Local players' families confident for Game 7

DAN PALMER -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 4:20 PM ET

 They're down, but not out.

 Edmonton-area families of Calgary Flames players still have faith the squad can win the Stanley Cup in Game 7, despite losing 3-2 in Game 6 last night in Calgary to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  "It's a disappointing loss, but they're going to win the next game no matter what," said Claire Ference, a cousin of Flames' player Andrew Ference.

 "I have faith," said Claire, 22, who watched last night's game with relatives at her Strathcona County acreage, 16 km east of Edmonton.

 "I hope I can see the Cup," said Claire, adding she and Andrew were practically brother and sister while growing up in the Sherwood Park area.

 Scott Sonnenberg, 27, whose brother Martin is on the Calgary squad, watched the game last night in Wetaskiwin, 70 km south of Edmonton and believes they can still win Game 7.

 "Definitely they can. They're better than Tampa. There's more depth on Calgary than Tampa," said Sonnenberg, adding the Flames playoff run is an illustration of how hard work and heart can pay off. "It's a whole team effort."

 Cops were also teaming up in Cowtown.

 The Edmonton Police Service and local RCMP were in Calgary last night, helping their counterparts in Calgary during Stanley Cup fever, said Calgary Police Service Insp. Dan Jahrig.

 Meanwhile, in Camrose, 95 km southeast of Edmonton, Calgary Flames flags are a sizzling commodity.

 Three people on Friday night were victims of heists, after their Calgary Flames flags and a Canadian flag were stolen, said the Camrose Police Service.


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