Your Midget 1 Thunder have been busy in the past week or so, with four games scheduled over the span of five days.
It started last Wednesday with a make-up game in Athabasca. Game details were not available by press time, but word from sources close to the team say the Thunder out-shot Athabasca by a gigantic margin and won 3 – 0.
On Friday High Prairie Midgets were in town for the first of a two-game, total-goal provincial playdown series. It was a shut-out for Chase Nehring, as the Thunder won 2 – 0. Game 2 in the series is expected to be on Feb. 15.
On Saturday night Vegreville visited for the Thunder’s final regular-season home game. Slave Lake dominated early, scoring three times and kept the visitors pinned in their own end for much of the time. The final score was 8 – 3 for Slave Lake.
“We got a lot of bounces that went our way, unlike against High Prairie,” says head coach Richard Chemago. “Boys worked well as a team, and we buckled down after Veg was trying to mount a comeback. After their third goal we played more responsibly and there (were) really no more chances for them after that.”
Sunday was to be a long road trip in frigid conditions to play in Wetaskiwin. But it was called off. So were several other games, including one home game for each of the Bantam teams on Sunday.
The Midget 1 Thunder finish off their regular season on the Family Day weekend with games in Fort Sask. on Sunday the 17th and Devon on the 18th.
The female Bantam/Midget Thunder, undeterred by the deep freeze, traveled to B.C. for a couple of games on the weekend. On Saturday in Fort St. John they beat the host team 7 – 4. Sunday’s score from Chetwynd was 6 – 5 for the home team.
Judging by the game summary on the league website Kennedy Hartman of the Thunder was pretty much everywhere, all the time in Saturday’s win. She scored six of her team’s goals and assisted on the other one, scored by Hillary Ritchie. Kimberly Courtorielle was the winning goalie.
The Thunder took only six skaters on the road trip.
The Atom 2 Thunder had a good game on Sunday morning, shutting out Barrhead by a 5 – 0 score. Evander Pawliw scored twice; getting singles were Dawson Taylor, Maddison Green and Arnold Broadfoot. Nathan Boucher got the shutout.