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Midget Mavericks win playoff championship

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Fort Macleod Mavericks celebrate Saturday after winning the Central Alberta Tier 4 Midget Hockey League championship.

Riley Vanee’s goal with 50 seconds to play Saturday proved the difference as Fort Macleod Mavericks edged Beiseker Blazers 6-5 to win the Central Alberta Tier 4 Midget Hockey League championship.
The Mavericks, who won the first game of the best-of-three series 7-5 on home ice, were leading 5-4 when Vanee got his goal.
The Blazers scored with 28 seconds left but could not get the tying goal as the Mavericks and goalie Donovan Flobert held Beiseker at bay.
The Mavericks, who placed first in regular season standings, went undefeated in the playoffs as they disposed of Nanton, Bassano and Beiseker.
The Mavericks are Donovan Flobert, Jonathan Silva, Chanse Ballas, Riley Vanee, Eric Maskowitz, Jordan North Peigan, Ryan Cook, Brady Matson, Nick Maskowitz, Wilfred North Peigan, Connor Grier, Tyrus White Cow, Marvin North Peigan, Colten Holtz, Sheh Gallamore, Matthew Warren, Kirby Warrior and Wesley Hostetler.
Head coach is Tyce Gallamore and assistants are Dale Holtz and Kyle Grier. Jacqui Cook is manager.
The Mavericks drew first blood on Saturday when Nick Maskowitz set up Brady Matson two minutes into the game.
Beiseker answered just over two minutes later with a powerplay goal by Carson Kielboer.
The Blazers took the lead with 6:15 left in the period on a goal by Jeff Allan, and surged ahead 3-1 when Landon Brown scored with 1:29 to go.
The Mavericks regrouped in the dressing room between periods and had the game tied before the second period was a minute old.
First it was Jordan North Peigan setting up Sheh Gallamore for a goal 16 seconds into the period, and 36 seconds later Kirby Warrior got the equalizer.
Fighting for their playoff lives, the Blazers took the lead again five minutes into the second period on Brown’s second goal of the game.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Gallamore scored an unassisted goal just over a minute later to make it 4-4.
The Mavericks took the lead for good with about six minutes left in the second period on an unassisted goal by Wilfred North Peigan.
Beiseker could not tie the game in the third despite the Mavericks spending 14 minutes in the penalty box as the referee assessed Fort Macleod seven minors to three for Beiseker.
The Mavericks faced an uphill battle in Beiseker, as they were assessed 32 minutes in minor penalties compared to just 10 for the Blazers.
Vanee’s unassisted goal with 50 seconds left made it 6-4 for the Mavericks.
The Blazers didn’t quit, and Scott Verbeek scored with 28 seconds left to pull Beiseker within a goal, but that’s as close as they could come.

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