The Hockey Super League’s Challenge Cup kicked off this past weekend with some highly skilled and entertaining games in Calgary, Alberta. The 2021 Hockey Super League Challenge Cup consists of three showcase weekends, finishing with a mid-season U17 Prep champion. Here are the results from this weekend’s competition.
Calgary Crusaders (2-1-1)
The Crusaders had a four-game weekend that started and finished with victories. The host team was lead offensively by Carson Wright (4G, 7A) who had a 11 point weekend. The Crusaders found success scoring against the BC teams but ran into a defensively tough Red Wings Hockey Academy team for their lone loss. Goaltender Declan Hall started three games, and finished the weekend with a 1-1-1 record.
Sharpshooters Hockey Academy (1-2-1)
The Sharpshooters also had a four-game weekend to start the Challenge Cup. They had an unfortunate start after running into AMP Academy’s (Calgary, AB) Josh Hope who stopped 59/60 shots he faced. They however found their scoring touch in a 6-6 tie against the Crusaders, then fell short to the undefeated Eagles Hockey Academy. The Sharpshooters were able to seal a 5-4 victory in their matchup against Fraser Valley.
Red Wings (1-2)
The Energetic Red wings had three close battles to start their challenge cup. Jordan Gagnon (4G) was the offensive catalyst scoring half of the Red wings goals on the weekend. Seb Culham (31/32) backstopped the lone win on the weekend. The Red wings will look to strengthen their position in the standing in the next phase hosted in BC.
AMP Hockey Academy (1-2)
Josh Hope was once again stellar securing a win for AMP Hockey Academy to start their Challenge Cup. Sasha Plourde (2G, 2A) had two points in the early victory and provided some offense against tough Pacific Canadians and SPHA teams, however AMP lost both games and will look to bounce back in weekend number two.
Pacific Canadians (2-1)
The Pacific Canadians had a very successful weekend, starting with wins against the Red Wings Hockey Academy and AMP Hockey Academy. Agam Rawan (7G, 1A) found the back of the net often and had support from Bruce Grey (1G, 6A) and Lucas Kalman (1G, 5A) throughout the showcase. The Canadians ran into some penalty trouble and took a loss to the Calgary Crusaders to conclude their weekend.
Fraser Valley (0-3)
Fraser Valley had tough start to the Challenge Cup, dropping games to the Calgary Crusaders, SPHA and losing by one in their final game against the Sharpshooters Hockey Academy. They will have to rally when the Challenge Cup continues back in B.C. in an effort to get themselves back into the top half of the standings.
Saints Pro Hockey Academy had a very successful finish to the first weekend of the Challenge Cup. The trio of Lovsin, Niehaus and Lee provided a ton of offensive chances, which overwhelmed Fraser Valley and AMP Hockey Academy. Justus Cutler was a positive presence on the back end as well.
The Eagles Hockey Academy had a dominant start to the Challenge Cup, holding onto the first-place position after the first weekend. Talin Mcleod (4G, 5A) and Austin Cooper (3G, 4A) provided consistent scoring for the Eagles. Bradyn Hewko turned away 74/79 shots for two wins on the opening weekend.
The Challenge Cup continues with weekend number two in Delta, British Columbia from November 12-14, with the final weekend going down in Penhold, Alberta from December 3-5.