It’s Provincials season and the Lakeland area is playing host to two tournaments coming next week.
The U18 Lakeland Jaguars are hosting the U18 Female B Hockey Provincials Championships from April 1-3 at the Cold Lake Energy Centre.
Marwayne and Dewberry are always welcoming U13 Tier III teams from across Alberta that same weekend.
The Jags were originally going to be hosting the tournament in 2020 but that didn’t go forward after sweeping restrictions shut down all sports activities in the province.
So the organizers put in another bid and were successful to go ahead and host the 8-team tournament in nine days time.
The U18 Jags are fresh off of a league championship after beating Lloydminster.
They went 19-2 overall during the season nine points clear of the second place Lloyd Blazers.
In the first playoff round the Jaguars disposed of the Dewberry Wild, before facing off against St. Paul in Round 2. They won by a combined score of 15-3 in a two-game sweep to set up the final round.
Winning each game by a score of 3-1, the Jaguars took home the league title against the Blazers who will go to Provincials as well as a wildcard.
Berry Lynn Rosychuk was far away the East Central Alberta Female Hockey League’s leading scorer with 62 points, 23 more points than the second highest scorer teammate Hannah Hall, in 20 regular season games played. That includes 43 goals, about 2.15 goals per game.
The Jags boast 5 of the league’s 6 top scorers as well.
Coming into the Provincial championships, Lakeland is on a 17 game winning streak.
Organizer Dale Laursen said they’re trying to make the tournament a great memory for the players and the visiting teams.
“We want to make it something memorable for them because a lot of these girls were in their first years right, and they were gonna host that tournament,” he said.
Laursen added the sponsorships have been going well and that they appear to have a good volunteer base heading into the tourney.
“We want to get that place packed and get people in there…Let’s watch some hockey and support your local teams.”
The Jags program has been around since 2006 and have hosted Provincials a couple times since their inception.
The opening ceremonies are Friday, April 1 at 8pm.
Lakeland Jaguars roster
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||3||Claira Krawchuk|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||4||Halle Berard|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||5||Faith Donovan|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||7||Leanne Laursen|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||9||Emma Naim|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||10||Hannah Hall|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||11||Abigail Metchewais|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||14||Dacia Lodoen|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||15||Tannis Lewis|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||16||Hannah Thorne|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||17||Julianna Bateman|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||18||Sydney Desjarlais|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||19||Cierra Nuttall|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||20||Isabella Cory|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||21||Riley Moon|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||22||Berry Lynn Rosychuk|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||27||Ella Dole|
|U18 – Lakeland Jaguars||30||Kyra Quinney|