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Central 1 - Edmonton North 1 End 1st
The first period featured no penalties and more good play from Central goalie Carson Franks. Franks was very strong in Central's first game as well and is really opening some eyes. Aaron Kellogg from Edmonton North had a few very good rushes and has shown very well today and throughout the tournament. He was player of the game in Edmonton North's first game. Up front, Brayden Burke has been all over the place and Cole Gammer has played well. Biggest hit of the period was layed out by Team Central's Clay Lang. Shots on goal in the first were 9-4 for Edmonton North.
The second period was much more free flowing with more chances but goalies Kwiatkowski and Franks continue to play strong. A nice bounce back game from Kwiatkwoski today after a bit of a struggle yesterday afternoon. Central got off to a 1-0 lead before the midway mark of the 2nd period on an absolute rocket shot over the glove of Kwiatkowski and just under the bar. About 6 minutes Andrew Marshall was the recipient of some good work by Aaron Kellogg who has been great once again. Kellogg pinches in and fed Marshall between the circles for a 1-1 tie. Kwiatkowski would stop a Team Central breakaway late in the 3rd via Quinton Greenwood, who returned after an apparent injury in the first period. Edmonton North is in a must win situation in this one. D - Kole Bryks was strong as were Fonteyne and Differenz for Central.
Central goalie Carson Franks continues his absolute dominant Alberta Cup in goal for Team Central as he has been the difference in the opening 2-2 tie against Northeast in which he stopped 33/35 shots and again today stopped 41/42. Edmonton North didn't play bad today by any means as Aaron Kellogg was all over the ice as was Brayden Burke, Cole Gammer and Dylan Stewart but they couldn't solve Franks. The other star of the Central squad Matt Fonteyne would start the scoring by netting the game winner on an absolute deadly wrist shot that Kwiatkowski had no chance on. The play would be dominated the rest of the way by Edmonton North and they pulled their goalie with over 3 minutes to play but couldn't solve Franks. Andrew Perry from Red Deer scored the EN goal to end it.
Stars as awarded in the building
Edmonton North - Tyler Kwiatkowski
Central - Carson Franks
WEHP 3 Stars
1. Carson Franks
2. Matt Fonteyne
3. Aaron Kellogg
Northwest 2 - South 3 Final
This is the final game of the 2nd round of games for each team. Jared McAmmond was the lone goal scorer in the first period. McAmmond played this past season for Grand Prairie and scored 9 goals in 33 games. The goales are Jaedon McConnell for Northwest and Xavier Burghardt for the South. Burghardt played this season past for Medicine Hat and had a 3.69 GAA and a .892%. McConnell was an AP goalie for Leduc and played in the ERBHL AA league. South is in need of a win if they hope to advance to the playoff rounds.
Xavier Burghardt of Team South standing tall, having stopped 32 of 33 shots so far. This could possibly be the 5th tie in 8 games to start the Alberta Cup.
A crazy third period in which South in desperate need of a victory came out firing and scored 3 goals in a 3:16 span to gain the win. D - Tristan Thompson who played in Airdrie this year and who should go in the first half of the draft on Thursday started it off. Thompson had 8 goals this season and not only can he provide some offence from the backend but also is a very tenacious, gritty defender. Then Mason McCarty took over scoring a couple goals in less than two minutes, his 2nd the eventual game winner. McCarty was the rookie of the year in the AMBHL last season. This year, he had a good season despite missing a 1/3 of the season with injury. Curtis Peck scored to narrow the gap but too little, too late despite a frantic finish. Peck had 15 goals and 38 points this season for St. Albert. Xavier Burghardt stopped 41/43 for South in leading them to the win.
Stars of the game.
Team South - Xavier Burghardt
Northwest - Jared McAmmond
Edmonton South 2 - Calgary North 2 Final
Edmonton South score two goals in a 32 second span on goals by SSAC players Quinn Greenly and Giorgio Estephan early in the first period. In between the pipes are a pair of Nicholas' in Nicholas Patterson of Calgary North and Nicholas Schneider of Edmonton South. Schneider played this past season with Spruce Grove and posted a 3.88 GAA with a .897% while Patterson played with the Northstar Sabres and posted a 4.07 GAA and a .881%. Estephan hasn't let scouts down thus far in Lethbridge and is still expected to be a top 6 pick in next Thursday's bantam draft.
In a period where we saw Edmonton South given ample opportunity to extend its lead to 3-0, it was the Calgary North squad scoring twice and tieing it up 2-2. Edmonton South was given 3 PP's and have 4 in the game compared to Calgary North not yet having a PP. Scoring for Calgary North was Zac Whitby with his 2nd of the tournament and 4th point and Austin Wagner also scored his 2nd of the tournament to tie it up. Whitby played this past season with the Calgary Bronks and had a great year scoring 26 goals and 50 points. Wagner played the season with the Northstar Sabres and led them in goals with 17. Edmonton South could be out if they lose, depending on what happens in the next game.
A 2nd consecutive tie for Edmonton South while Calgary North remain undefeated at 1-0-1. Edmonton South thought they won the game late in the 3rd period but the puck was ruled in via a high stick. Of note, top 6 ranked for the bantam draft, Giorgio Estephan has 1-2-3 in 2 games thus far. Quinn Greenly leads all Edmonton South goal getters with 2. For Calgary North, Mark Rassell, Zac Whitby and Austin Wagner have all been very impressive so far.
Players of the game:
Edmonton South - Giorgio Estephan
Calgary North - Nicholas Patterson