AFHL U15 AA Playoffs – Round 1 Recap

The Alberta Female Hockey League’s U15 AA division wrapped up the first round of playoffs on the weekend, as six teams earned their way into the Provincial Qualifier round. All series were a best-of-3.

North Division

Lloydminster Richardson Jewellery Steelers def. North Central Impact, 2-0

Lloydminster’s defence and goaltending was on full display as they did not allow a goal in either game en route to a sweep of North Central. Mhairi MacDonald stopped 14 shots in a 2-0 Game 1 victory. Myla Holt scored the game winning goal in the second period and Raevyn Neahr tacked on an empty net goal. Jordan Cornet stopped 20 shots in Game 2’s 4-0 win. Neahr opened the scoring, Peyton Walker scored two goals, and Irelyn Parrott scored the other goal.

Edmonton Pandas Gold def. RB Oilfield Hauling PCFAC Storm, 2-0

Edmonton took control of the series with a Game 1 shutout via Sophie Quaschnick‘s 31-save performance and a two-goal night from Sienna Esposito. Kelsey Impett and Madison Stark also scored, and Teyah Gray added three assists in the 4-0 victory. Game 2 was a 5-1 Edmonton victory. Taylor Wasylchew scored for the Storm. Esposito, Gray and Stark took care of the Edmonton scoring, and Addison Cunningham contributed a three-assist game.

Pandas Gold and Lloydminster face off in the second round of playoffs.

St. Albert Raiders Chargers def. Sherwood Park Royals, 2-1

St. Albert won Game 1, 5-3, breaking a 3-3 deadlock in the third period on a goal from Avery Adams, Gabriella Ogunnupe added an insurance marker late in the period. Mikayla Gibson, Gabrielle Haight and Emma Lommer also scored for St. Albert, while Morgan Fray and Tavia Koscielnuk (2) replied for Sherwood Park. The Royals rebounded for a 3-2 win in game 2. Tori Slywka, Brooklyn Herritt and Ava Anderson scored for Sherwood Park and Koscielnuk assisted on all three goals. Ogunnupe and Clover Good-Rioch replied for the Chargers. In a hard fought Game 3, the Chargers got goals from Haight, Ogunnupe, Gibson and Mya LaFayette in a 4-3 victory. Koscielnuk had a hattrick for the Royals in the losing cause.

St. Albert meets the Edmonton Pandas Black in the second round.

South Division

Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs def. Southern Express, 2-0

In game 1, Reece Lacina scored the winner in a seesaw battle as Red Deer won 3-2. Peyton Stephenson and Jensyn Stephenson also scored for the Chiefs. Emily Burton and Teagan Torgerson replied for the Express. Game 2 was a different story as the Chiefs dominated, 8-1, to complete the sweep. Torgerson was the lone scorer for the Express, with Red Deer goals scored by Stephenson, Hannah Yeast, Ryley Schierman, Macy Morrison, Taylor Sorenson and Sara Murdoch.

Calgary Fire Red def. Calgary Fire White, 2-0

Calgary Red had control of this series with Calgary White, winning 5-1 in Game 1 and 2-0 in Game 2. Isabella Cherewko, Mika Higgins, Paige Kokayko, Ashley Jardine and Jana Mitenko scored for Calgary Red in Game 1, with Talysa Mah responding for Calgary White. Keelie Armstrong had both goals in Game 2, and Rory Rhynold earned the shutout with a 15-save performance.

Calgary Red faces off next against Red Deer.

Rocky Mountain Raiders def. Calgary Fire Black, 2-0

Defence and goaltending was on display for both teams in this series. In game 1, Tess Mcgee gave Calgary the lead, but goals from Ella Simard and Sarah Grummett allowed the Raiders to eke out a 2-1 win. Raiders goalie Abby Szilagyi made 39 saves, and Calgary Black goalie Kamryn Hilliard had 45 saves. Game 2 also stellar goalie performances, but the Raiders won 3-1 on goals from Simard, Paige Meyer and Gracie Dengler. Eva Lurie was the lone goal scorer for Calgary Black.

Rocky Mountain faces off next against Airdrie.

All four series opening games will commence on March 8. Full schedule is available on the AFHL U15 AA Website. Livestreaming is available through FloHockey.