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Blazers stopped in round robin of provincials

U15 club posts 1-2 mark at U15 provincials hosted in Plamondon March 23-26
Boyle Blazers’ centreman Harley Irving passes the puck to a teammate during their last match of the season March 25 against the Barrhead Bruins, a 6-5 loss during the round robin of the U15 Tier 1 NBC Provincial Championships in Plamondon.

BOYLE – The U15 Boyle Blazers hopes of making the playoffs at the eight-team U15 No Body Contact (NBC) Alberta Provincial Championships in Plamondon March 23-26 ended in a one-goal loss to Barrhead.

The Blazers headed into what turned out to be their final game of the tournament with a 1-1 round-robin record following a March 24, 9-2 loss to Springbank NBC 1, the eventual provincial champs, and an 11-2 triumph over Olds later that day — to move on to the Sunday-morning playoffs the Blazers needed to defeat Barrhead in their March 25 tilt.

The clubs traded goals throughout the contest that saw Barrhead run out to an early lead, before the Blazers came storming back and actually took a short-lived 3-2 lead late in the second period. Barrhead eventually got the equalizer and went up 5-3, before the Blazers managed to tie the game 5-5 at 11:34 of the third period.

But a victory just wasn’t in the cards as Barrhead was able to regain the lead at 16:43 and run out the rest of the clock.

Despite the tough end, the club had a fantastic year that saw them finish second in the U15 Tier 4 bracket of the Northeastern Alberta Hockey League with a 23-5-2 record. In the league playoffs, the Blazers defeated Lloydminster, Edgerton/Chauvin and Bonnyville before facing the Plamondon Cougars for the league banner. In that game, the Cougars and Blazers went back and forth with the Cougars going on to post a dramatic 6-5 OT win on March 12 in Boyle — with Plamondon hosting provincials, the Blazers received the zone berth.

Team manager Hannah Grant agreed that it was a great year for the club who had to carry six over-age kids this season due to low numbers — without the extras they would have been left with only 14 skaters and no season.

Cole Brennan,

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