Anyone who watched the early part of Sunday’s Midget game between the Slave Lake Thunder and Hinton would not have bet money against the visitors. They were bigger, appeared better organized, put up more shots and scored first.
But by golly, the Slave Lake boys got the job done somehow. They got a lucky goal to tie it in the first, then three more in the second to take a 4 – 1 lead and hung on the rest of the way. Chase Nehring faced 46 shots in net and hung in there to give his team a chance to win.
The Thunder looked pretty sloppy in the first period, giving the puck away enough to turn any coach prematurely grey – but it only cost them one goal. Then Nick Carpenter let a long-distance wrist shot go from the right side that had no business finding the back of the net – except it did.
In the second, Carpenter, Jace Stephenson and Dominic Wapahoo got the Slave Lake goals. Ethan Syslak scored for the Thunder in the third.
Shots on goal ended up 46 – 27 for Hinton.
On Saturday the Thunder won 7 – 4 in Wabasca. No details on that game were available by press time.
This coming Saturday the Thunder play in Whitecourt.
Slave Lake’s Bantam Thunder team played in Edson Saturday, winning 11 – 1 against Edson’s #2 team. Kyle Campbell and Kayle Dierker each scored hat tricks for Slave Lake. Jacob Hartman scored two and getting singles were Brennan Jack, Lou Davis-Giroux and Ethan Baril.
Brady Courtorielle and Jackson Morissette shared goaltending duties for Slave Lake, seeing a total of 14 shots. Slave Lake fired 67 shots on the Edson goal. This Friday at 8:00 p.m. the Bantams host Wabasca.
Slave Lake’s Tier I Pee Wee team had a couple of close games on the weekend, winning one and losing one. They dropped a 5 – 3 decision to Fort Saskatchewan on Saturday, then bounced back with a 4 – 3 win over Edson on Sunday.
Scoring for Slave Lake in the first game were Cole de Champlain, Cohen Foster and Kaleb van Hoek. Goalie Damien Vyse faced 24 shots in the Slave Lake net – the same as his counterpart at the other end of the ice.
Sunday’s game was even closer, with Slave Lake gaining an advantage in a stretch of the second and third periods when they scored three straight. Thunder goal-scorers were Reed Churchill, van Hoek, Foster and Churchill again with the winner. Shots were 31 – 27 in favour of the Thunder.
This Sunday the Pee Wees play the CR Knights at the Riviere Qui Barre arena.
Meanwhile, Slave Lake’s Atom #1 team beat Athabasca 12 – 2 on Saturday. Damian Hill led the way with four goals. Right behind him were Jonas Lillo with three and Liam Dierker and Jacob Derksen with a pair apiece. Adrian Mercer also scored for Slave Lake.
The next game for the Atoms is Nov. 25 in Stony Plain.
Midget Thunder goalie Chase Nehring braces for a shot off the face-off Sunday against Hinton.