Stettler bounces Provost to earn Zone 7 banner

The Stettler Legion Blues didn’t leave anything to chance Sunday as they finished off the Provost Blades

The Stettler Legion Blues didn’t leave anything to chance Sunday as they finished off the Provost Blades and won the Zone 7 midget B hockey championship.

The Blues beat the provincial hosts 10-4 at the Stettler Recreation Centre in the second and deciding game of their zone championship series.

Stettler, which lost 2-1 at Provost a week earlier, responded convincingly on home ice to take the total-goal series 11-6.

Both teams were already guaranteed a berth in the provincial championship tournament, set for March 21-24 at Provost.

Stettler outshot Provost 43-22 in Sunday’s game. Blues assistant captain Micah Croker scored three goals and assisted on two others, while Keiran Rost added two goals.

The Blues also got goals from Jacques du Toit, Riley Anderson, David Hanton, Justin McKenzie and Stefan du Toit. Brogan Cassidy assisted on three Stettler goals.

Jordan McCallum tended goal for Stettler, which trailed 2-1 after the first period but led 5-2 after the second. Justin Olson scored three times for Provost.

In the absence of Brett Rider, the Blues added affiliated player Zack Werbowesky from the Stettler midget B team.

The Blues are classified as a midget A team in the North Central Minor Hockey Association, but they’re competing at the B level for the provincials. They won the North Central Tier 1 regular-season title, and now are involved in league playoffs.

Beginning next week, Stettler goes up against Maskwacis, which beat Ponoka 2-1 in their best-of-three series, including a 9-5 decision in the deciding game Sunday.

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