Yale wins John Reid tournament

Bantam Lions win prestigious Alberta hockey tournament

The Bantam Yale Lions are John Reid Memorial hockey tournament champions.

Yale clinched its first-ever win at the St. Albert-based tournament with a 4-1 victory over the Delta Hockey Academy Wild on Sunday, capping off a perfect run for the Lions, with six wins and zero losses over the four days of action.

The Lions kicked off the tournament with a 5-0 win over the Calgary Bisons on Jan. 14. Alex Rolfe got the shutout, stopping 16 saves. Yale then edged the Winnipeg Monarchs 5-4 on Jan. 15, with Carter Anderson scoring the game-winning goal for the Lions. Later that day, Yale blanked the Lethbridge Golden Hawks 4-0, and Blake Wood earned the shutout.

The team’s winning ways continued on Saturday, with a 4-3 win over the Pursuit of Excellence and a 6-2 win over the Sherwood Park Flyers. Lions player Carter Anderson was named most valuable player in Sunday’s gold medal 4-1 win over Delta.