Slave Lake’s Midget boys’ hockey team is in Tier III of their league for a reason, and that reason was hammered home on Friday in a game against one of the better teams in the Tier II league. Playing in Westlock, the Thunder got blown out 12 – 0.
That didn’t help their confidence going into Saturday’s provincial playdown game at home against Sexsmith. The score there was 7 – 2 for the visitors.
The result against Westlock could have been better. It didn’t help that the Thunder were missing a few key players, but they did muster a respectable 32 shots on the Westlock net. Chase Nehring faced 54 from the Westlock shooters.
In Saturday’s contest, based on the shots, the play was even more lopsided. But two goals for Slave Lake, scored by Nick Carpenter and Ethan Syslak. Shots were 41 – 10 for Sexsmith.
Speaking of both games, head coach Richard Chemago says the team was “not ready to pull up our sleeves and get dirty; we were out-worked. Both Westlock and Sexsmith exposed us defensively, and we will be giving that our attention this week.”
Looking forward to the rematch with Sexsmith this weekend, “we know we can do better,” Chemago says.
The next league game for the Thunder is on Monday, Feb. 19, in Edson.
Slave Lake’s Pee Wee 1 team had a solid weekend, tying Athabasca 4 – 4 on Saturday, then traveling to Edson for a 3 – 1 victory. Scoring for the Thunder in Saturday’s contest were Cohen Foster, Kaleb Vanhoek, Reed Churchill and Skylar Hill. According to the game summary, the Thunder got away with one, because they were out-shot 39 – 17 by the top team in the league.
In Sunday’s game the Pee Wees took a two-goal first-period lead and held onto it. Cole de Champlain, Kristopher Courtorielle and Tanner Churchill were the Slave Lake goalscorers. Damien Vyse saw 18 shots in the Slave Lake net.