Alaskan Ice Dogs 10 - Foothills Elite 7 FINAL
The Alaska Ice Dogs who averaged nearly 10 goals per game in the tournament get 5 goals from Parker Aucoin in winning the championship today. Sean Montgomery who played last season with the Calgary Royals and scored 17 goals had 1 goal and 4 assists. Sean Richards had 4 points as well. Brayden Dunn scored 2 goals, giving him 11 in the tournament and Michael Clarke continued his strong play with a 3 point game. The Alaskan Ice Dogs fired 61 shots on the Foothills goalies Kurtis Chapman who was replaced late in the 2nd period by Jake Carlson. Kayden Pickles stopped 28 of 35 in the win. Parker Aucoin won the scoring race with 15 goals and 6 assists, 8 points more than the 2nd place scorers Matthew Phillips, Jordan Taupert and Michael Clarke. Safe to say the strength of next years draft will shift back to Alberta for top end talent. Players such as all the Edmonton Mercurys with Clague, Rotundo, Benson and Quenneville weren't even taking part. All four of those players have a very good chance at first round selection next May.
Foothills Elite 7 - 98 Nationals 4
The Foothills Elite will move on to the final of the Stampede Challenge powered by a 4 goal first period and a 6-2 lead after the 2nd to win it 7-4. Michael Clarke continued his strong tournament with 2 goals and 1 assist, Clarke now has 8 goals in the tournament. Brayden Dunn scored his tournament leading 9th and Nolan Kurylo scored a pair, he now has 5. The Nationals got 2 goals from Jackson Gibson, his first two of the tournament. Jake Carlson got the win in goal for Foothills, turning aside 33 of 37 shots while Brodan Salmond stopped 41 of 48 for the Nationals.
Alaskan Ice Dogs 9 - Green Machine 1
The Ice Dogs continue to pile in the goals this tournament, having scored 48 now in 5 games heading to the final. Parker Aucoin continues to show why he'll be a first rounder in the 2013 bantam draft, scoring 3 goals and 1 assist. His 10 goals in 5 games lead the tournament as do his 15 points. Highly regarded by WEHP, Ryley Mckinstry picked up 4 assists from defense. The beat goes on this spring for Matthew Phillips as he scored another 2 goals, giving him 9. Jordan Taupert and Nolan Walker also had strong games as reported. In goal, Brett Petek turned aside 22 of 23 shots he faced. Petek played last season in the Central Albert Hockey League BT2 and will look to challenge for the backup spot behind Kurtis Chapman in Airdrie next season. Kolby Johnson was the lone goal scorer for the Green Machine, he finished the tournament with 3 goals and 5 assists in 5 games. We should point out that Ice Dogs defenseman James Millar has been punishing all weekend long with strong defensive play and big hits. Millar isn't one of the "big" names in Alberta but offers something a bit different. 99 born Kyle Olson continues to impress as well despite his small size.
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