By Craig Campbell, News Staff
If any modern amateur men’s hockey team in Canada has a true Allan Cup pedigree, it’s the Bentley Generals of Alberta.
Not only are they the defending Allan Cup champions, but Bentley has appeared in five of the last six Allan Cup final games. They also won the big prize in 2009. Bentley lost the national championship game to Clarenville Caribous in 2011, Fort St. John of B.C. in 2010, and the Brantford Blast in 2008. With Brantford, Clarenville, Prairie Thunder and Bentley all in Dundas this year, the Allan Cup is thick with rivalries.
In the Alberta-British Columbia Mckenzie Cup last week, Bentley swept Powell River Regals three games to none. The clincher came Saturday with a 6-5 win.
Defenceman Jason Lundmark scored the winning goal and was named player of the game. Lundmark played for the WHL Moose Jaw Warriors, before playing professionally in Germany.
Garrett Watson, a six-foot three-inch 220-pound forward, led Bentley with two goals and three assists for five points in the three-game Mckenzie Cup series. Just 26 years old, Watson had a strong junior career in Alberta and BC, before three seasons at South Alberta Institute of Technology. Craig Weller scored two goals and two assists in the three games. Another big forward, Weller played 95 NHL games with Phoenix and Minnesota from 2006 to 2008. Kyle Bailey contributed three goals and one assist. Bailey played with the WHL Portland Winter Hawks and Lethbridge Hurricanes before five seasons as a top scorer with the University of New Brunswick.
Kyle Sheen, at six-foot two-inches and 225 pounds, had three goals in the three-game sweep. Sheen played six WHL seasons before a professional stint.
Goalies James Reid, 23, and Travis Yonkman, 25, both had strong WHL careers. Reid won 38 and 35 games in back-to-back seasons for the Spokane Chiefs before brief appearances with five different professional teams. Yonkman won 31 and 26 games in back-to-back seasons with the Swift Current Broncos before winning 12 games with University of Alberta and one year playing professionally.