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Fort Macleod Mavericks set for Bantam C provincials

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Fort Macleod Mavericks, back row, from left: Taylor Wolstenholme, Timothy Cryderman, Trez Man Bruised Head, Sienna Smith, Tanner Weasel Head, Jonah Halcrow, Parker Small Legs, Jayce Van Driesten, Cauy Yellow Face, Talyn Bruised Head, Elias Smith, Shawn O’Sullivan, Brayden Smith, Calim Yellow Face, Randy O’Sullivan and Avery Van Driesten. Front row: Abigal Cryderman, Triston Wells, Colmyn Crop Eared Wolf, Brody Zmurchyk, Jason Stockton, Jordy Welsh, Kalem Krebs and Braxton Wells. Manager Marci Stockton is missing from the photo.

Randy O’Sullivan has some simple words of advice for his team heading into the Alberta Bantam C hockey championships.
O’Sullivan will tell the Fort Macleod Mavericks to take pride in their achievement.
“Just remember how lucky you are to be there,” O’Sullivan will tell the Mavericks. “You’re going to the provincials, and that’s something not many kids get to do in their career.”
The Mavericks head to Viking on March 12-15 for the Bantam C provincials after defeating Okotoks Oilers in the zone finals.
No one was predicting Fort Macleod’s Bantam team would reach provincials at the start of the season, when the Mavericks had just eight players on the roster and were 0-5 in the Central Alberta Hockey League’s tiering round.
“They wanted us to go to Tier 5 and we said no,” O’Sullivan said. “We wanted to play against tougher teams. We said we would be as good as the rest of them by the end of the year, You only play as good as your competition.”
The Mavericks came together over the course of the season to finish third in Tier 4 with a 12-8-1 record.
On Sunday they defeated Lethbridge 4-3 in overtime to win their semifinal playoff series and advance to the championship series.
“We’re proud of that group,” O’Sullivan said. “They’ve come a long way.”
Their competition at provincials includes host Viking Kings, Westlock Warriors, Ponoka Moose, High Prairie Thunder, Kneehill Chiefs and St. Paul Canadians.
The Mavericks play at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 13 and get the rest of the day off.
Fort Macleod plays its second game at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 14 and wraps up round-robin at 7 p.m. that evening.
The top two teams in each pool advance to the playoff round on Sunday, March 15.
O’Sullivan will tell his team to remember why they are going to Viking and not lose sight of the ultimate goal.
“You need to have everybody going,” O’Sullivan said of having success at the short provincial tournament. “Everybody has got to be playing their hearts out.”
The Mavericks are Talyn Bruised Head, Colmyn Crop Eared Wolf, Abigail Cryderman, Trez Man Day Chief, Jonah Halcrow, Kalem Krebs, Parker Small Legs, Elias Smith, Sienna Smith, Brayden Smith, Jason Stockton, Jayce Van Driesten, Tanner Weasel Head, Triston Wells, Jordy Welsh, Calim Yellow Face, Cauy Yellow Face and Brody Zmurchyk.
Randy O’Sullivan and Shawn O’Sullivan are head coaches of the Mavericks and Timothy Cryderman is assistant coach. Marci Stockton is manager and Taylor Wolstenholme is trainer.
O’Sullivan figures his team is about middle of the pack going into the provincial tournament and is optimistic the Mavericks can rise to the top — if the hockey gods smile on them.
“It doesn’t matter how good you are, you need some breaks,” O’Sullivan said.

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