Brooks Prairie Thunder will host the 2018 Hockey Alberta provincial bantam A female championships beginning Thursday night.
The ATB sponsored tournament starts on Thursday and continues through to Sunday with games being played at the Centennial Regional Arena and Sparrow Arena.
There are eight teams participating including the host Prairie Thunder Bantam team. The teams will be vying for a spot in the gold medal final on Sunday, and a chance to win the provincial crown.
Opening ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday, March 15th at 6 p.m. at the CRA.
Pool play begins on Thursday, March 15th and continues until Saturday, March 17th. The top four teams qualify for the semi-finals which will be held Sunday, March 18th at 9 a.m. at both Sparrow Arena and the CRA.
The host Prairie Thunder plays the following schedule of round-robin games:
• Thursday, March 15th at 7:30 vs Edmonton Sabres at the CRA.
• Friday, March 16th at 12:30 vs Red Deer at the CRA.
• Saturday, March 17th at 1:30 vs Okotoks at the CRA.
The Prairie Thunder finished with a record of 9-17 during the regular season. This includes one tournament and exhibition play.
Head coach David Kambeitz said it has been a challenging season for the girls.
Last season the girls played Tier 2 hockey and did really well.
After winning tiering games by a wide margin this season, the Prairie Thunder were moved to Tier 1.
Kambeitz said the girls went 3-15 in Rocky Mountain league play this year but still made the playoffs. They recently met the Calgary Red team in a two game set and dropped the series by scores of 5-1 and 8-0.
The team started the season with nine players but added five girls from Medicine Hat, Redcliff, Vulcan, Hays and Vauxhall.
Local fans are encouraged to come out and see some of the best female bantam A–aged players in the province competing at the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.
Kambeitz said three of the teams competing in the provincial tournament are in the top four of the Rocky Mountain Hockey League standings.
As for his team, he said the girls will go out and have fun, work hard and see what happens.
He said most of the girls have never gone to a provincial championship tournament.
The female bantam A provincial championships are being proudly supported by a number of local sponsors, who will be showcased in the tournament program which is available at the CRA over the weekend.
The full schedule of games and updated results throughout the weekend for the tournament can be found on the Hockey Alberta Website under the Prairie Thunder Bantam Provincials page. Results will be updated regularly on the site throughout the tournament.