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Aldergrove wins high school hockey championship

Walnut Grove (in green) versus Aldergrove in the district finals at Twin Rinks. Aldergrove won 3-2 in overtime. - Gary Ahuja
Walnut Grove (in green) versus Aldergrove in the district finals at Twin Rinks. Aldergrove won 3-2 in overtime.
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A hat trick from Mike Hamm — including the overtime winner — sent the Aldergrove Totems to a 3-2 victory over the Walnut Grove Gators.

The two senior hockey teams were playing in the championship game of the Langley District finals on May 14 at Twin Rinks.

Aldergrove was ahead 2-0 late in the second period before Walnut Grove finally got on the board.

The Gators then got the lone goal of the third to force overtime before Hamm won it.

"We were held in the game by the incredible goaltending of Mark Balcita," said Walnut Grove coach Tim Stephenson, who was also very complimentary of the Totems netminder, Jordan Naylor.

"Aldergrove played a Grade 8 goalie who was not intimidated by the older players shooting on him and was very calm, very solid in the net for Aldergrove."

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The junior Langley District final featured a pair of teams, both from Walnut Grove.

That championship final was May 15 and also at Twin Rinks.

The Gators' Team 2 beat Team 1 by a 4-1 score.

Baylee Wright had a goal and an assist in the final for the winners while goaltender Nate Lange was great in net, only losing his shutout bid when Ethan Schmorr finished off a two-on-one break with Thomas Pickering.

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