After having an almost perfect regular season, the U15 Airdrie Xtreme of the Alberta Elite Hockey League, has yet to lose a game in the playoffs.
After finishing the regular season with an astonishing 33-1 record, the Xtreme swept through the first round not allowing a single goal while winning every game needed in the second round.
In the first round, the Xtreme played the Calgary Royals, winning two straight games of the best of three. To add on top of that, the Xtreme did not allow a single goal during the series, winning game one 3-0 and game two 5-0.
Game one's goals were scored by Isaac Davies and Riley Boychuk who had two. Finn Bagley who had a hat trick, Benett Kelly and Matthew Hilderman had the goals in the second game.
After advancing to the second round, the Xtreme was met with a very tough opponent, the Red Deer Rebels. While the Rebels could score goals, they still could not hand the Xtreme a loss in the series. The Xtreme closed out the series in two games.
“Red Deer played really well and they're a good team, but we knew if we played our game we had a really good chance and we played two really good games against a good team and we're able to find a way to win the game,” explained Head Coach of the team, Tyson Soloski.
Caelen Joudrey who had two goals, Matthew Hilderman, Aden Bouchard, Finn Bagley and Isaac Davies combined for the 6-3 win in game one.
In game two the Rebels were able to score four total goals but still fell short 6-4. Xtreme goals were scored by, Matthew Hilderman, who had two, Finn Bagley, Aden Bouchard, Riley Boychuk and Griffin Horne.
The Xtreme looks to keep the perfect post-season going as they head to the provincial championship this weekend in Okotoks.
Four other teams will all be there fighting for the championship, St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres, Knights of Columbus (KC) Squires, Calgary Bisons and of course the host Okotoks Oilers. The Xtreme will play each team once between Thursday and Saturday, if they are able to stay undefeated they will play in the first-place game on Sunday.
“I think all games are going to be extremely competitive and if you don't come to play every game, I think any team can beat anyone in the tournament, which is great.”
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