Midget, Pee Wee Thunder teams in shut-down mode

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

We don’t want to jinx anything, but….

Never mind, it’s too risky. But Slave Lake’s Midget 1 Thunder rolled over a couple more teams on the weekend. On Saturday, they shut out Vegreville 6 – 0 and hosting Athabasca on Sunday, they were leading 6 – 0 after the first period.

Saturday’s game was played largely in the Vegreville end of the rink. Slave Lake had 42 shots on goal to the visitors’ 18. Scoring for the Thunder were Jacob Plouffe with a couple, William Chemago, Kayle Dierker, Jacob Hartman and Aiden Blocka. Getting the shutout was Chase Nehring.

This weekend the Thunder host CNN, Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Pee Wee
The Pee Wee 1 Thunder are giving the Midgets a run for their money as the best team in Slave Lake minor hockey this season. Back from the Christmas break the Thunder showed no signs of rust in 9 – 3 and 10 – 3 wins over Barrhead and Bruderheim.

In Saturday’s game, Liam Dierker had a big game, with two goals and three assists for five points. Damian Hill scored a hat trick. Cayden Tanghe scored a couple, with Jace Broadhead and Koltin Davis adding singles. Jerzie Green got the win in net, stopping 18 shots.

On Sunday, Bruderheim came to town and ran into a first-period freight train. Slave Lake scored seven times unanswered. Then they relaxed in the second and Bruderheim scored three straight to make the game a bit more interesting.

Doing the scoring for Slave Lake were Adrian Mercer, Carson Maitland, Dierker, Hill and Davis. Handling goaltending duties was Grady Beauchamp.

This weekend the team travels to Fort McMurray for a pair of games.

Slave Lake’s Atom 3 Thunder tangled with Fox Creek on Saturday, coming up with an 8 – 4 victory. Drake Conrad scored three times for the Thunder in the win. Also scoring for Slave Lake were Jorgia Green, Dominic Baxter, Alexander Cardinal and Chase Sutton. Blake Broad got the win in net.

Pee Wee 2
On Sunday in Leduc, the Pee Wee 2 Thunder got a 10 – 5 victory. Evander Pawliw had the hot stick, scoring four times for Slave Lake. Jayce Beaulac was almost as prolific, scoring a hat trick. Arnold Broadfoot, Kayel Blize and Braiden Giroux-Twin also scored. Nathan Boucher was the winning goalie.

Atom
The Atom 1 Thunder played in Fort Saskatchewan on Saturday, losing 7 – 4. The Thunder got off to a great start and led 3 – 1 after one period. But the host team came on strong in the second and third. Shots were roughly even. Slave Lake goalscorers were Kale Whitney with two, Grayson Conrad and Dawson Taylor.

The Atom 2 Thunder beat Athabasca 7 – 6 on Sunday, in dramatic fashion. Trailing 6 – 5 with three minutes left, the Thunder got a shorthanded goal from Wyatt Wentworth to tie it. Then (drum roll, please), Rhett Broadhead got the powerplay winner, with nine seconds left on the clock. Dayton Seppola was the winner in net.

Slave Lake Novice 2 Thunder in action from Saturday vs. Wabasca.

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