Regina win extends Saskatchewan’s Mac’s rule
By John Down, Calgary Herald
January 2, 2012
The Regina Rebels celebrate their gold-medal win in the Mac’s midget tournament after defeating the Edmonton Thunder 3-2 in the girls’ championship game at Max Bell centre on Sunday.
Photograph by: Gavin Young, Calgary Herald
The Regina Rebels gave Saskatchewan its seventh championship in the eight-year history of the girls’ division at the Mac’s AAA Midget Hockey Tournament with a 3-2 overtime win Sunday over three-time finalist Edmonton Thunder.
In a game that featured outstanding goaltending by both the Thunder’s Chloe Sanderson and Rebels’ Rae McClintock, Talia Terry forced OT with a power-play goal in the third period.
Delaney Frey scored with just 53 seconds left in the first overtime period to make the Rebels’ debut in the championship match a memorable one.
Saskatchewan teams have won every girls’ title since its inception except for 2009, when the St. Albert Slash prevailed over the Calgary Flyers. The Thunder, meanwhile, have been runners-up in the past two and in 2008.
Usually the game would have been played in front of the boys’ championship game at the Scotiabank Saddledome but because of the world junior requirements for ice time, it was staged at the Max Bell Centre.
“The girls were supportive of it and in fact thoughy it might be a better atmosphere at Max Bell,” said Mac’s tournament chairman Byron Stephen. “We realize it’s a one-year thing.”
The boys’ final also had to be set back to 6 p.m., but maintained its traditional appearance in the Saddledome.
As for the tournament itself, Stephen said attendance was better than anticipated considering the clash with the world juniors.
It isn’t a Mac’s without awards and there were plenty:
Scholarships went to Dale Nerland of the Bisons, Michael Statchuk of Prince Albert, Tyler Dea of St. Albert, Keaton Burke of the Calgary Northstars and Nick Josephs of the Calgary Flames. The top scorer award was shared by Brett Boehm (Beardy’s), Brandon Tkachuk (Flames) and Riley Whittingham (Northstars).
Statchuk took top defenceman and was part of the Prince Albert most sportsmanlike team. Tim Leonard, their bench boss, also was named outstanding coach.
Statchuk was one of two Mintos named to the first all-star team, along with forward Adam Fauchoux. Tkachuk joined Statchuk on defence, while Whittingham and Kyler Hehn of St. Albert filled out the forwards.
Wilson Sproule of the Bisons was named top goalie.
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