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The U18 Lakeland Jaguars 2021-22 at a tournament in Stettler earlier this year. Image credit: Lakeland Jaguars Facebook Page.

Lakeland Jaguars U18s hosting Provincials next week after championship win

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


About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.