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Fort Macleod U15 Mavericks edged in semifinals of own tourney

Fort Macleod Mavericks fell just short in their quest to win their own weekend U15 hockey tournament.

The Mavericks were edged 5-4 by Shaunavon Badgers in the semifinals of the eight-team Southern Showdown.

The Mavericks were in Pool A for round-robin along with Southwest Cougars, Invermere Rockies and Maple Creek Hawks.

Pool B consisted of Standard Coyotes, Lethbridge Hurricanes, Shaunavon Badgers and Rocky Raiders.

Mavericks 5 Rockies 4

Haze Sharratt’s fourth goal of the game with less than a minute to play lifted the Mavericks to a 5-4 win over Invermere Rockies on Friday.

Fort Macleod took a 2-0 lead but Invermere fought back to tie the game in the first period.

The Mavericks opened a 3-2 lead in the second but Invermere responded with two goals to lead 4-3 going into the break.

Fort Macleod tied the game mid way through the third period, setting the stage for Sharratt’s late heroics.

Nate Mandel scored Fort Macleod’s other goal and Hunter Crosschild, Johnny Fletcher, Adrian Creighton and Riley Maljaars each had an assist.

The Mavericks limited Invermere to just 12 shots on goalie Nash Potts.

Mavericks 5 Hawks 2

Fort Macleod scored two goals a minute apart in the third period and added another late one to beat Maple Creek Hawks 5-2 Saturday afternoon.

The teams were tied 1-1 in the first period and Fort Macleod went ahead with the only goal in the second frame.

The Hawks tied the game 2-2 five minutes into the third period but the Mavericks regained the lead for good less than a minute later.

Riley Maljaars had two goals for Fort Macleod and Eli Brown, Adrian Creighton and Nate Mandel each had one.

Cooper Heather Sommerfeldt, Jayden Elcocks, Haze Sharratt and Wyatt Bartek each had an assist.

Nash Potts was busier in goal for Fort Macleod in this game, making 19 saves for the win.

Cougars 5 Mavericks 1

In their final game of round-robin the Mavericks fell 5-1 Saturday night to Southwest Cougars.

Fort Macleod opened the scoring just over two minutes into the game with a goal by Riley Maljaars, assisted by Wyatt Bartek.

After that it was all Cougars as they tied the game in the first period, went up 2-1 in the second and scored three unanswered goals in the third.

Nash Potts faced 21 shots in goal for Fort Macleod.

The undefeated Cougars placed first in Pool A followed by Fort Macleod (2-1), Maple Creek (1-2) and Invermere (0-3).

Shaunavon (3-0) topped Pool B, followed by Standard (1-2), Rocky (1-2) and Lethbridge (1-2).

Their second-place finish put the Mavericks into the semifinals, where they met Shaunavon Badgers.

Badgers 5 Mavericks 4

The semifinal game was a battle that saw a Fort Macleod comeback fall just short in a 5-4 loss to the Badgers.

The teams traded goals in the opening 20 minutes but Shaunavon took control with three unanswered goals in the second period.

Fort Macleod fought back into it in the third period, scoring three times to tie the game.

Shaunavon finally settled the matter with the winner in a shootout.

Lochlan Vandervalk had a goal and an assist for Fort Macleod and Nate Mandel, Haze Sharratt and Adrian Creighton also scored.

Hunter Crosschild, Cooper Sommerfeldt, Jasper Sharratt, Wyatt Bartek, and Riley Maljaars had one assist apiece.

Nash Potts made 30 saves in goal for Fort Macleod.

Shaunavon went on to blank Standard 5-0 in the championship game.

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