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Road to The Esso Cup: Hockey Alberta
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March 29, 2011
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2011 ALBERTA CHAMPIONS:  The Edmonton Thunder win the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League championship and advance to the Pacific Female Midget Championship.

HOW EDMONTON EARNED ITS SPOT AT THE PACIFIC FEMALE MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP
Defeated Sherwood Park 7-0 and 7-1 in a best-of-three quarter-final series during the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League playoffs February 9 and 10.
Defeated St. Albert 4-1, 2-1 and 2-1 in a best-of-three semifinal series during the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League playoffs March 3, 9 and 12.
Defeated Red Deer 2-0, 3-0 and 4-2 in a best-of-five championship series during the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League playoffs March 20, 26 and 27.

NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS AFTER REGULAR SEASON:
Edmonton Thunder – 59 points
St. Albert Slash – 49 points
Spruce Grove Saints – 17 points
Sherwood Park Fury – 17 points
Lloydminster Steelers – 16 points
Grand Prairie Storm – 10 points

SOUTH DIVISION STANDINGS AFTER REGULAR SEASON:
Red Deer Chiefs – 52 points
Highwood Raiders – 40 points
Medicine Hat Hounds – 37 points
Calgary Flyers – 32 points
Calgary Chaos – 30 points
Calgary Bruins – 25 points

AMMFHL LEADING SCORERS AFTER REGULAR SEASON
Melissa Kueber (St. Albert) – 24GP 31G 16A 47P
Jessica Kampjes (St. Albert) – 30GP 26G 21A 47P
Karly Heffernan (St. Albert) – 32GP 16G 31A 47P
Katy Josephs (Highwood) – 24GP 22G 19A 41P
Lyndsay Kirkham (Medicine Hat) – 32GP 21G 20A 41P

QUARTER-FINALS
Sherwood Park 0, Edmonton 7
Edmonton 7, Sherwood Park 1

SEMIFINALS
St. Albert 1, Edmonton 4
Edmonton 2, St. Albert 3
St. Albert 1, Edmonton 2
Edmonton 2, St. Albert 1

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Red Deer 3, Edmonton 2
Red Deer 0, Edmonton 2
Edmonton 3, Red Deer 4
Edmonton 3, Red Deer 0
Red Deer 2, Edmonton 4

AMMFHL LEADING SCORERS AFTER PLAYOFFS
Ashley Graf (Red Deer) – 13GP 6G 8A 14P
Kirsten Reeves (Edmonton) – 11GP 6G 7A 13P
Melissa Kueber (St. Albert) – 6GP 6G 6A 12P
Katy Josephs (Highwood) – 7GP 4G 7A 11P
Jade Petrie (Red Deer) 12GP 7G 3A 10P

ALBERTA CHAMPIONS – EDMONTON THUNDER

The Edmonton Thunder are once again Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League champions, edging the Red Deer Chiefs 3-2 in a best-of-five series for the provincial title after two hard fought months of league playoffs, which also included a 3-1 victory in a best-of-five semifinal series battle against Esso Cup host team the St. Albert Slash and a 2-0 sweep over the Sherwood Park Fury in a best-of-three quarter-final series. The Thunder hope to continue to roll right through the Pacific Female Midget Championship, where they'll once again face the Thompson-Okanagan Rockets of the British Columbia Female Midget AA Hockey League, in hopes of making it three straight appearances at the Esso Cup. Last year, Edmonton became the first team in the short history of Canada's National Female Midget Championship to attend the event two years in a row. This year, will Edmonton become the only team to do it thrice? The Thunder have to defeat the Rockets from B.C. in order to answer that question, and perhaps make their third time a charm at the 2011 Esso Cup.


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