Sports in brief
Tuesday, Apr 04, 2017 06:00 am
Hockey Alberta ATB Bantam AA Provincials
It was a tough loss for the Olds Minor Hockey Bantam AA Grizzlys, who were bested 5-1 by the Okotoks Oilers last Sunday (April 2) in the provincial championships on home ice at the Olds Sportsplex.
The Grizzlys were stellar in prelims, winning all four of their round robin games on Friday (March 31) and Saturday (April 1), and led the tournament standings to secure the gold medal playoff spot against the Oilers in the five-team tournament.
The teams were split 1-1 after the first period of Sunday’s final, but Okotoks grabbed a comfortable lead in the second (3-1), before sealing the Grizzlys’ fate with a power-play goal, then an empty-netter in the third.
Grizzlys forward Steven Bell was second in tournament points, with four goals and five assists, while forward Nathan McNeely was fifth with four goals and two assists.
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Grizzlys represent in frozen four
When college teams hit the ice at the NCAA Frozen Four Championship this weekend (April 6–8) in Chicago, a strong Canadian contingent will represent their college teams, including a former Olds Grizzlys player.
On the ice in his senior year for the University of Denver Pioneers will be assistant captain and forward Matt Marcinew, who played for Lloydminster Bobcats before transferring to the Grizzlys in the 2011-12 season, where he was the eighth leading scorer and earned a spot on the AJHL All-Rookie Team.
The Denver Pioneers will face off against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, while the Crimson of Harvard will play the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, before the puck drops between the winners.
A total of 32 CJHL alumni will play for the four teams in the tournament, including eight former AJHL skaters, according to a CJHL media release.