Two big wins for Slave Lake’s Midget 1 team on the weekend. This is new territory for the team, being in the top tier of ‘A’ hockey, but it certainly looks as if they belong there – notwithstanding the 5 – 0 loss to Barrhead the previous weekend.
This time they took care of business on Saturday, beating Fort McMurray 7 – 2. On Sunday they hosted Drayton Valley, winning 9 – 4.
“Total team effort,” says head coach Richard Chemago.
One thing that stood out for the coach was the forwards getting back to help the defence, plus “a lot of blocked shots.”
Scoring details were not available by press time, but in the first game, Dominique Wapahoo set the tone early with a goal 14 seconds in.
“He did the same thing in the third period,” says Chemago. “It kind of took the life out of them.”
Brady Courtorielle got the win in net.
Sunday’s game saw a big, tough Drayton Valley team throwing its weight around, but it didn’t work.
“We outskated them,” says Chemago. “We won almost all the 50/50 battles.”
Jacob Plouffe scored a couple for the Thunder. Hunter Mouallem and William Chemago were among the other scorers. Chase Nehring got the start and victory in net.
This weekend’s schedule was unknown at press time.
Also unknown was the result of the Bantam 1 game played in Wabasca on Sunday.
Pee Wee 1
The Pee Wee 1 Thunder hosted Battle River on Sunday and ended up on the winning side of a hard-fought battle in the back arena. Out-shot for most of the game, the home team managed to make more of their chances, going up 3 – 0 in the first and keeping pace with the visitors the rest of the way to win 7 – 4.
Drayder Pearson got things going in the first, followed by goals by Hayden McClure and Damian Hill. In the second period, Kolby Courtorielle made it a 4 – 0 game with his first of two, but Battle River battled back and scored three straight to make things interesting.
Hill and Jacob Derksen scored to make it a 6 – 3 game after two. Battle River made it 6 – 4 and were pressing in the third, when Courtorielle scored on a backhand shot on a breakaway to close things out.
Salah Baalbaki, in the Slave Lake net, saw 39 shots.
In other minor hockey news, the Slave Lake Bantam 2 team lost 4 – 1 to Whitecourt on Saturday, with Quinn Pudlo getting the only Slave Lake goal. On Sunday they tied Hinton 1 – 1; Colbie Payne got the goal for the Thunder.
The Pee Wee 2 Thunder, meanwhile, nipped Athabasca 3 – 2 on Saturday. Getting the goals for Slave Lake were Cortez Davis, Gerrious Giroux and Luke Graling. Conal Ferguson got the win in net, facing 23 shots.
Slave Lake’s Atom 1 Thunder beat Wabasca 16 – 3 on Sunday in Wabasca. Goalscorers for Slave Lake were Zachary Hartman, Cayden Tanghe, Grayson Conrad, Jayce Beaulac, Jonas Lillo, Kale Whitney, Hudsyn Pearson and Adrian Mercer. Grady Beauchamp was the winning goalie.
Finally, Slave Lake Atom 2 tied Athabasca 4 – 4 on Sunday in Athabasca. Slave Lake led 3 – 1 at one point, then gave up three to trail in the third. Rhett Broadhead got the tying goal. Other Slave Lake goalscorers were Evander Pawliw and Chase Blanchette. Nathan Boucher made 24 saves for Slave Lake.
In there… Pee Wee Kolbie Courtorielle scores on the Battle River goalie.