Slave Lake’s U18 1 team (getting in practice for next year when the name ‘Midget’ is dumped) and Camrose have seen the last of each other for this season, and that’s probably a good thing. From what we hear, there were some dirty tactics going on when the teams met on Nov. 24 and they carried over into this past Saturday’s game in Slave Lake. The result; two game misconducts, so the Thunder were down two players for Sunday’s contest against Westaskiwin.
This was not a good thing. Camrose is a cellar-dweller in Tier II; Wetaskiwin is near the top of that division.
But to the scoring. The Thunder were all over Camrose in the first period and scored three times, courtesy of Aiden Blocka, Jacob Plouffe and William Chemago. Second-period goals by Hunter Mouallem and Ethan Syslak made it a 5 – 0 game. Kayle Dierker finished off the scoring in the third for a 6 – 1 Slave Lake victory.
Slave Lake piled up 70 minutes in penalties – 35 more than Camrose. Brady Courtorielle saw only 17 shots on a quiet night in his end of the rink.
On Sunday, the Thunder looked to have things pretty well in hand. But up 3 – 0 they got into penalty trouble and the Ice Kings were more than capable of taking advantage of it. They made it 3 – 2. A nifty play by Tanner Mouallem got the Thunder a two-goal lead. With his team shorthanded, he followed a Wetaskiwin player into the Wetaskiwin end, stole the puck off him in the corner, came out and roofed it past a surprised goalie.
Otherwise, though, the Ice Kings’ netminder was very good. The score ended up 4 – 4. The details were not available at press time, thanks to a Monday morning Internet failure at The Leader.