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Mac’s Midget Tournament Playoff Begins

By Neil Hilts on January 01, 2017

 

Belarus, Cariboo and Foothills perfect on men’s side, Saskatoon undefeated for women’s

The intensity ramps up for several teams in the 39th annual Mac’s Midget Tournament as playoffs begin on New Year’s Eve.

On the men’s side, the top eight teams move onto the elimination round and all had at least three wins in four games. The top four teams in the women’s division will fight for a spot in the final.

The lone international team to make the next round, the Belarus U17 National Team, went 4-0 and will face the 3-1 Red Deer Optimist Chiefs. Vladislav Mikhalchuk is averaging a goal per game for the Belarusians and the biggest offensive threat on the team.

Also, the 4-0 Cariboo Cougars and Foothills CFR Chemical Bisons are looking to stay perfect through the quarters. The Cougars play the 3-0-1 Prince Albert Mintos, while the Bisons draw the local 3-1-0 Calgary Royals. The Cougars will need to watch for Logan Barlage of the Mintos, who is tied for second in tournament scoring.

The remaining quarterfinal matchup features two teams who have suffered a loss, but the Saskatoon Contacts and Notre Dame Hounds, both 3-1-0. The contacts have two of the tournament’s top four scorers in Connor Zary (11 points) and Chance Adrian (nine points).

On the women’s side, two Alberta teams clash in one semifinal as the Rocky Mountain Raiders and Calgary Fire will do battle. On the other side, the 4-0 Saskatoon Stars will face the Vancouver Island Seals.

Rocky Mountain went 3-1 with just three goals against in four games. They’ll play the 3-1 Fire, who happen to be the third highest scoring team. Either way, the finalist should have a lot of local support in the New Year’s Day final. Nicole Fry is tied for the lead in both goals (five) and points (six) and will be counted on by the Raiders. The Fire also boast a top scorer, as Mackenzie Lausberg had six points through round robin.

Saskatoon had two commanding wins of at least five goals or more, but the last two were closely contested. They have five scorers averaging a point per game or more. Vancouver Island just snuck in the playoffs by one point after going 2-1-1 while allowing more goals than they scored.

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By Neil Hilts| January 01, 2017
Categories:  Minor Hockey

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