Home was not a charm for the Slave Lake Midget 1 Thunder on Saturday against Drayton Valley. Perhaps it was just ‘one of those games,’ as the saying goes.
Though they out-shot the visitors by a slight margin, the Thunder lost 6 – 2. Leading 2 – 1 about halfway through the game, the Thunder then surrendered five straight for one of their worst losses of the season. In so doing they fell a bit further out of second place in their Tier I league.
Drayton scored first, on a deflected point shot during a powerplay a minute-and-a-half in. They’d had the Thunder pinned in their own end for most of the first minute or so and the penalty made it even worse of a start. But the local boys bounced back, with Hunter Mouallem stuffing it in on the short side after a nice feed from Kyle Campbell. That seemed to give new legs to the home squad and they ended up out-shooting Drayton 11 – 5 in the period.
Jacob Plouffe made it 2 – 1 in the second, but the momentum shifted a couple of minutes later and didn’t shift back.
This Friday the Thunder play in Athabasca. Saturday they are back home for their final regular season game, against Vegreville.
The Midget 2 Thunder beat Barrhead 4 – 3 on Friday night.
After falling behind 2 – 0 in the first, the Thunder came back to score four straight, starting near the end of the second period. Logan Bigstone got it started. In the third, Myles Noskiye, Bigstone again and Malakie Muskwa scored to give the home team a 4 – 2 lead. Barrhead got a late one to make it a 4 – 3 game. Jack Albrecht faced 27 shots in the Slave Lake net.
The Thunder host Hinton this Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
The Bantam 1 Thunder beat Athabasca 6 – 0 on Sunday; details were not available by press time. Not even the score was known of their Saturday game in Ponoka.
The Bantam 2 thunder lost 4 – 3 to Leduc on Friday. Slave Lake led 2 – 0 in the first on goals by Colbie Payne and Ethan Brideau. Leduc answered with two. Landen Horsley put Slave Lake back in the lead in the second and again, Leduc tied it. Leduc got the winner on the powerplay.
The Novice 2 Thunder lost a close one to Whitecourt on Saturday – 7 – 6. After giving up a shorthanded goal early, the Thunder roared back with three straight to lead 3 – 1 after one period. Scoring the Slave Lake goals were Wyatt Wentworth with two and Jake Courtorielle, assisted by Kale Turcotte.
The Thunder went up 4 – 1 early in the second when Payton Tompkins scored, set up by Courtorielle. Carter Donaldson scored later in the period, but the comeback started with a couple of Whitecourt goals.
Eric Martin scored Slave Lake’s sixth goal in the third and that was as good as it got for the visitors. Whitecourt finished things off with four straight for the win.