League playoffs should begin this weekend for the Slave Lake Midget Thunder hockey team. The Thunder capped a pretty successful regular season on Feb. 24 and 24 with a loss to Redwater and a win over Wabasca. They ended up in second place in the Northern Alberta Interlock Northwest Midget Tier III League, three points behind Jasper and five ahead of Hinton.
The result Saturday against Redwater could have been better; the Thunder put up 43 shots on goal, to Redwater’s 29 on Chase Nehring. But the visitors ended up winning 9 – 8.
Dominic Wapahoo made sure nobody was going to catch him for the team scoring lead, scoring three times in the loss. William Chemago scored twice and Tyrell Barore, Nicholas Carpenter and Owen Pearson once each.
In Sunday’s game, visiting Wabasca fired off four straight goals to open the game, before Slave Lake woke up and starting firing back. Once they’d started, they couldn’t stop, scoring seven straight to win going away. Carpenter got the hat trick, with Wapahoo netting a pair in the 7 – 4 victory. Ethan Syslak and Chemago were the other Slave Lake goal scorers.
Ronson Gladue faced 59 shots in the Wabasca net, with Nehring seeing 24 for Slave Lake.
Bantams finish first
Slave Lake’s Bantam team also concluded its regular season on the weekend, with three games. On Friday they beat Whitecourt 8 – 2, on Saturday they won 11 – 3 over Edson and on Sunday in Whitecourt they tied 3 – 3.
The five points were enough to put the Thunder on top of their league, four points clear of Whitecourt in the Tier III standings. Playoff matchups were not known by press time.