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Mavericks host Midget D provincials

Mavericks host Midget D provincials

The organizing committee is putting the finishing touches on the Alberta Midget D provincial hockey tournament this weekend in Fort Macleod and Claresholm.
Six teams from across Alberta face off March 22-24 at Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre and Claresholm Arena.
“Things are going great,” tournament committee chair Jennifer Mackin said Monday. “We have lots of volunteers. We are just finalizing everything and will be ready for Friday morning.”
The tournament gets under way Friday, March 22 with three games on tap and continues Saturday, March 23 with another six round-robin games.
The playoffs are Sunday, March 24 with two semifinal games and the championship match.
Mackin and the committee are hopeful area residents will take in much of the tournament, particularly games featuring the host Mavericks.
“There is no charge to get into the tournament, so we hope everyone can come watch,” Mackin said.
The Mavericks start the tournament in Pool A with Redcliff Grizzlies and Pincher Creek Huskies.
Pool B is composed of Horse Lake Thunder, Edson Sabres and Rimbey Renegades.
The tournament gets under way at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 22 with Edson taking on Pincher Creek at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.
Just up Highway 2 at Claresholm Arena, Redcliff battles Rimbey at 11:45 a.m. Friday.
Opening ceremonies are set for 3-4 p.m. Friday at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.
The ceremonies are followed by the Mavericks taking on Horse Lake at 4:15 p.m. at Fort Macleod.
A banquet is at 6 p.m. Friday at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall. Guest speaker is powerlifter Leslie Gurr of Nanton, who trains several of the Mavericks.
Action resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 23 with Pincher Creek battling Rimbey at 9 a.m. in Fort Macleod.
The Mavericks are in Claresholm to take on Edson at 9:15 a.m. Saturday.
Redcliff and Horse Lake play at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Fort Macleod.
Rimbey takes on the Mavericks at 5 p.m. Saturday at Fort Macleod, while Horse Lake and Pincher Creek battle at 5:15 p.m. at Claresholm.
The final game of the day has Edson playing Redcliff at 7:30 p.m.
Tournament playoffs get under way Sunday, March 24 with the first- and second-place teams from Pool A facing off at 9 a.m. at Fort Macleod.
The first- and second-place teams from Pool B play in the other semifinal at 9:15 a.m. Sunday at Claresholm.
The winners of the semifinals meet Sunday at 3 p.m. at Fort Macleod in the championship game.
The Mavericks team is made up of players from several area communities, including Jack Austin, Mason Brussee, Greg Burrows, Brandon Creighton, Haze Gillingham, Jesse Lyke, Ethan Many Bears, and Brody Zmurchyk of Fort Macleod; Brenndon Mackin, Tristan Martin, Jaylen Martineau and Kyle Vogelaar of Claresholm; Nelz Vance of Pincher Creek; and Gavin Crow Shoe, Calim Yellow Face, Joseph Yellow Face and Wyatt Yellow Face of the Piikani Nation.
Head coach is Lindsey Rivet and assistants are Cam Burrows, Trevor Curran, Dirk Gillingham, Chaz Vance and Jason Austin. Jill Burrows is manager.

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