AuCoin, Team Alberta Captures U-16 Gold

Photo by Andy Devlin

Calgary, AB – Team Alberta captured Gold at the 2013 Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup with a 4-2 victory over Team BC in the final game of the tournament on Sunday, November 3rd, at Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary, AB.

Regina Pats prospect Sam Steel led the way with a goal and an assist, earning Player of the Game honors for Team Alberta, who have won Gold in three of the four editions of the tournament. 

“It’s unbelievable...it probably hasn’t set in yet,” said Steel, a product of Sherwood Park, AB, who was also named to the tournament All-Star team.  “From start to finish, it was just a great event…It’s always good when you get to play against the best players in western Canada, and I’m just happy to be here.”

Cole Johnson, Tyler Benson and Skyler McKenzie also scored while Kale Clague chipped in two assists for Alberta, who finished the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record, including posting back-to-back wins over the defending champions from BC.

“Coming in, we knew it would be very competitive,” said Clague, a Brandon Wheat Kings prospect who was named to the tournament All-Star team alongside Steel.  “Our team, there was special things we built as a group, and we became close like a family, and I think that was what separated us in the tournament.”

Caleb Fantillo had a goal and an assist and Beck Malenstyn scored for Team BC, who defeated Alberta in the gold medal game last year but fell to Alberta twice in the 2013 tournament.

Goaltender Stuart Skinner made 19 saves to claim the victory for Alberta, while Brody Willms stopped 36 of 40 shots fired his way in a losing cause for Team BC.

Game Summary

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
  • B.C. Division |
  • Central Division |
  • East Division |
  • U.S. Division |
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68