RED DEER – The 2023 Prospects Cup was hoisted by Capital Royal in an exhilarating 5-4 championship game against Calgary White.
Nathan Murray opened the scoring for Calgary White with an assist coming from Connor Huynh just two and a half minutes into the game. Brady Forest retaliated with a short handed goal, stealing the puck just outside the left post and firing it through the legs of Colten Dunsby. Under two minutes later, James Anisimovicz sent one into the corner high above Dunsby’s right shoulder and into the back of the goal, bringing a 2-1 lead to White. Brayden Tucker notched Royal’s second short-handed goal of the game after a one-on-one with Dunsby. Kalen Miles gave Capital Royal their first lead of the game after tapping one in the back door off a perfect pass from Andrew Nordstrom. Austyn Giebelhaus rode the momentum, scoring Royal’s fourth of the game off a face-off at the end of the first period. Grayson Bauer and Nathan Murray add two for Calgary White within 30 seconds of one another to put the crowd on their feet. The pair had the lone two goals of the second period. Brayden Tucker knocked back his second goal for the game and won the championship for Capital Royal!
It was a battle of the south to open the day, South Black taking the win 8-4 over region rival, South Gold. The game saw a total 84 shots taken against the two Airdrie goaltenders making this game a true frenzy of action. South Black ended in seventh overall.
North Blue and Calgary Red took the ice next with a nail biter resolution. Calgary Red fought against North Blue’s Adrien Brochu, only able to score 3 on 39 shots. North Blue sealed the deal 12 seconds into overtime with Ryan Sieker sneaking one just inside the right post, taking the fifth place finish.
The third-place game was played by Capital Green and North Grey with Green taking the win, 4-3. North Grey played with speed and grit against Green’s precision passing. Both squads exchanged goals through the third period, with Boston Matter netting the game winning goal with 7:47 left in the game.
The Prospects Cup marks the end of Hockey Alberta’s 2023 Spring showcase events. The Alberta Cup and the Alberta Challenge had wrapped up in the previous two weeks with Green taking home both of those championships.
Gatorade Alberta Built Performer of the Day – Calder Fraser (South Black)
The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an “Alberta Built” player. Alberta Built is defined as:
- Good person – Know who you are.
- Character player – Believe in yourself.
- Grit player – Thrive on adversity
- Leadership – Treat yourself & people right
- Standard of performance – Focused approach on process – ALWAYS COMPETE – EVERY-DAYERS