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Fort Macleod Mavericks win Pee Wee hockey playoff championship

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The Central Alberta Tier 6 Pee Wee Hockey League champion Fort Macleod Mavericks.

DON CRAIG – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
For the second year in a row Fort Macleod’s Pee Wee Mavericks have won a Central Alberta Hockey League championship.
The Mavericks added a Tier 6 banner to go with the Tier 4 banner the Pee Wees won last year with a thrilling overtime win Sunday to sweep the Canmore Eagles in two games and retain bragging rights heading into golf season.
The outcome of the series was questionable right from the start as the Mavericks and Eagles have had some close games over the past season but also a couple of blow-outs.
The final series touched on both as the Mavs doubled up on the Eagles 12-6 in the home opener Saturday and then won 8-7 in a nail-biter Sunday at Banff.
With the Mavericks squeaking into first place in the last game of the regular season, they got the bye through the first round.
After defeating a tough, classy Brooks team two straight, the Mavericks faced Canmore.
After a fairly close period and a half in Game 1, the Mavericks slowly overwhelmed the Eagles with their mobile defence and cagey, well-rounded forward lines.
With a full contingent of fans for both teams in attendance, it made for a very entertaining game, regardless of the 12-6 outcome.
Sunday’s game was a little different.
First of all, because of all the playoff activity in Canmore, it was difficult to book ice time, so the teams settled on an early Sunday game in Banff.
Unfortunately, the time change was overlooked and with the three-hour drive for the Mavs, the 10:30 a.m. game made for an early and long trip, harkening back to the days of pre-Novice hockey when it was not an uncommon occurrence.
But after a bleary-eyed group of travellers showed up in Banff, it was all business as both teams showed grit and stamina.
After a couple of lead changes, including a two-goal deficit against the Mavericks late in the game, things were tied after 60 minutes of terrific hockey.
With the Mavs hemming the Eagles in for most of the third period, it was only natural they pick up where they left off in the extra frame.
The Mavericks swarmed the Canmore zone and only 22 seconds in Brandon Creighton ended the series with a beautiful shot on an errant rebound and dashed the Eagles hopes of a third and deciding game.
But facing 58 Maverick shots, compared to a mere 28 for Canmore, the goalie for the Eagles soared, and really kept his team close throughout the series.
And as the Mavericks hoisted the banner for the second straight year, they showed sportsmanship and had the dejected Canmore team join them in team photos and another round of high-fives and handshakes.
This, coupled with a very vocal and gracious group of parents and fans of the Eagles, enhanced the fact the spirit of fair play and comradery is alive and well with these two great teams of champion-quality young men and women.
Goal scorers for the Mavericks over the weekend were Jesse Lyke leading the way with five red lights, followed by captain Ryland Semaniuk with four markers, and three apiece for Joaquin Four Horns and Brandon Creighton, including the OT winner.
Haze Gillingham scored two and Jack Austin, Amy-Lou Craig and big Gavin Crow Shoe each had one.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Kathy Says:

    Congrats! Great coverage!