Signs positive for Midget 1 Thunder

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

If the Midget 1 Thunder’s pre-season game against Barrhead was any indication of things to come, Slave Lake hockey fans could be in for some entertaining action this season. Fast-paced, hard-hitting, great-goaltending – you name it.

Slave Lake ended up losing 2 – 1, but head coach Richard Chemago is okay with that.

“I want 2 – 1 games where we lose by one or win by one. I want to be in Tier I,” he says.

First-year Midget Brady Courtorielle had a great game in net in the Oct. 6 game, against “a very good team,” Chemago says.

Having two goalies is a big benefit. Chase Nehring has been carrying that ball alone for several years, through Bantam and Midget. Chemago figures he was getting burnt out a bit towards the end of last season. He also believes goalies play better when they alternate.

On the whole, Chemago says “we’re excited” about the prospects for the team.

“It’s a good bunch of young men,” he says.

The team is playing four pre-season games (two this past weekend, against Athbasca and Fort McMurray). Chemago says sometime this week the regular season schedule should be out, with the first games to be played on the Oct. 27/28 weekend.

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