Midgets continue to roll; beat Athabasca and Westlock

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake’s Midget 1 Thunder racked up 16 goals in two wins this past weekend. One was an 11 – 0 blowout of Athabasca; Saturday’s game was 5 – 4 over Westlock.

Both those teams are near the bottom of the Tier II standings in the Northern Alberta Interlock league. Slave Lake is second to Barrhead in the top tier. There should be some interesting battles coming up when the top teams in Tier II come to town. CNN is undefeated in that group as of the latest standings.

But getting back to the two wins, the Thunder had little trouble on Friday night with Athabasca. Five players ended up with two goals – Ethan Wedmid, Dominique Wapahoo, Jacob Plouffe, Liam Dickson and Jacob Hartman. Nick Carpenter scored as well. Shots on goal were not reported; nor were the starting goalies.

On Saturday in Westlock, the home team put up a good fight, coming back after a bad start to make it interesting. It was 3 – 0 for Slave Lake after one period and 5 – 2 after two. Westlock scored twice on the powerplay and once shorthanded.

Brady Courtorielle in the Slave Lake net saw 37 shots. His teammates put 40 on net at the other end.
Scoring for the Thunder were Plouffe with two, Hunter Mouallem, Wapahoo and Dickson.

This weekend the Midgets are home to Camrose at 7:00 p.m. and travel to Drayton Valley for a game on Sunday.

Kodiaks win big
The Slave Lake Kodiaks hosted a depleted Peace River Sharks team Saturday and walked all over them in a 16 – 1 victory. The big news of the day, according to our contact with the team was the debut of Ann Nehring with the Kodiaks. She scored once and got an assist. Ten different team members scored goals. Paige Foster, Sutton Foster and Kristen Malone all scored hat tricks.

This Saturday the Grimshaw Hustlers are in town for a 5:45 p.m. start.

Pee Wees romp
The Pee Wee 1 Thunder had no trouble with Drayton Valley in their Saturday evening game, winning 10 – 3. The score was 2 – 0 after one period and 6 – 0 after two. The visitors finally got something going in the third, scoring three times in the first seven minutes, but the Thunder responded with three straight to close it out.

Hayden McClure held the hot hand for the Thunder, scoring four times – including three in the second period. Other Slave Lake goal-scorers were Liam Dierker (2), Drayder Pearson, Jacob Derksen, Kolby Courtorielle and Damian Hill.

Salah Baalbaki saw 23 shots in the Slave Lake net.

The Pee Wees are on the road this coming weekend, in New Sarepta and Camrose.

Bantam 2
The Bantam 2 Thunder played twice on the weekend, losing 8 – 1 to Swan Hills on Saturday in Swan Hills, and tying Edson 5 – 5 Sunday in Edson. Jacob Laboucan was the only Slave Lake goal-scorer in the Swan Hills game. In Sunday’s game, the Thunder only had nine skaters and did well to come back from a 3 – 1 first-period deficit. Scoring for the Thunder were Colbie Payne, Levi Ridley, Landon Horsley, Jethro Green and Dru Gladue.

Slave Lake Atoms playing Fairview.

The Slave Lake Kodiaks in action against Peace River.

A Pee Wee 1 Thunder player gets in close on the Drayton Valley goalie.

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