LeBlanc wins scoring title in final season of minor hockey

Marci LeBlanc found a great way to put the exclamation mark on her scoring title in the Saskatchewan Female Hockey League’s midget AA division.

The Outram hockey product had a hat trick in the South East Aaron Well Servicing midget AA Goldwings 5-2 victory over the Northeast Aces on Sunday at the Harry O Memorial Arena in Midale.

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LeBlanc, who is in her final season of minor hockey, finished with 40 points, seven more than the Aces Kalli Stegemann. She also led the league in goals with 22.

“We have an awesome team this year, great support from everyone. Of course I’ve had awesome coaches the last few years. We all just work really well together. I’m lucky to have a good line that is always there and ready.”

Kendra Kotalyk and Gracie Hillrud were her linemates this season.

“It’s been really fun playing on this team the last few years, because it’s very competitive and it’s very, very fun,” said LeBlanc.

Winning a scoring title in her final year of minor hockey was a special feeling.

But it’s also tough to know that her time in minor hockey is coming to an end.

LeBlanc’s focus is now on the playoffs. The Goldwings were the class of the league this year, finishing with a 22-1-1 record, with their only loss in league play coming to the Aces.

They wound up five points clear of the Saskatoon Comet Legends for first overall, even though the Legends played one more game, and 14 points ahead of the Regina Rebels for top spot in the South Division.

“We started practising together and playing together, and we ended up being strong, and it’s been awesome all year,” she said.

They will get a bye in the first round of the playoffs, and then they will face either the Notre Dame Hounds or the Parkland Fire in the South Division semifinal.

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Khloe Bedore and Jaycee McLellan had the other goals for the Goldwings against the Aces, who led 5-0 at one point in the third period, until the Aces had two quick goals on Kara Zelyck in the final frame.

The day before, the Goldwings defeated the Comet Legends 1-0. McLellan had the only goal of the game, and Zelyck had a shutout to earn the player of the game award.

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