Sports briefs- Central Alberta Selects

With just a month remaining in the regular season, the Central Alberta Selects are gearing up for the final push to the playoffs.

By Zachary Cormier

With just a month remaining in the regular season, the Central Alberta Selects are gearing up for the final push to the playoffs and provincial play-downs. Here’s a quick rundown of how the teams are doing:

Peewee AA

The Central Alberta Selects Quicklane Peewee AA team have had their fair share of ups and downs this season.

The youngest group of AA players are currently sitting sixth in the eight team South Central Alberta Hockey League North Division with a 8-13-4 record.

Despite some impressive offensive performances and valiant efforts from their goaltenders, the Peewee Selects have had trouble stringing wins together.

Last weekend, the team played a pair of key contests against the Okotoks Oilers Black, who they’re currently chasing in the standings, and the Airdrie Lightning, the current division front runners by a wide margin.

Going into last Saturday’s game, the Oilers were riding a four game hot streak where they posted a 3-1 record. But despite a good effort, they were unable to come out with the victory and fell 9-4.

Last Sunday’s game against Airdrie, on the other hand, was a battle for the ages that saw the Selects keep pace with the first place team through the entire game. The score was tied heading into the final minute of play, but Airdrie managed to break the tie with just a second remaining on the clock to come away with a 5-4 win.

Next up for the Peewee Selects is a road game next Friday night against Lethbridge.

Bantam AA

The Central AB Selects OK Tire Bantam AA team have been dominant so far this season.

Despite a rocky couple of games this weekend that saw them come away with a 4-4 tie in Airdrie on Saturday before dropping an 8-1 decision on the road against Wheatland on Sunday, the Selects are still among the hottest teams in their division.

They’ve lost just four of the 25 games that they’ve played this season and have posted a 15-4-5 record to put them comfortably at the top of their division with 35 points, ten points ahead of the second-place Bow Valley Timberwolves.

One of the reasons the Selects are at the top in is because of their hot start to the season.

During the first three months of the season, the Selects touted an impressive 9-2-3 record. Since then they’ve gone 6-2-2,

The Bantams next game isn’t until Jan. 29 when they’ll travel to Big Valley to take on the Bow Valley Timberwolves.

Midget AA

It hasn’t been the greatest of seasons for the Central Alberta Selects Fountain Tire Midget AA team.

They currently sit last in their division with a 4-18-2 record.

Going into this weekend, the Selects hadn’t won a game since Dec. 23rd when they defeated the CNHA Canucks 4-2 at the Max Bell Centre.

But despite the monkey on their back, the Selects played some pretty good hockey. And it paid off, as on Saturday they came away with a 3-2 victory thanks to some last minute heroics by Bryson Muir, who broke the 2-2 tie with just 1:14 left in the third.

The Selects then followed that up by battling the Airdrie Lighting, a team that shut them out 11-0 the last time they met, to a 5-5 draw.

Next up for the Selects is a home contest against the Red Deer Indy on Saturday. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m. at the Barnett Arenas.