Hockey action for Slave Lake teams this past weekend included a 3 – 1 victory by the Bantam 1 Thunder in Hinton. Goalies Damien Vyse and Jackson Morissette combined to stop 31 of 32 shots they faced and their teammates took care of business at the other end.
The difference may have been powerplays: Slave Lake scored on two of theirs and Hinton was unable to convert.
The Thunder led 1 – 0 after one period on a Nathan Hartman goal. Hinton answered in the second to tie it, but Hartman put the Thunder up for good on the powerplay with 3:27 left.
Mitchell Laboucan got the insurance marker early in the third, also on the powerplay.
One regular season game remains on the schedule; that’s this Saturday, Feb. 16, at 4:45 p.m. against Calmar.
The Pee Wee 1 team was back in action, hosting and winning two games against Fort McMurray. Saturday’s score was 11 – 1; Sunday’s was 7 – 3.
The team hosts New Sarepta this Friday, then finishes off the regular season with a pair in Leduc on the weekend. Looking at the standings, the Thunder will easily win their Tier I division. Their main competition in playoffs will come from the two leaders of the other division – Fort Saskatchewan and Battle River.
The Bantam 2 Thunder lost a pair of games on the weekend – 3 – 2 to Westlock and 5 – 2 to Swan Hills.
Conal Ferguson got the shutout, stopping 23 shots in the Pee Wee 2 Thunder’s 5 – 0 win over Whitecourt on Sunday.
In the Atom division, Slave Lake 1 Thunder beat Westlock 8 – 4 on Saturday, with Kale Whitney getting the hat trick.
At the Glenn Hall Arena in Stony Plain, the Atom 2 Thunder handed the home team a 9 – 3 defeat. Evander Pawliw had the hot stick, scoring five times.
The Midget/Bantam Female Thunder played in Grande Prairie on the weekend and lost 12 – 2 and 7 – 0.
The Novice 1 Thunder swapped wins with Wabasca on the weekend, losing 7 – 4 at home on Saturday and then winning by the same score in Wabasca on Sunday. Novice 2 Thunder beat Onoway 9 – 5 on Sunday.