There’s always the risk of a team getting too much praise in the press and getting lulled into complacency by all the nice things said about them.
However…. Slave Lake’s Midget 1 Thunder do look pretty good. They won big twice on the road this past weekend and come into a two-game home-stand with an unblemished record so far this season.
Saturday in Drayton Valley they won 13 – 5. Sunday in Camrose the score was 8 – 3 for the visitors.
It should be noted that those two teams are in the cellar of Tier II. Tougher games are no doubt ahead against teams such as Battle River and Wetaskiwin. In fact Wetaskiwin is here this Sunday, Dec. 1, at 2:45 p.m.
But to the weekend games. Nick Carpenter had it going against Drayton, scoring four times. Other goal-scorers for the Thunder were fellows with the familiar surnames Mouallem, Blocka, Plouffe, Kuhn, Syslak and Campbell. Brady Courtorielle saw only 16 shots in the Slave Lake net.
Sunday’s opponent was tougher, says coach Chemago, and with a better goalie. Slave Lake broke it open in the second, scoring four times. Ethan Syslak had a strong game, scoring a hat trick. According to the coach, he “had a beautiful backhand into the top corner to take the wind out of Camrose’s sails on thoughts of a comeback.”
Jacob Plouffe had a couple of goals and three points. Courtorielle was again the goalie and again saw only 16 shots.
This Saturday’s home game vs. Camrose goes at 7:00 p.m.
In other minor hockey news, the Midget 2 team lost 6 – 0 to CR Midget on Saturday. Slave Lake’s Bantam Thunder did better, beating Redwater 5 – 4 on Saturday and Thorsby 9 – 2 on Sunday. Hayden McClure continued his torrid scoring pace for the Thunder, getting three in Saturday’s win and three more Sunday.
The Slave Lake Pee Wee 1 Thunder had a successful trip to Hinton and Edson, winning 11 – 6 in Hinton and 9 – 0 in Edson on Sunday.
The Pee Wee 2 Thunder lost 12 – 7 in Onoway Saturday and lost 10 – 4 to Fort Saskatchewan at home on Sunday.