Midgets clobber Athabasca: tougher tests ahead

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

The less said the better, is pretty much head coach Richard Chemago’s comment on the Slave Lake Midget Thunder blowout win over Athabasca on Friday. Teams don’t learn much from easy wins, and may develop bad habits. Much tougher opponents are coming up.
The score was 13 – 2 for Slave Lake. Shots were 53 – 13.
One thing that can be said for the Thunder was the scoring was pretty well spread out. Eight different players scored at least once. Ethan Syslak, Owen Pearson, William Chemago and Nicholas Carpenter each scored a pair. Singles went to Jace Stephenson, Matthew Cardinal, Cody Fillion, Lynele Chalifoux and Tyrell Barore. Chase Nehring picked up his ninth win of the season in net.
The Thunder are at home this Saturday to Whitecourt. Sunday they play in Edson.
Bantams
The Bantam Thunder played in Tofield on Saturday, losing 6 – 2. Nathan Hartman and Ethan Baril were the Slave Lake goal-scorers.
In net, Brady Courtorielle saw 25 shots, stopping 19 of them. His teammates put up 47 shots but could only get two of them past the Tofield netminder.
The Thunder were scheduled to play in Smoky Lake on Sunday, but results were not available by press time. This Friday they host Wabasca, and on Saturday Athabasca is in town for a 12:45 p.m. game.
Female Bantam/Midget
The female Thunder hosted Chetwynd, B.C. for two games – Friday night and Saturday morning. Both ended up one-goal wins for the visitors. On Friday the score was 2 – 1 and on Saturday 4 – 3.
Scoring Slave Lake’s lone goal in the Friday contest was Kailee Beauchamp, shorthanded, in the third period.
Saturday morning Chetwynd came out strong early, scoring three in the first period. Kassidy Dombrosky got one back for the Thunder. Chetwynd went up 4 – 1 after two and Slave Lake made it close with two unanswered in the third period, both by Megan LaFrance.
The girls close out their regular season with games against Fort St. John on Feb. 3 and 4.
Atom
provincials
Slave Lake Atom2 and a team from Loon River met Saturday in the first of a best-of-two, total-goal series for a chance to move on in Atom ‘C’ provincial play. Loon River rode the hot sticks of Hayden Anderson and Marcus Auger to an 11 – 7 win. Scoring four for Slave Lake was Grayson Conrad. Other Slave Lake goal-scorers were Grady Beauchamp, Maddison Green and Evander Pawliw.

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