Midgets in good shape heading into second half

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

At nine wins and three losses, Slave Lake’s Midget 1 Thunder have to be feeling pretty good about their prospects heading into the 2019 portion of their schedule. At least they know when they play like they are capable of, they can beat just about everybody.

Except maybe Barrhead. Those guys are undefeated and clearly the class of the field.

The Midget’s final two games before Christmas wound up as a loss and a win. In Vegreville on Dec. 21, they were undermanned and possibly not in the best frame of mind after enduring a long bus trip in nasty weather.

“We were down to two lines,” says head coach Richard Chemago. “And penalties killed our momentum.”

Failing to score on a five-on-three didn’t help the momentum either. Shots were even at 33 apiece. Chase Nehring was back in the Slave Lake net after missing a few games and played well, Chemago says, but the Thunder lost 5 – 3. Goalscorers for Slave Lake were Jacob Plouffe with two, and Kyle Campbell.

Back home on Saturday, the Thunder dominated in every way except on the scoreboard. They ended up pulling out a 4 – 3 victory over Battle River.

“We only made two or three mistakes and they scored on two of them,” says Chemago. “Other than that, the puck would have been in their end the whole night.”

That’s reflected in the shots on goal, which were recorded as 48 – 16 in favour of Slave Lake.

The Thunder had a two-goal lead in the third, relaxed a bit near the end and gave up the third goal to make the score a lot closer than it should have been. The Battle River goalie, Chemago says, is probably the best he’s seen in the league this year.

Scoring for Slave Lake in the game were William Chemago, Jacob Hartman, Liam Dickson and Plouffe. Brady Courtorielle got the win in net.

The Thunder played on Dec. 30 in Devon (too late to get in this week’s paper) and host Barrhead on Jan. 5.

The Midget 2 Thunder lost 12 – 0 to first-place Athabasca on Dec. 21.

Slave Lake’s Bantam 2 Thunder lost 9 – 2 to Whitecourt on Dec. 22. Scoring for the Thunder were Dru Gladue, from Quinn Pudlo and Levi Ridley, and Jacob Laboucan, from Landon Horsley. Thomas Horsley faced 33 shots in the Slave Lake net.

The Atom 1 Thunder got a pretty good result when they tied Devon 4 – 4 on Dec. 23. The teams have similar records, but Devon dominated the play, outshooting Slave Lake 47 – 19. However, Thunder goalie Jerzie Green kept his team in it and a third-period outburst earned them the single point.

Slave Lake goalscorers were Kale Whitney, Adrian Mercer (2) and Cayden Tanghe.

Slave Lake Novice 1 Thunder won their final two games of 2018. On Nov. 22 they beat Wabasca 4 – 3. On Sunday back home they got the better of Whitecourt by a 10 – 4 score.

In the game in Wabasca, Nolan Beaupre scored a hat trick, with Colby Churchill getting the other. Isaiah Brown got the win in net, stopping 33 of 36 shots.

In the Dec. 23 game, Beaupre turned it up a couple of notches, scoring six times! Churchill scored three and Maddax Laing got the other one. Brown faced 18 shots in net.

Slave Lake’s Bantam 1 Thunder hosted Maskwacis on Saturday, Dec. 22, and won fairly easily. The final score was 13 – 3.
Novice hockey action from Saturday morning, Dec. 22. One of the Slave Lake teams taking on Athabasca, with Jorgia Green in net for the Thunder.

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