An almost jam-packed house showed up to watch the Slave Lake Midget Thunder play Edson on Friday night. The large turnout had a lot to do with the recent tragic passing of former Thunder captain Tyler Emes, whose memorial service was held earlier in the day.
Dominic Wapahoo started off the scoring eight minutes into the first, but Edson quickly tied it and then went up by one. Owen Pearson scored to tie it early in the second and again Edson answered quickly and then went ahead 4 – 2. Goals by Dylan Neilson and Wapahoo tied the score at four after two periods.
“There were a lot of things going on that day other than the game,” says head coach Richard Chemago. “ Emotions were running very high at the start, and I felt our first 10 minutes we played our best team game.”
“Even though we played most of the third in the Edson end, we couldn’t seem to put one past their goalie,” Chemago says. Pulled our goalie with a little over a minute left, and still couldn’t score, losing for only the second time this year, 5 – 4.”
The Midgets are off this weekend, resuming play on Dec. 9 in Athabasca.
The Bantam Thunder put on a good show Saturday afternoon, defeating visiting Athabasca 5 – 1. The scoring was well spread out, with five different players getting the goals and team captain Jacob Hartman leading the point parade with three assists.
Scoring the goals were Kyle Campbell, Ethan Baril, Kayle Dierker, Reed Beauchamp and Lou Davis-Giroux. Brennan Jack had a pair of assists.
Brady Courtorielle had a solid game between the pipes for the Thunder. Shots were not recorded.
The Slave Lake Kodiaks also saw action on the weekend, hosting Hythe on Saturday evening. The Kodiaks also started their game with a moment of silence for Tyler Emes. Then they went out and took care of business, beating the Colts 9 – 4.
Tied at two after one period, the Kodiaks broke out in the second with four goals and added three more in the third for the win.
Scoring for Slave Lake were Paige Foster and Ashley Griffith in the first. In the second, Ally Strickland scored twice, with singles from Melanie Herbert and Kristen Malone. Griffith, Herbert and Malone scored the third period goals. The winning goalie was Megan Melnyczuk.
The Kodiaks’ play in Fort St. John and Taylor B.C. this weekend. Their next home games are Jan. 6 and 7
The Pee Wee 1 Thunder battled with Camrose on Saturday, coming up on the short end of a 2 – 1 score.
“We just ran out of gas in the third period,” says assistant coach Bumpy Churchill. “But the star of the game was Damien Vyse our goalie. He was a beast in net for this game only letting 2 of 39 shots in.”
Slave Lake’s goal was scored by Kolby Courtorielle, assisted by Cole de Champlain.