calgary scored with the man advantage at 13:09 of the second period.

The Slash finished with 32 shots and Holly Borrett (3-0, 1.33 GAA) stopped 13 pucks.

This weekend, the Slash are in Minnesota for the NIT tournament and the next league game is Oct. 26 against the Red Deer Chiefs (0-3) at 7:45 p.m. at Go Auto Arena.

Raiders in first

The St. Albert Nektar Raiders are the top north division team after week two in the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League.

The third win in four games was Sunday’s 4-3 decision against the Airdrie Bisons (0-4-1) at Jarome Iginla Arena.

Koehn Zimmer’s second goal of the game, an unassisted effort in the third period, the fourth in two days and fifth of the season was the winner after the middle frame ended tied at two.

Chase Visser (power play) and Ronin Pusch also scored and Matthew Reidy added two assists.

Shots were 36-31 for the Bisons as Andreai Proctor-Ramirez (1.33 GAA, one shutout) recorded his third win in as many starts.

The Raiders were coming off Saturday’s 3-3 draw as the Canadian Athletic Club (1-1-2) potted two unanswered goals in the third and the tying marker was scored shorthanded with 5:52 to play at Bill Hunter Arena.

Reidy tallied once and Zimmer’s second goal came on the power play as the Raiders finished with 34 shots.

Carson Ironside stopped 30 shots in his first league game.

Saturday the Raiders and Bisons meet again at 7:15 p.m. in Airdrie.

Sunday the Raiders play the Calgary Northstars (2-0-2) at 2:30 p.m. at Max Bell Arena.

Merchants result

The St. Albert Merchants can make it a season-high three wins in a row Friday in the Capital Junior B Hockey League.

Faceoff is 8:30 p.m. against the Stony Plain Flyers (6-3) at Glenn Hall Centennial Arena.

The second victory after three losses for the Merchants was Sunday’s 4-2 road decision against the Wetaskiwin Icemen (4-4).

Ryan Cooper’s three-point night included two goals and his seventh of the season was produced on the power play to make it 2-1 early in the second period.

Cooper is tied for second in CJHL scoring with 18 points.

Aidan West (power play), Peter Corrigan (empty net) also scored and Ryan Deets picked up two assists.

Both teams registered 40 shots and Mitchell Reidy (2-1, 3.30 GAA) was in net for the Merchants.

The next home game is Sunday versus the Beaumont Chiefs (5-2-1) at 8 p.m. at Jarome Iginla Arena.

Sabres win big

Four unanswered goals on 13 shots in the first period by the St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres were more than enough to defeat the Leduc Oil Kings on Sunday.

The Sabres finished the 9-2 rout with 43 shots while limiting Leduc (4-3) to 24 on netminder Luke Roberts (3-1, 2.90 GAA) at Jarome Iginla Arena.

The Sabres (5-2) remain in top spot in the nitro north division after the bounce-back game following Thursday’s 7-4 loss to the Canadian Athletic Club (2-1-4).

Carmelo Crandell continues to lead the Sabres in scoring with seven goals and 14 points, followed by Tyden Redlick’s five goals and 10 points and Ashton Hutchinson’s eight assists and 10 points.

This weekend the Sabres are in Calgary to play the top two teams in the challenger south division: Bisons (5-2) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Flames (5-0) at 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

Flyers flying

The undefeated St. Albert Flyers skate Thursday in the Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League.

Game time is 8 p.m. against the SSAC Bulldogs (3-0-1) at Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre.

The midget 15 Flyers (3-0-2) are winners of three straight after Saturday’s 3-2 result against the Lloydminster Bobcats (4-2) in the Border City.

Mason Comeau scored the go-ahead goal in the third period after Liam Cochrane and Eric Ceh (power play) lit the lamp in the first.

Shots were 32-24 for the Bobcats as Teagan Kendrick (2-0-1, 2.00 GAA) backstopped the Flyers to victory.

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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