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South Black Victorious at 2017 Alberta Challenge

By Neil Hilts on May 10, 2017

It was a Southern matchup as Black faced White in the finals of the Alberta Challenge, the year-end showcase for the province’s top Bantam skaters. Black prevailed 1-0 in the final to cap an impressive 4-0-1 weekend. (Andy Devlin/Hockey Alberta)

Undefeated throughout the tournament capped by a 1-0 victory in the finals, South Black were the champions at the 2017 Alberta Challenge.

It was an all-South duel which pitted South Black (3-0-1) and South White (2-1-1)  against each.

Jadynn Morden’s second period power play goal was the only one in the game that featured a low number of shots. Jocelynn Pearce of South Black made 11 and her teammate Alexandra Kieren stopped nine for 20 combined, while South White’s Jessica Flegel allowed just one goal on 15 shots.

The two teams met on the first afternoon of the tournament and played to a 1-1 tie, proving how closely matched they are. Hayleigh Craig’s goal with seven minutes left in the game tied it for South Black and Kieren made 24 saves in the win. Flegel was equally impressive for Black, stopping 22 shots. Paige Dodd scored the lone goal for White.

With a tournament-best 15 goals for and just three against, South Black impressed winning 5-1, 5-0 and 4-0 in three of their round robin games. South White managed a spot in the finals over North Yellow thanks a dominating 7-2 win on the last game of group stage.

Craig of South Black led all player in scoring with three goals and seven points. Sarah Wozniewicz (South White), Kelsey Hall (North Yellow) and Aliya Jomha (North Yellow) each had five points to finished tied for second.

It’s no surprise South Black had the top goalie stats, especially after allowing just three goals in five games. Pearce had a 0.41 GAA and stopped 61 of 62 shots, while Kieren had a 0.79 GAA and blocked 60 of 62.

Every second year, when the Alberta Games are not going on, the Alberta Challenge brings six teams (three south, three north) comprised of top Alberta Bantam players.

Regional camps were held at the beginning of the month in Fort Saskatchewan and Olds, which gave players the chance to showcase their talent in hopes of landing on one of six teams.

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By Neil Hilts| May 10, 2017
Categories:  Minor Hockey
Keywords:  AB Minor Hockey

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