Le­gion­naires miss play­offs at Mac’s Tour­na­ment

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The Swift Cur­rent Home Hard­ware Le­gion­naires nar­rowly missed the play­offs for a sec­ond straight year at the Mac’s AAA Midget Hockey World In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment over the hol­i­day break.

The Le­gion­naires fin­ished with one win, one loss, and two ties to place third in their five-team robin group. They were edged out in their fi­nal game on Sun­day to miss the play­offs.

The Le­gion­naires tied their open­ing game 3-3 against the Leth­bridge Hur­ri­canes on Box­ing Day to open the 25-team event. Joe Arntsen, Chris­tian Al­bert­son, and Bos­ton Bird all scored for the Le­gion­naires.

Maguire Scheidt, Lo­gan Lin­klater, 306-778-0668 Reed Ja­cob­son, and Ma­son Strutt added as­sists. Ethan Hein made 21 saves on 24 shots.

The Le­gion­naires were un­beaten af­ter two games at the Mac’s af­ter a 10-1 win over the Bramp­ton 45’s on Thurs­day.

The Le­gion­naires scored 10 goals on 31 shots and fin­ished six-for-nine on the power play. Ja­cob­son notched a hat trick, Strutt reg­is­tered two goals and one as­sist, and Hen­drik de Klerk added a goal and two as­sists.

Kersey Re­ich, Hunter Larocque, and Al­bert­son all added a goal and an as­sist. Arntsen, Lu­cas Ochitwa, Ri­ley Dekowny, and Jaxon Martens added two as­sists apiece. Rhett Ev­jen also scored, while Kalan Lind, Bird, and Blake Ras­mu­son all added sin­gle helpers. Ja­cob Her­man earned the win with 15 saves on 16 shots.

They tied the Cal­gary Flames 2-2 on Fri­day to move to 1-0-2 in the round robin. Ja­cob­son and Ras­mu­son scored for the Le­gion­naires. Bird, Arntsen, Martens, and Re­ich all added as­sists. Hein made 29 saves as the Le­gion­naires were out­shot 31-19.

Sun­day, need­ing a win to ad­vance to the quar­ter-fi­nals, the Le­gion­naires lost 3-2 to the Cari­bou Cougars. Re­ich and Strutt scored in the loss.

The Le­gion­naires were awarded the Team Sportsmanship Award and rookie de­fense­man Joe Arntsen was named to the Sec­ond All-star Team.

The Le­gion­naires are cur­rently third in the 12-team Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League with a 19-7-1-0 record. They will re­sume their league sched­ule on Jan. 8 when they visit the sixth-place Notre Dame Hounds (13-8-2-1).

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