So much for the regular season. Slave Lake’s Midget and Pee Wee teams both finished ahead of their Edson counterparts in the standings, but Edson looked way better in weekend playoff games.
First, the Pee Wees knocked off the Slave Lake Pee Wee 1 team in back-to-back games played on Sunday. Then the Edson Midgets, fresh off their semi-final upset of top seed Jasper, came in for a league championship final opener against the local Thunder and pounded them.
Slave Lake had finished the regular season a couple of spots ahead of Edson. But they’d also had their hands full every time they played, with Edson winning two of three. And Edson is apparently getting hot at the right time. And Slave Lake is not.
“They played just like they practiced on Tuesday,” says a displeased head coach Richard Chemago. “Sloppy and uninterested. “They think showing up will do it, and it doesn’t, obviously.”
The score was 10 – 0 for Edson. Game 2 is this Saturday in Edson, with the deciding game back in Slave Lake if necessary.
The Pee Wees lost 5 – 3 in the first game and 6 – 3 in the second. That ended their season as far as the league is concerned, but this Thursday they head up to LaCrete to play in the Pee Wee ‘B’ provincial championships.
Slave Lake’s Bantam Thunder are locked in a tight league final series of their own, going up against Hinton. Hinton took the opener on Friday night, March 16, with a 3 – 2 shoot-out victory. Saturday in Hinton the Thunder battled back to nip the host team 5 – 4. The deciding game is this Sunday, March 25, in Hinton.
The Bantams pulled off the win in Hinton despite being down to nine skaters. One of the missing players was Jacob Hartman, their captain and second-leading scorer. Kyle Campbell got the winner with 59 seconds left in the second period.
The Bantam Thunder line up against Hinton on Friday night.
An Edson player passes the puck out front against Slave Lake on Sunday.