Delaney Ross wins awards at Mac’s Midget AAA event

Meadow Lake’s Delaney Ross, a member of the midget AAA Lloydminster PWM Steelers, was recognized as top female scorer in the annual Mac’s Midget World Invitational hockey tournament held in Calgary, AB Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Here, tournament past chair Byron Stephen presents the award to Ross while Jack Gregory of Tuxedo Source for Sports and Boyd Williams, the director of awards for the tournament, look on.

Meadow Lake’s Delaney Ross, a member of the midget AAA Lloydminster PWM Steelers, was recognized as top female scorer in the annual Mac’s Midget World Invitational hockey tournament held in Calgary, AB Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Here, tournament past chair Byron Stephen presents the award to Ross while Jack Gregory of Tuxedo Source for Sports and Boyd Williams, the director of awards for the tournament, look on.

by Phil Ambroziak

Meadow Lake’s Delaney Ross had a specific goal in mind when the 2013-14 hockey season began this fall – to qualify for the annual Mac’s Midget World Invitational tournament in Calgary, AB. And, during the recent holidays, she was able to realize that dream along with a whole lot more.

Although her team – the Lloydminster PWM Steelers of the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League (AMMFHL) – failed to qualify for the playoff round after finishing second in their pool in round-robin play, Ross was recognized for her individual contributions to the team’s efforts and presented with several honours following the Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 event.

“She won a few awards,” noted Ross’ father, Marty Ross. “She was the tournament’s high scorer, was named to the Mac’s first all-star team and tied with three other girls for having the best plus-minus.”

Ross, a forward, played in four games during the tournament, during which she earned seven goals and six assists for 13 points. Lloydminster won three of those four games while the female division was ultimately won by the Westman Wildcats. Westman defeated the Fraser Valley Phantom in the final at the Scotiabank Saddledome to become the 2013-14 Mac’s Female Champions.
“The experience was unreal,” Delaney Ross said. “This event is probably the biggest tournament of its kind in Canada. It was huge, but was extra special because I received some awards.”

Marty Ross, meanwhile, expressed the pride he has in his daughter for the ongoing success she’s been having in her chosen sport.
“From what I understand, the tournament’s previous top scorer earned around seven points, so she’s nearly doubled that,” he said.
The younger Ross has also been having a memorable season in the AMMFHL. As of press time, she was leading the league in points with 52 – 23 goals and 29 assists – in 22 games played.

“I just want to keep getting more points,” Ross said. “I want our team to be outstanding and to show we deserve to be in the league’s gold medal game.”

As for her future plans, Ross hopes to one day play for Team Canada and possibly play hockey with an NCAA team in the United States.

A point-a-game for Neufeld
Among the many teams to compete in the male division of the Mac’s tournament were the Battlefords Midget AAA Stars, including Meadow Lake player Bryce Neufeld.

The Battlefords squad finished with two wins, one loss and one tie, and fell only one goal short in their final game from advancing to the playoff round. During these games, Neufeld recorded points in all  four games – one goal and three assists. He scored the lone goal for his team on Dec. 26 in a 9-1 loss to Finland. On Dec. 27, against Lloydminster, Neufeld had one assist in his team’s 6-5 victory. On Dec. 29 he again had one assist in an 8-5 win against South Island (British Columbia). In the team’s final contest Dec. 30 against Calgary, Neufeld had one assist in a 5-5 tie.

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