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Black Hawks soar to Ranchland title

The Brooks Black Hawks are once again Ranchland Hockey League playoff champions.
The Black Hawks completed a four-game sweep of the Fort Macleod Mustangs on Sunday to defend their title.
After winning both games at Fort Macleod to open the best-of-seven series, the Black Hawks won 6-5 on Saturday and 8-2 on Sunday at home.
Black Hawks 6 Mustangs 5
Tyce Gallamore had his biggest offensive outing of the playoffs Saturday but it wasn’t enough as Brooks edged the Mustangs 6-5.
Gallamore had three goals and an assist for Fort Macleod, who led 5-4 in the second period when they gave up a pair of powerplay goals that proved the difference.
The Mustangs took a 2-0 lead 8 1/2 minutes into the first period but the Black Hawks battled back to tie it.
Still in the first period, Fort Macleod pulled ahead 3-2 but Brooks tied the game less than a minute later.
A powerplay goal by Gallamore put the Mustangs up 4-3 early in the second period, but Brooks tied the game 35 seconds later.
Fort Macleod continued to take the game to the Black Hawks and went up 5-4 just under eight minutes into the second period.
Then the Mustangs ran into penalty trouble, and Brooks capitalized.
With the Mustangs shorthanded, the Black Hawks tied the game with a powerplay marker at 15:30.
Just over a minute later Brooks pulled ahead for the first time in the game with the Mustangs killing another minor penalty.
Cody Jensen led the Black Hawks with a hat trick, Sheldon Wenzel had two goals and Richard Renard also scored.
In addition to Gallamore’s three goals the Mustangs also got a pair of goals from Hayden Shackel. Greg Schimanski had two assists and Kevin Olson had one.
Brooks took 45 minutes in penalties to 33 for Fort Macleod.
Black Hawks 8 Mustangs 2
Sheldon Wenzel and Terry Chaffer both enjoyed four-point nights to help the Black Hawks wrap up the title.
Wenzel and Chaffer each had two goals and two assists Sunday in an 8-2 win over the visiting Mustangs.
Brooks opened a 2-1 lead in the first period and stretched the gap to 5-2 in the second period.
Richard Renard, Geoff Tiffin, Cody Jensen and Chad Deunk also scored for the Black Hawks.
Greg Schimanski had a goal and an assist for Fort Macleod and Tyson Thompson had the other marker. Cole Matson picked up an assist.
Lincoln Carriere made 31 saves in the Fort Macleod net while Trevor Baker turned away 23 shots in the Brooks goal.
Brooks was assessed 47 minutes in penalties compared to 30 for Fort Macleod.

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