CANMORE - Team South went wire-to-wire as the tournament’s top team to win the 2017 Alberta Cup.
South went undefeated (4-0-1) through the tournament, and clinched the Alberta Cup with a 5-1 win over Northwest.
It’s the second straight win with two different teams for South Head Coach Jamie Steer. Steer won the 2016 Alberta Cup with Calgary South, exactly 30 years after he won the very first Alberta Cup as a player with the same team.
The win is a special one for forward Ridly Greig as well. Greig’s dad, Mark, won the Alberta Cup with Calgary North in 1987. Now, 30 years later, the former NHLer watched his son hoist the very same trophy.
Defending champion Calgary South still earned a spot in the top three this year, as a quick two-goal outburst late in the third and two empty-netters gave them a 6-2 victory over Edmonton Yellow in the B Final.
Team South finished third in the tournament, beating Calgary North 4-1 in the B Final. Earlier in the day, Northeast used a five-goal third period to defeat Central 6-1 in the C Final, while Edmonton Blue broke a 4-4 tie with 40 seconds left in the game for a 6-4 win over Calgary North in the D Final.
2017 is the third and final year of the Alberta Cup in Canmore. Spruce Grove will host the Alberta Cup in 2018.
South 5 - Northwest 1
Calgary South 6 - Edmonton Yellow 2
Northeast 6 - Central 1
Edmonton Blue 6 - Calgary North 4
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