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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Alberta Cup Underway


Edmonton North 3 - Calgary South 7 Final
Period by period updates here or check on the right to the twitter log for live updates.
First Period
Edmonton North dominated the play early in the period as Gammer, Burke, Dykstra created many chances but it wasn't until near the midway point of the period until Edmonton was able to score.  Anthony Sirianni took a rebound shot from Josh Harris and put it 5-hole past Zach Sawchenko.  Then the turning point seemed to come when Calgary South defender Savi Scalise layed a huge hit on Dykstra in the Calgary zone and Dykstra had to be tended to as a result.  Just a short time later, Top 6 rated prospect Nick Merkley would take the puck down the right wing and put one past Kwiatkowski to tie it at 1-1.  Then just a few minutes later, Savi Scalise stepped up between the circles and put one past Kwiatkowski on one he'd like to have back.  Edmonton North got a strong period from Kole Bryks who had a few good rushes and played a strong physical game.  Merkley, Forrest and Scalise very strong for Calgary South.

Second Period
Edmonton has come out strong early again in the 2nd period and Sawchenko has been outstanding. However the early pressure eventually paid off as Brayden Burke would take a pass from Stewart skate in to the zone and thread a beauty pass to Andrew Marshall for an early tap-in.  As was in the case in the first period, Calgary took a while to get their legs and eventually did which resulted in a PP to which Max Lajoie would flutter a dump in shot on Kwiatkowski that eluded the goalie to give South the lead once again.  Then Braylon Shmyr would use tremendous speed to come in all alone on a breakaway and make no mistake to make it 4-2 after 2.  For Edmonton North, Burke continues to use his speed and be very effective.  It should be noted that Aaron Kellogg has been playing forward in this game.  Kellogg was a defenseman for Fort Saskatchewan this season.

Third Period
Calgary comes out strong early in the 3rd, scoring under a minute in as Giacomin scores on a nice feed from Ferguson.  If anybody knows if this is a relation to the great Eddy Giacomin, please let me know!?  The mid portion of the 3rd period would see some pretty cluttered play with not much going on.  Then late in the 3rd period a flurry of late goals started first from Rebalato who took his own rebound and fired one past Kwiatkowski to make it 6-2.  Just seconds later it was 6-3 as Cole Gammer from Edm North drove the net hard and put one past Sawchenko.  Edmonton North then pull their goalie and just shortly after Shmyr takes a breakaway and scores in to an EN for his 2nd of the game to make the final 7-3.

The players of the game as awarded in the building were Aaron Kellogg from Edmonton North and Nick Merkley from Calgary South.

WEHP 3 Stars
1.  Nick Merkley - Calgary South
2.  Kole Bryks - Edmonton North
3.  Savi Scalise - Calgary South

Also should be noted that Brayden Burke was very good for Edmonton North in this game.  Parker Ward also showed some tremendous speed but lacks a bit of finish.  The Edmonton North defenseman were activated throughout the game and it looked like high risk, high reward style of game.

Edmonton North 46 - Calgary South 36 (I question the number of shots though)
Kellogg and Merkley selected players of the game.

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