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Fort Macleod Mavericks off to Bantam C provincial championship

The Fort Macleod Mavericks, back row, from left: trainer Taylor Wolstenholme, Elias Smith, Jonah Halcrow, Parker Small Legs, Jayce Van Driesten, Tanner Weasel Head, Triston Wells, Abigal Cryderman, Sienna Smith, Talyn Bruised Head, Brayden Smith and assistant coach Shawn O'Sullivan. Front row, Kalem Krebs, Jordy Welsh, junior manager Braxton Wells, Brody Zmurchyk and Jason Stockton. Missing from photo is Colmyn Crop Eared Wolf, Calim Yellow Face, Cauy Yellow Face, Trez Day Chief, Walker Many Fingers, coach Randy O'Sullivan, manager Marci Stockton and assistant coach Tim Cryderman

The Fort Macleod Mavericks, back row, from left: trainer Taylor Wolstenholme, Elias Smith, Jonah Halcrow, Parker Small Legs, Jayce Van Driesten, Tanner Weasel Head, Triston Wells, Abigal Cryderman, Sienna Smith, Talyn Bruised Head, Brayden Smith and assistant coach Shawn O’Sullivan. Front row, Kalem Krebs, Jordy Welsh, junior manager Braxton Wells, Brody Zmurchyk and Jason Stockton. Missing from photo is Colmyn Crop Eared Wolf, Calim Yellow Face, Cauy Yellow Face, Trez Day Chief, Walker Many Fingers, coach Randy O’Sullivan, manager Marci Stockton and assistant coach Tim Cryderman

Jason Stockton scored a hat trick Sunday to power Fort Macleod Mavericks to a 4-3 win over the visiting Cochrane Rockies.
The win gives the Mavericks the lead in the best-of-three Central Alberta Tier 4 Bantam Hockey League series.
The second game of the series is 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at Cochrane.
The third game, if necessary, is at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 1 in Fort Macleod.
Cochrane opened the scoring 11 minutes into the game, but the Mavericks replied before the period ended with Stockton’s first goal.
Colmyn Crop Eared Wolf and Jayce Van Driesten assisted on the goal, which sent the teams into the dressing room tied 1-1.
Brayden Smith gave Fort Macleod the lead 11 minutes into the second period with an unassisted marker.
The Rockies had an answer for that one, though, and the teams finished the middle period tied 2-2.
Just over a minute into the third period Stockton got his second of the game, with Crop Eared Wolf and Triston Wells assisting.
Four minutes later Stockton completed his hat trick to put Fort Macleod up 4-2, with Wells drawing the lone assist.
The score remained that way until Cochrane got its third goal against Brody Zmurchyk, who made 36 saves in the victory.
Mavericks 7 Okotoks 0
The Mavericks are headed to the provincial Bantam hockey championships.
Brody Zmurchyk stopped everything the Okotoks Oilers sent his way Wednesday to backstop the Mavericks to a 7-0 win.
The victory at Stavely gave the Mavericks a 14-1 win in the two-game, total-goal series and earned them a trip to the Bantam C provincials March 12-15 at Viking.
The Mavericks won the first game of the series 7-1 Feb. 5 at home.
Jordy Welsh crawled out of his sickbed to open the scoring 3 1/2 minutes into the game, assisted by Jason Stockton.
Triston Wells scored Fort Macleod’s second goal with 47 seconds left in the period and the Mavericks led 2-0 going into the break.
Okotoks was playing for its playoff life and kept things tight through 40 minutes, allowing only Stockton’s goal with 1:50 remaining. Jayce Van Driesten assisted.
With Okotoks pressing for some offence the floodgates opened in the third period and the Mavericks popped four goals to clinch the 7-0 win.
Van Driesten, Wells, Stockton and Brayden Smith all had third-period goals for Fort Macleod.
Parker Small Legs and Wells picked up assists on the Mavericks goals.

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