Tait: Scouts know the way to a good junior hockey game
Oilers head amateur scout heads to Whitecourt to watch the Wolverines take on the Spruce Grove Saints
EDMONTON - If you want to know where you can take in a good junior hockey game, just ask a scout.
“I’m going to Whitecourt Wednesday,” Edmonton Oilers head amateur scout Stu MacGregor said earlier this week. “That should be a good game.”And it was.
Spruce Grove’s Dustin Fostvelt was on fire, scoring a short-handed and a powerplay goal six minutes apart to complete a hat trick and push the Saints to a 6-3 win over the Whitecourt Wolverines.
The Saints lead the series 3-1 in their best-of-seven Alberta Junior Hockey League North Division final series.
Kevin Lacroix, who opened the scoring with just under four minutes left in the first, went on to score two goals for the Saints.
The Wolverines will take on the Saints in Game 5 in Spruce Grove on Friday.
In the AJHL South Division the Brooks Bandits bested the Okotoks Oilers 4-1 to tie their playoff series at 2-2.
Battle of Alberta continues in WHL
As a young boy playing hockey in St. Albert, Turner Elson grew up watching the Battle of Alberta between the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames.
Now, he is in it —at least a Western Hockey League version of the battle.
Elson, the 20-year-old captain of the Red Deer Rebels, begins Round 2 of the WHL playoffs tonight against the Calgary Hitmen.
“We know it’s going to be a tough series and that we need to be our best to be able to come out on the winning side,” Elson said Wednesday of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. “Calgary has a big defence and two very strong lines that we need to (play) hard (against) every night.”
The Edmonton Oil Kings and the Medicine Hat Tigers will compete in the other Eastern Conference semifinal. The best-of-seven series begins Friday night at Rexall Place
“We are going to play hard every shift — that’s our message right now. (To) make sure we give ourselves a chance to win every night,” said Elson, a Flames draft pick.
The Battle of Alberta lives on.
24-hour hockey game raises money for a good cause
Matt Cook loved hockey so much that he could play the game 24 hours straight.
That’s why the 24-hour Charity Challenge: Kids vs. Coaches for the Matt Cook Foundation is so fitting. Organizers hope to raise $15,000 for the foundation, a non-profit society that raises funds and awareness to support the battle against rare forms of cancer.
Cook, who played for the AJHL’s Bonnyville Pontiacs, lost his left leg to a rare form of bone cancer. He didn’t give up and soon became a member of the Canadian national sledge hockey team.
He died on April 4, 2010, when the disease spread to his lungs.
During his minor hockey days, Cook played bantam and midget hockey for the Canadian Athletic Club. The CAC is hosting the hockey marathon at its arena, 14640 142 St., starting Friday at 6 p.m., with the Cook family dropping the puck.
Atom, novice, pee wee and midget players will take on coaches from Edges Professional Skating Instruction for 24 hours.
“The older players, pee wee to midget, play during the night, so that’s cool for them,” said Tammy Coley, who owns Edges.
Players paid a $25 registration fee and are collecting additional donations to participate.
And there’s more in store early Saturday. Former NHLers Nathan Dempsey, Norm Lacombe and Dave Marcinshyn will be part of the Proskate Celebrity Hour from 6:30–7:30 a.m.
A sledge hockey game is scheduled from 4:30–6 p.m. Saturday, with a dinner and silent auction to follow.
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