Midget Thunder win one, tie one in extra-tier play

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake’s Midget boys’ hockey team stepped out of their league for a game Friday night against Onoway and did just fine. They won the game 8 – 3, overcoming a shaky start and running away with it in the third period.
The game, “was closer than the score indicated,” says head coach Richard Chemago, adding that “we were lucky to be up one,” after two periods.
The team played better defensively in the third and kept widening the gap.
Onoway scored the game’s first two goals, but Slave Lake fought back with three to lead 3 – 2 after one period. Dominic Wapahoo, Nicholas Carpenter and Dylan Neilson were the Slave Lake goalscorers.
The teams swapped goals in the second; William Chemago scored for the Thunder.
Carpenter got two more in the third for the hat trick. Chemago and Wapahoo each scored their second of the game. Slave Lake out-shot Onoway by 56 – 43.
On Saturday the Thunder hosted the CR Knights, another team from a different tier in the Northern Alberta Interlock League. This one ended in a 2 – 2 tie. Coach Chemago says the Knights were a harder-hitting team than the Thunder are used to seeing, and “it’s good that the kids get exposed to that type of game.”
Scoring for Slave Lake were Ethan Syslak and Keenan Der. In net, Chase Nehring stopped 30 of 32 shots.
Up next for the Thunder is a game this Friday night in Athabasca.
Girls in B.C.
The Bantam/Midget Female Thunder were in Chetwynd B.C. on the weekend for two games. They lost 7 – 0 on Saturday but did much better in the second game, losing 5 – 4. Kennedy Hartman scored three for the Thunder and Amy Halbert got the other. Chetwynd is in town this Friday and Saturday for a return engagement.
Pee Wee 1
Slave Lake’s Pee Wee 1 team was in action on the weekend, beating Stony Plain 3 – 1 and losing 7 – 1 to Leduc. Scoring for the Thunder in the win were Kolby Courtorielle, Kaleb Van Hoek and Tanner Churchill. Hayden McClure scored Slave Lake’s only goal in Sunday’s loss.
Atoms tie
Slave Lake’s Atom 1 Thunder, meanwhile, battled to a 4 – 4 tie with visiting Westlock on Saturday. The Thunder started strong, then fell behind and managed to get the tying goal with just three seconds left on the clock!
Damian Hill started the scoring early in the first period, assisted by Adrian Mercer.
In the second period, Liam Dierker put Slave Lake up 2 – 0 on the powerplay, from Jacob Derksen. After Westlock narrowed the lead to one, Derksen scored unassisted to make it 3 – 1. But Westlock pulled back to within one before the end of the period.
In the third, Westlock scored two straight to lead 4 – 3. It was looking as if it would end that way, but Jonas Lillo managed to put one in at the last second.
Jerzie Green faced 26 shots in the Slave Lake net.

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