Midgets stay alive, and other hockey developments

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake’s top minor hockey team accomplished on Sunday what no other team in the league had been able to do all season: beat Barrhead.

Because they did, the league final best-of-three series continues for one more game.

The big 5 – 3 win came after a 3 – 2 loss in overtime Friday night in Barrhead. Playing in front of a packed house (in the back arena), the Thunder finally got that bit of luck that sometimes come after a lot of hard work. Although outshot badly in the second period, they actually scored three times on seven shots, to build a 4 – 2 lead. An early third-period goal by William Chemago took the wind right out of the Barrhead sails. Other Slave Lake scorers were Liam Dickson with three and Owen Pearson. Chase Nehring stopped 37 shots for the win.

“We were able to score when we had the chance,” says head coach Richard Chemago. “They (the Thunder) were flying. All three lines were going.”

One indication of how determined the players were: on one shift, “I think we blocked 10 shots,” Chemago says.

Pee Wees roll on
The Pee Wee 1 Thunder rolled over Fort Saskatchewan in one game. Thanks to the 10-goal rule, the second game of their two-game, total-goal series wasn’t played. The score in Ft. Sask. Saturday was 13 – 3.

Jacob Derksen and Colby Courtorielle both scored hat tricks in the win.
It wasn’t clear by press time who the next opponent would be.

Other hockey news; the Midget 2 team lost a close one to Devon, by one goal in the two-game series.

The Bantam 2 Thunder beat Leduc 8 – 3 on Sunday, in a round-robin type of playoff format. They had lost their previous three games.

The Pee Wee 2 Thunder advanced in the playoffs by beating Tofield twice on the weekend – 4 – 0 Saturday and 3 – 1 in Tofield on Sunday.

The Atom 1 Thunder bowed out of the playoffs after a 7 – 2 loss to Thorsby on Saturday. The Atom 2 Thunder beat Lamont by one goal in their first game, but lost by six in the second, putting them out of the tournament.

The Novice 1 Thunder lost to Tofield 5 – 2 on Sunday, but having won 5 – 1 the day before, win the series 7 – 6. The Novice

Midget 1 Thunder goalie Chase Nehring reacts to a Barrhead shooter in Sunday’s playoff game in Slave Lake. The puck went right into his catching glove.
A Tofield shooter scores over the shoulder of Slave Lake Novice 1 goalie Isaiah Brown in a playoff game Saturday. Slave Lake won the game 5 – 1.
ld won the game 5 – 1.

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