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On Tap: St. Albert's Raiders and Sabres playoff info, plus Flyers and Sharks games

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SMASH-UP - Maddux Nollski of the St. Albert Nektar Raiders collides with Ethan Whillans of the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers in the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League. The playoff opener for the Raiders (27-1-4) is Thursday night at Jarome Iginla Arena, but the opponent and game time in the best-of-five north division semifinal weren't finalized at Tuesday's press deadline. The Raiders, last year's provincial finalists, are ranked first overall in the AMHL after finishing first in the north for the second consecutive season for a first-round bye. JOHN LUCAS/St. Albert Gazette

Raiders playoffs

Tuesday’s results in the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League playoffs will determine who the St. Albert Nektar Raiders will face-off against in the north division semifinals.

Scores between the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers (15-13-4) and Sherwood Park Kings (10-16-6) and the Lloydminster Bobcats (14-15-3) against the Canadian Athletic Club (11-15-6) in the fifth and deciding games in the north playoffs were unavailable at press time.

The series opener for the 2019 AMHL provincial finalists is Thursday at Jarome Iginla Arena and the start time, along with the rest of the series dates and locations, still had to be finalized.

The Raiders (27-1-4), ranked first in the AMHL playoffs, and the Grande Peace Storm (17-13-2) received first-round byes as the top two finishers in the north.

Sabres playoffs

The puck drops tonight for the St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres in game two of the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League playoff series against the KC Squires.

Faceoff is 7:45 p.m. at Bill Hunter Arena.

Tuesday’s score in St. Albert in game one of the best-of-three nitro north division semifinal was unavailable at press time.

Game three, if needed, is 8 p.m. Friday at Go Auto Arena.

The Sabres (26-6-3), ranked third overall in the AMBHL playoffs, beat KC (10-18-5) three times in four league games.

Flyers at home

The St. Albert Flyers have two games remaining before the North Cup playoff tournament in the Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League.

The midget 15 Flyers (11-15-9) host the Canadian Athletic Club (14-15-6) tonight at 7:45 p.m. and the Lloydminster Bobcats (21-11-3) at 5 p.m. Sunday at Jarome Iginla Arena to wrap up the regular season.

The North Cup runs March 5 to 8 in Sherwood Park and three teams qualify for the AMMHL provincials.

The Flyers were 0-5-3 in eight games before posting home-ice wins of 5-2 against the Sherwood Park Squires (21-11-4) last week and 5-0 against the Grande Peace Storm (4-26-7) Sunday.

Sharks action

The midget elite St. Albert Sharks play three games in three nights to close out the Alberta Female Hockey League regular season.

Game times are 8:15 p.m. Thursday against the Edmonton Pandas (10-10-4) at Callingwood Arena, 8 p.m. Friday against the North Central Impact (8-13-3) at Leduc and 7:45 p.m. Saturday against the Peace Country Storm (10-13-1) at Go Auto Arena.

The Sharks (16-6-1) are first in the north division by four points over the Lloydminster Steelers (14-8-2) with a game in hand.

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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