RED DEER – As the Alberta Female Hockey League moves into December, the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) all lead their respective leagues after two months of play.
After two months of play, the Midget AAA standings are:
Rocky Mountain Raiders second-year forward, Nicole Fry, leads all skaters in goals and points with 14 goals in 23 points. Madison Willan of the St. Albert Slash and Breanna Trotter of the Raiders finished the month as the assists leaders with 10 each.
November was another strong month for goaltenders, as St. Albert’s Brianna Sank and and Lloydminster’s Bella McKee lead with the way with a .960 and .950 save percentages, respectively. Sank also leads the league with a .850 goals against average, seven wins and three shutouts heading into December.
Outside of AFHL Play, Calgary Fire captured a Gold Medal and the Joan Snyder Cup in the annual WickFest tournament in Calgary.
The brand-new division of female hockey is shaping up to be a highly competitive division of Midget hockey as five points separate the top three teams in the North and seven points separate four southern teams. The Midget Elite standings to start December are:
1) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (22 pts)
2) St. Albert Sharks (18 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Fury (17 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (11 pts)
5) North Central Impact (6 pts)
6) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (3 pts)
1) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (23 pts)
2) Airdrie Lightning (18 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (17 pts)
4) Calgary Fire White (16 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (9 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (8 pts)
St. Albert’s Payden Bialowas leads all skaters in points (13) and assists (9) in 11 games played, while Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Bryana Sharkey and Red Deer forward Danica Polson share the league lead in goals with eight each.
Goaltending was strong once again in November, with Jayda Thompson of Red Deer continues leading the way with a .500 goals against average, a .980 save percentage, and four wins on the season.
Outside of AFHL Play, Calgary Midget Elite Fire White battled Midget Elite Fire Red in the final for the Elite Division at WickFest. Calgary Fire White came out on top and took home the gold while Fire White captured the silver!
Things are tight in the hunt for the Bantam Elite regular season title! Three points separate fifth from first in the North whereas down south, six points separates third from first. The Bantam Elite standings heading into December are:
1) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (19 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Royals (19 pts)
3) St. Albert Raiders (17 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (16 pts)
5) North Central Impact (16 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (4 pts)
1) Calgary Fire White (20 pts)
2) Olds Grizzlys (17 pts)
3) Lethbridge Cyclones (14 pts)
4) Rocky Mountain Raiders 10 pts)
5) Calgary Fire Red (8 pts)
6) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (5 pts)
Second-year bantam, Chloe Reid leads all Bantam Elite skaters in goals, assists and points. Reid currently has 17 points (8G, 9A) and is tied with MacKenzie Stafford of Lloydminster for the lead in goals.
Jocelynn Pearce of Old sits atop the league with a .990 save percentage and .250 goals against, and four wins leading into December. She is tied for most wins with fellow goaltenders Elle Boyko, Taryn Ofstie and Piper Slezak.
Outside of AFHL Play, Calgary Fire Bantam Red and Fire White won their respective divisions at the WickFest tournament.
Teams will be battling it out in December to earn valuable points in the standings before the league breaks for winter holidays after December 18, with play resuming on January 6.