Slave Lake’s Midget Thunder hockey team launched its regular season in Tier III of the Northern Alberta Interlock League on Saturday, with a home game against Jasper. Jasper got off to a quick start and ended up with a 7 – 4 win.
Head coach Richard Chemago says fitness might have been a factor in the late stages, when the visitors scored three to close it out. On the other hand, “I liked some of the gritty effort our team put in to come back and tie it,” he said.
It’s a big team – 17 skaters – and there’s a lot for them to learn, Chemago says. They’ll do some more of that this weekend when they host Athabasca at 8:00 p.m.
Jasper was good at attacking as a team, Chemago says, and it paid off with a 4 – 1 lead by the mid-way point of the second period. Dominic Wapahoo had scored in the first on the powerplay to tie it, but Jasper got three in a two-minute span in the second. Slave Lake answered with three straight also – by William Chemago, Jared Tripp and Chemago again. That was the good part; then Jasper took over and won.
Bantams double Wabasca
Slave Lake’s Bantam boys team played in Wabasca on Saturday at the Marian Wolitski Arena, beating the hosts by a 9 – 5 score. (The league website says 10 – 5, but only lists nine Slave Lake goals.)
The strange thing about this one was that Slave Lake did all of its scoring first; then Wabasca did all of its scoring; nine straight for the Thunder, followed by five straight for the host team.
Kayle Dierker and Kyle Campbell each scored a hat trick for Slave Lake, who led 6 – 0 after one period and 8 – 0 after two. Other Slave Lake goal-scorers were Reed Beauchamp and Nathan Hartman, with two.
In other local hockey news, Slave Lake’s Pee Wee 1 team eked out a couple of one-goal wins on the weekend – 3 – 2 over Devon and 5 – 4 over Stony Plain. The Pee Wee 2 team played well, but came up short against Edson (5 – 4) and Wabasca (11 – 7). The Slave Lake Atom 1 team beat CNN 7 – 3.