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Hockey Digest: St. Albert Slash, midget 15 Flyers, midget AA Steel and Crusaders info

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DIRECT ENCOUNTER – Kayden Jethon of the St. Albert Royals goes one-on-one against netminder Tyler Kohut of the Hockey Central Panthers of Sylvan Lake in the Rural & Edmonton Midget 15AA Hockey League. Tonight the Royals (8-9-6) are in Sherwood Park to play the Senators (10-11-3) at 8:30 p.m. The Royals are coming off ties of 3-3 against the Senators and 4-4 against the Strathcona Warriors (8-13-3) in the new year after the 4-3 loss to the Panthers (17-3-2) Dec. 22 in St. Albert. CHRIS COLBOURNE/St. Albert Gazette

Shutout for Slash

The eighth shutout this season for the St. Albert Slash was also the 17th win in 19 games for the midget AAA team in the Alberta Female Hockey League.

Holly Borrett faced 15 shots while posting her fourth shutout in Wednesday’s 3-0 decision against the Edmonton Pandas (10-6-2) at Bill Hunter Arena.

Cassidy Rhodes, Kelsey Hall (power play) and captain Ally Reich (empty net) scored as the Slash finished with 31 shots.

The Slash are averaging less than one goal-against per game with Borrett (7-1, 0.80 GAA) and Mabel Maltais (10-0, 0.99 GAA, four shutouts) as the last line of defence.

Jenna Goodwin leads the AFHL in goals with 11 and is tied for second in scoring with 17 points.

Friday the Slash (17-1-1) played the Lloydminster Steelers (8-8-2) in the Border City and the score was unavailable at press time.

The next game for the Esso Cup national champions the last three years is Jan. 25 against the Red Deer Chiefs (2-15-1) at 2:15 p.m. at Go Auto Arena.

Flyers stop KC

Teagan Kendrick backstopped the St. Albert Flyers to victory Thursday with 52 saves against the KC Centennials in the Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey league.

The 3-2 result at Go Auto Arena was the second win in seven games for the midget 15 Flyers (9-10-6), ranked sixth in the north division. KC (8-11-4) is seventh in the 12-team standings.

In the third period, Kendrick (5-4-2, 3.08 GAA) stopped 25 of 26 shots while Zakk Makeiff, Liam Cochrane (shorthanded) and Mason Comeau found the back of the net.

Cochrane’s goal was his 18th and 30th point and the winner by Comeau was scored with 70 seconds remaining.

Wednesday the Flyers host the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers (13-5-5) at 8:15 p.m. at Go Auto Arena.

Midget AA results

The St. Albert Steel suffered their first loss after eight wins in the Northern Alberta Midget AA Hockey League.

Thursday's 4-3 setback to the Oilers (11-7-2) in Sherwood Park left the Steel (15-3-1) six points back of the first-place St. Albert Source for Sports Crusaders (18-1-1) in the Besa division.

Game info against the Oilers was unavailable at press time.

Sunday the Steel are in Beaumont to play the Braves (13-5-1) at 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Crusaders are competing at the Fred McBeth Tournament in Regina this weekend and the team’s last league game was 7-2 against the Leduc Roughnecks (3-18) Jan. 3 in St. Albert.

Brady Harroun tallied twice and Ethan Pool, Carter MacDonald, Lucas Sadownyk, Owen Bourque and Kaelan Shelton notched singles. Brandon Gallo also picked up four assists.

Shots were 44-20 for the Crusaders and Cole Crozier (9-0, 2.92 GAA) was in net for the defending Playoff Cup champions.

Upcoming for the Crusaders is the Jan. 18 game against the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers (5-13-2) at 5:15 p.m. at JRC Arena.

In the NAMHL scoring race, Harroun is first in goals with 26 and second in points with 43.

Brett Reiter leads the Steel in points with 32 and Joshua Cyr is the team’s top scorer with 13 goals.


Jeff Hansen

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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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