Midgets break through vs. Barrhead

Joe McWilliams
Lakeisde Leader

Last week in this space we were speculating about whether mighty Barrhead would ever be beaten this season in Midget ‘A’ hockey. And, if the Slave Lake Thunder might be the team to do it. They had failed in three previous attempts, but on Saturday they earned a point in a 5 – 5 tie when Barrhead was back in town.

Even better, the Thunder climbed out of a 5 – 2 deficit to do it. The tying goal came off the stick of Nick Carpenter, on the powerplay, with 1:41 remaining.

“Great, fast, hard hockey,” is how head coach Richard Chemago describes it. “All games should be so good.”

Sunday’s game against CNN, for example. It wasn’t nearly as good, as the Thunder lost 4 – 3 in a game where they took too many penalties, Chemago says. Three of CNN’s four were scored on the powerplay.

The weekend’s action started in Westlock on Friday night. It wasn’t a good night for the home team, which lost three players to injury. Slave Lake won 9 – 2.

The three points from three games leave the Thunder in third place in Tier I of the league, slightly behind Drayton Valley. The team plays Barrhead again this Friday in Barrhead. Only two home games remain on the schedule – Jan. 26 against Drayton Valley and Feb. 2 vs. Vegreville.

Goal-mouth scramble – Bantam 1 Thunder vs. CR Knights on Saturday. The Knights won 6 – 5. The Thunder host Edson on Saturday, at 5:30 p.m.

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