Week 1 of the AAA Summer Hockey Challenge ended today with champions being decided in two different age divisions (2011 & 2006). Week 2 goes next weekend with the 2010, 2009, and 2007 age groups taking to the ice.
Kellan Shtykalo scored twice to lead the Parkland Thunder (pictured above) to a narrow 6-4 victory over the Wheatland Wild. Chayce Stoski, Mattew Ducheck, Carter Smigelsky and Travis Catcheway also scored for the Thunder. Vahn Stephen, Kelson Hawreluik, Owen Light and Rylan Keith scored for the Wild in a losing cause. Zachary Carter made several key saves late to pick up the win for the Thunder.
The Southwest Outlaws received goals from six different goal scorers en route to a 6-3 win over the Manitoba Hawks Red. Nathan Robson (1g,3a) and Sebastian Stone (1g,2a) lead the Outlaws offensively. They also received goals from Drew Shiels, Kelby Diehl, Luke Mackenzie and Jesse Brown. Braeden Lucas, Ethan Wilde, and Bronson Ross relied for the Hawks. The Hawks earned a birth into the finals after upsetting the MB Steel in one semi-final while Outlaws disposed of the Manitoba Mountain Kings in the other.