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Fort Macleod Canadiens win the Outdoor Classic

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Outdoor Winter Classic tournament champion Fort Macleod Canadiens. Back row: Coach Tyce Gallamore, Wilfred North Peigan, J.R. North Peigan and Kirby Warrior. Middle row: Donovan Flobert, Wesley Hostetler, Eric Maskowitz, Sheh Gallamore, Riley Vanee, Jordan North Peigan, Colten Holtz, David Ballas, Matthew Warren, Dale Holtz and Kyle Grier. Front row: Ryan Cook, Chanse Ballas, Nick Maskowitz and Connor Grier.

Fort Macleod Mavericks, playing like the Montreal Canadiens of years gone by, won the Tommy Guns Midget A Outdoor Winter Classic on Sunday at Red Deer.
Wearing the blue, blanc et rouge and skating as the Canadiens, the Mavericks won three games and tied one on outdoor ice to claim the championship of the eight-team tournament.
“It was the most amazing experience the boys and their parents have ever experienced in their world of hockey,” Mavericks manager Jacqui Cook said.
Each of the teams was named after a National Hockey League team — some of them no longer in existence, with each player given a jersey and socks that they got to keep.
Suiting up as the Canadiens, the Mavericks were put in the Wales Conference with Red Deer Pirates, Airdrie Bruins and Calgary Cougars.
The Campbell Conference was made up of Red Deer Blackhawks, Red Deer Americans, Kneehill Maple Leafs and Edson Senators.
The teams played round robin in their own conference, with the top teams advancing to the championship.
Canadiens 6 Cougars 4
The Canadiens scored four third-period goals Friday to cage Calgary Cougars 6-4 in their opening game of the tournament, played under the lights.
Calgary led 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 after 40 minutes. Fort Macleod tied the game with 11 minutes to play, but Calgary scored a minute later to regain the lead.
With 3:15 left to play Nick Maskowitz scored to tie the game and 36 seconds later Sheh Gallamore gave Fort Macleod its first lead. Gallamore added another with 16 seconds left to make the final 6-4.
The Canadiens suffered a serious blow when Al Park, one of their most dedicated fans, took a puck to the face just 10 minutes into the game.
Park missed the next two games while he was in hospital but returned to cheer the team in its last two games.
Canadiens 6 Pirates 0
Donovan Flobert proved unbeatable Saturday as the Canadiens blanked the Red Deer Pirates 6-0.
Brady Matson had two goals and an assist for Fort Macleod. Gallamore had two goals and Wilfred North Peigan and Kirby Warrior had singles, with Ryan Cook earning an assist.
Canadiens 6 Bruins 6
Airdrie Bruins scored with 42 seconds left Saturday to gain a 6-6 tie with the Canadiens.
Fort Macleod took a 5-2 led into the third period but Airdrie scored three times in less than four minutes to pull even.
Chanse Ballas put Fort Macleod in front with 2:15 to play, but the Bruins got the equalizer with 42 seconds left.
Wilfred North Peigan, Warrior, Marvin North Peigan, Wesley Hostetler and Cook also scored for Fort Macleod.
Matson had two assists and Wilfred North Peigan, Colten Holtz, Gallamore and Connor Grier each had one.
Canadiens 4 Americans 1
The Canadiens advanced to the A final with a record of two wins and a tie to face the Red Deer Americans.
Goals by Matson and Cook staked the Canadiens to a 2-0 first period lead.
The teams were scoreless until Gallamore scored mid way through the third, and four minutes later Marvin North Peigan made it 4-0.
Red Deer broke the goose egg with its only goal with 2:47 remaining, and the Canadiens were champions.
Riley Vanee and Nick Maskowitz each had two assists and Eric Maskowitz had one.
Flobert handled the goaltending duties.
Skills competition
Fort Macleod also won the skills competition.
Ryan Cook and Sheh Gallamore teamed up to win the skating relay, beating seven other teams.
Chanse Ballas placed third and Brady Matson placed ninth out of 18 participants in the hardest shot competition.
Cook, Gallamore, Ballas, Matson, Nick Maskowitz, Kirby Warrior and J.R. North Peigan took part in the shootout, in which all of them scored.
“The skills competition was a true reflection of the fun that was being had, as each player tried a fancy move, all in fun, to score,” Jacqui Cook said. “It was a blast.”
Provincials
The Mavericks had a short run in the zone playdowns for Midget C provincials.
Vulcan Hawks whipped the Mavericks 12-2 Jan. 21 and the 10-goal mercy rule meant the second game of the two-game, total-goal series didn’t have to be played.
Vulcan, the top team in Tier 1, was up 6-0 in the second period before the Mavericks got on the scoresheet.
Fort Macleod made it 7-2 with its second powerplay goal just 39 seconds into the third period, but then Vulcan scored five straight to wrap up the game, and series.
Sheh Gallamore had both Fort Macleod goals, with Brady Matson picking up one assist.

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