Road to the 2017 RBC Cup
Alberta Junior Hockey League
Jason La Rose
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March 9, 2017
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PLAYOFF MATCH-UPS
North Division
2) Whitecourt Wolverines vs. 7) Grande Prairie Storm
3) Spruce Grove Saints vs. 6) Drayton Valley Thunder
4) Bonnyville Pontiacs vs. 5) Sherwood Park Crusaders

BYES:
1) Fort McMurray Oil Barons

South Division
2) Canmore Eagles vs. 7) Olds Grizzlys
3) Calgary Canucks vs. 6) Drumheller Dragons
4) Okotoks Oilers vs. 5) Camrose Kodiaks

BYES:
1) Brooks Bandits

FINAL STANDINGS (W-L-OTL)
North Division
Fort McMurray – 91 points (44-13-3)
Whitecourt – 88 points (41-13-6)
Spruce Grove – 82 points (40-18-2)
Bonnyville – 79 points (37-19-4)
Sherwood Park – 67 points (32-25-3)
Drayton Valley – 38 points (17-39-4)
Grande Prairie – 37 points (15-38-7)
Lloydminster – 33 points (15-42-3)

South Division
Brooks – 106 points (51-5-4)
Canmore – 78 points (36-18-6)
Calgary Canucks – 78 points (37-19-4)
Okotoks – 78 points (36-18-6)
Camrose – 67 points (32-25-3)
Drumheller – 49 points (22-33-5)
Olds – 41 points (17-36-7)
Calgary Mustangs – 18 points (8-50-2)

LEADING SCORERS
Matt Forchuk (Canmore) – 32G 65A 97P
Logan Ferguson (Canmore) – 32G 62A 94P
Tyrell Mappin (Brooks) – 22G 68A 90P
Oliver Chau (Brooks) – 35G 52A 87P
Braden Saretsky (Canmore) – 36G 41A 77P

LEADING GOALTENDERS
Alex Horawski (Brooks) – 13-2-0, 1.65 GAA, .917 SV%, 3 SO
Mitchel Benson (Brooks) – 36-3-2, 1.73 GAA, .929 SV%, 7 SO
Eric Szudor (Fort McMurray) – 27-11-3, 2.16 GAA, .924 SV%, 6 SO
Nolan Kent (Spruce Grove) – 27-11-1, 2.16 GAA, .919 SV%, 4 SO
Pierce Diamond (Whitecourt) – 27-6-4, 2.24 GAA, .906 SV%, 5 SO

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE
2016 (Lloydminster Bobcats – runner-up; Brooks Bandits – fourth place)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES
18 (2016, 2016 [host], 2013, 2011 [host], 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004 [host], 2003, 2001, 2000 [host], 1995, 1994 [host], 1980, 1976, 1975, 1972, 1971)

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
2013 (Brooks Bandits)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
8 (2013, Brooks Bandits; 2001, Camrose Kodiaks; 2000, Fort McMurray Oil Barons; 1995, Calgary Canucks; 1994, Olds Grizzlys; 1980, Red Deer Rustlers; 1975, Spruce Grove Mets; 1971, Red Deer Rustlers)

TOP REGULAR SEASON TEAM – BROOKS BANDITS
There was no RBC Cup hangover for the Brooks Bandits, who bounced back from a loss in the national semifinals last year to post the fourth-best regular season in AJHL history. The Bandits led the league in goals for (294), goals against (107) and penalty killing (87.9%) and finished No. 2 in power play (26.5%), running away from the rest of the league to finish with a 28-point lead in the South Division, and a 15-point advantage overall. Brooks slumped to a 4-2-2 start, but found its stride in early October; after Oct. 1, the Bandits went 7-1 in October, 9-0-1 in November, 8-0-1 in December, 11-0 in January, and 12-2 in February/March, including 33 straight games without a regulation loss. Ty Mappin (22-68—90) and Oliver Chau (35-52—87) paced the offence, finishing four-five in league scoring, and AJHL MVP Cale Makar racked up 75 points from the blue-line, good for sixth in the league and 23 more than the next-best defenceman. Mitchel Benson saw the lion’s share of work between the pipes, leading AJHL netminders with 36 wins, a .929 save percentage and seven shutouts, while back-up Alex Horawski posted a league-leading 1.65 goals-against, just ahead of Benson.

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
mbell@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

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