Barnzee Sportswear Midget AA Lakers battled to league championship

Sylvan Lake Barnzee Sportswear Midget AA Lakers had a very successful season

Sylvan Lake Barnzee Sportswear Midget AA Lakers won a four game series over Badlands Long Horns to capture the South Central Alberta Hockey League championship recently.

Sylvan Lake Barnzee Sportswear Midget AA Lakers had a very successful season finishing first in regular season play for the North Division of the South Central Alberta Hockey League.

Their 22-10-2 season was an impressive accomplishment for the team in this competitive league.

After a bye in the first round of playoffs, the Lakers took the second round over Wheatland Chiefs with a successful outcome of best of three games, 6-5, 2-3, and 5-3.

They then took on Red Deer Elks for a clean sweep — a 7-3 score in game 1 and a double overtime win of 4-3 earning the Lakers the North Division title.

Moving on to face Badlands Long Horns for the SCAHL Championship, the Lakers battled hard, taking the series in four games; 5-1 win, 4-5 loss, 5-3 win, and a 4-1 triumph for the championship banner.

The extra effort given by all the players during the run for the ring was a very impressive display, making it an exciting and memorable series for the players, coaches, parents, fans and everyone involved.

We are all very proud and impressed by how the players came together to form a championship team.

Thanks to the awesome coaching staff for all your dedication in leading this team to victory and to our manager for going above and beyond to make this a great year. Thanks to our sponsors, parents, and fans for everything you do to support the team.

Most importantly, thanks to the great group of boys whose commitment, drive, and determination produced a championship team that we are all proud of. Best of luck to the third year players in your future endeavours and we look forward to seeing the returning players next year.

Head Coach Lloyd Cox had the following to say about the season:

I would like to start off by thanking the SLMHA for the opportunity to coach the Midget AA Lakers.

The season started with tryouts of players from Sylvan and surrounding communities to make up the roster of 19. The team was picked and made with four import players and 14 non which left one spot open as there where players still in tryouts with various other teams. We ended up filling the last position with Travis Mayan. Travis was the scoring leader for the SCMHA, also voted the leagues MOP and a leader in the dressing room.

The team was made up of players that had good offensive abilities (Tyler Yach, Justis Lowry, Brody Bolton, Draven Jerry) and players that were able to play both ends (Dexter Gette, Aidan Wilson, Austin Wilson, Spencer Scott, Kealan Ellerby, Carson Walker, Harley Haggerty) and a defensive core that were able to skate and move the puck (Dayne Garnick, Bryce Marshall, Brock Boguski, Matt Johnson and Brett White). Our goaltenders (Brett Frisneth and Nic Herrebrugh) both finished the season with 90+ save percentages and made the big saves when needed, but most importantly they all played as a team.

I would like to thank all of the team’s volunteers for their efforts, time and most importantly their dedication to the players and team, as we are all the 2012-2013 SCMHA Midget AA champions.

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