Hockey back in full swing: Midgets win big at home

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

It seemed like ages since the Slave Lake Midget Thunder had played a game, but they showed little rust in a 9 – 1 victory over Whitecourt on Saturday night. The last time they played Slave Lake eked out a one-goal win over the Wolverines, but it turned out quite differently this time around.
Not that the Thunder had a great edge in play. Shots were 60 apiece, suggesting a wide-open affair with lots of powerplay time on both sides. But Slave Lake scored on theirs and Whitecourt had a hard time with Thunder goalie Chase Nehring.
“Chase was focused, challenging Whitecourt shooters and making some key saves,” says head coach Richard Chemago. “Our penalty kill was working well and we scored four power play goals.”
Two of those came in the first period, from Cody Fillion and Tyrell Barore. In the second, William Chemago (two), Dominic Wapahoo, Logan Bigstone and Ethan Syslak scored. Finishing it off in the third were Keenan Der and Wapahoo with his second.
“They didn’t put a lot of pressure on us,” says Chemago. “I expected more.”
Sunday in Edson the Thunder got off to a slow start. They scored first, but quickly found themselves down 4 – 1 to the host team.
Chemago says after he called a time out the team started playing better and “chewing away” at the Edson lead. Eventually they went in front and stayed there, winning 9 – 7.
“We made some beautiful passing plays and proved that when we use each other we can definitely score. Now to work on some defence.”
The Thunder are in action this weekend on Friday in Onoway and back home Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. against the CR Knights.
Other hockey
In other local hockey news, the senior Kodiaks lost a league game 9 – 7 to Sturgeon Lake on Saturday. The teams played another game Sunday morning, but it was an exhibition contest. Sturgeon won that one too.
On Sunday, Slave Lake’s Atom1 team walloped visiting Wabasca 16 – 1. Jacob Derksen scored a double hat trick in the game, with Damian Hill getting three, Carson Maitland and Liam Dierker two apiece and Adrian Mercer, Cayden Tanghe and Koltin Davis scoring one each. Jerzie Green saw only 10 shots in the Slave Lake net.
This Saturday and Sunday the Atoms host Westlock and Barrhead.
The Slave Lake Bantams were not in action on the weekend. The Bantams, after nearly a month off, will host Barrhead at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday.
The Pee Wees host Stony Plain and Leduc Saturday and Sunday, games at 4:45 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Dominic Wapahoo of the Slave Lake Midget Thunder (right), somehow manages to feed a pass across the crease to his teammate Nathan Fillion for the first goal of the game Saturday against Whitecourt. Slave Lake went on to score eight more in a 9 – 1 victory.

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