Hanna Colts claim Bantam D Provincial Championship

Bantam D Champs Hanna

The Hockey Alberta Bantam D Provincial Tournament sponsored by ATB Financial was hosted locally over the weekend of March 15 – 17 with games played out of the arenas in Trochu and Three Hills, and what a great weekend it was.

The Kneehill Chiefs entered the weekend not only as the host team but also as the Zone 6 Champions.

The Chiefs began the tournament with two games on Friday. The first game was against Fairview in front of a packed house with fans from both the Trochu and Three Hills schools in attendance. The Chiefs did not disappoint their fans as they skated to a 5-2 victory.

The second game of the day at 7:30 pm Friday, following Opening Ceremonies, saw the Chiefs take on the Okotoks Green team where they were again victorious with a score of 3-1.

On Saturday the Chiefs played one game which was against Swan Hills. The Chiefs played a great game defeating their opponents 8 – 0. The win gave the local team a perfect 3 and 0 record to finish first place in their pool in the round robin portion of the tournament and secure their place in the semifinals on Sunday.

The Chiefs would continue their winning ways on Sunday morning as they took on the Ponoka Stampeders in the semifinal game. The Chiefs would defeat Ponoka 6 – 3 which would set up a showdown with the Hanna Colts in the final game.

The final game of the Provincial Tournament would see the two undefeated Zone 6 teams go head to head to determine the Hockey Alberta Bantam D Provincial Champion. The Kneehill Chiefs and the Hanna Colts played an exciting, back and forth game and it came down to the final minute of the third period, which saw the Hanna Colts score a goal with 54 seconds left in the game to break a 3 – 3 tie. Hanna would be able to hang on to that one goal lead and take the final game 4 – 3 over our Kneehill Chiefs.

Although the final outcome was not as Provincial Champions, the Kneehill Bantam Chiefs played hard, had fun and provided their fans with some exciting hockey games throughout the weekend. We are so proud of these boys and how well they worked together and how hard they battled each and every game.

Bantam Chiefs Opening Ceremony Lineup

The Kneehill Bantam Chiefs and Kneehill Minor Hockey would like to acknowledge all of the volunteers, sponsors and fans for making the Provincial Tournament a success. Without all of your support this weekend would not have been possible. It was amazing to see the packed stands and community support for every game our boys played and is something they will remember for many years to come.