Slave Lake’s Midget 1 boys’ hockey team finished its tiering schedule on Saturday with a shellacking of the visiting Wabasca Eagles. The teams likely won’t be seeing much of each other in the regular season.
The Eagles were game, but couldn’t match the puck control of the Thunder; plus, their goaltender didn’t have a great night, allowing 16 goals on 60 shots. On the other end, Brady Courtorielle allowed five goals on just 19 shots. One of those was a snipe by Darin Alook on a partial breakaway, high and off the far post. That made it a 2 – 1 game and it looked like the Eagles might survive a shaky start. But Slave Lake wasted little time in answering, and kept pouring it on.
Rookie defenceman Jacob Hartman surprised everybody in the building (maybe himself too) when his 60-foot wrister from the left point sailed in off the post past Wabasca goalie Ronson Gladue. Hartman scored two on the night. The other two Jacobs on the team also got in on the act; defenceman Sholtz got one and forward Plouffe scored a hat trick.
Other goal-scorers were Owen Pearson (3), Dominique Wapahoo (2), Matthew LaFrance, Tyrell Barore (2) and Hunter Mouallem (2).
The Thunder finish their pre-season with four wins and a loss, having scored 37 and allowed 17.
Head coach Richard Chemago – noted for disliking blowout wins – says he’s not pleased with mistakes that led to goals against.
“Three shorthanded goals is proof we left Brady out to dry,” he says.
Chemago says he was pleased, however, with the hustle of LaFrance and Mouallem. “Winning races to the puck and being persistent on the puck all night long.”
The regular season schedule had not been released by press time.
The Bantam 1 Thunder were in action in Swan Hills in Saturday and – like their Midget counterparts – also put up 60 shots on goal. They won the game by an 11 – 4 score.
Tanner Churchill got three for the Thunder, as did Nathan Hartman. Other Slave Lake goalscorers were Cohen Foster, Mitchell Laboucan, Christian Giroux (2) and Carter Warman.
In the Slave Lake net, Jackson Morissette faced 22 shots.
The Bantams have had an up and down pre-season, winning big and losing big. They finished it off in Wabasca on Sunday with a 6 – 5 win.
Pee Wee 1
The Pee Wee 1 Thunder played Edson on Saturday, winning 10 – 4. All five of the team’s games in the month of October have been big wins – six goals being the smallest margin.
In Saturday’s victory, Colby Courtorielle and Kaleb van Hoek were flying, scoring three times apiece. Other Slave Lake scorers were Liam Dierker, Hayden McClure, Damian Hill and Blake Bellerose. Salah Baalbaki faced 25 shots in the Slave Lake net.
Darin Alook of the Wabasca Eagles winds up for a shot on a partial breakaway, against Midget 1 Thunder goalie Brady Coutorielle.
Pee Wees vs. Edson