The Thunder played in Westlock on Sunday, losing 4 – 2. It was an evenly-matched game, if the shots on goal are anything to go by. But a good third period by the home team sealed the deal. The score was 2 – 2 after 40 minutes, with Noah Plouffe and Carter Warman scoring the Slave Lake goals.
Ryder Hall faced 40 shots in the Slave Lake net.
On Jan. 28, CNN is in town for a 4:30 game. On Sunday, the Thunder are off to Athabasca.
Last week, we reported a 9 – 8 win for the U18 Thunder over Redwater, but no other details. They eventually showed up and seem worth reporting.
The Thunder had a really good second period after a really bad first one. The host team scored early and often and led 4 – 1 after one, with Jericho Noskiye being the only Slave Lake player to score.
But in the second, the momentum swung hard in the other direction. Slave Lake out-scored Redwater 5 – 3 to get right back into it and set up an all-or-nothing final 20 minutes. Redwater scored first, on the powerplay, but the Thunder roared back with three straight to win by a goal.
Cohen Foster had a big game, with two goals and two assists. Noah Plouffe and Jethro Green both had three-point games. Other goal scorers for Slave Lake were Drayder Pearson, Kris Courtorielle, Carson Maitland, Eric Gladue, Carter Warman and Paul Houle.
Ryder Hall and Salah Baalbaki shared netminding duties, facing 49 shots total.
This team played in Barrhead on Sunday, winning 8 – 2.
It took a while for the Thunder to get rolling, but once they did, the goals came thick and fast.
Barrhead led 1 – 0 after one period. In the second, the Thunder cracked the hosts wide open, scoring four straight in just over five minutes to start the period. Four more in the third put it well out of reach.
Damian Hill and Jonas Lillo each scored a hat trick, with Grayson Conrad and Braiden Giroux-Twin also scoring. Kayel Blize had a three-point game as well.
Grady Beauchamp saw 24 shots in the Slave Lake net.
Coming up for the Thunder are a couple of games in Drayton Valley – both on Feb. 11. That seems a long break in a minor hockey league season, although four members are playing in the Arctic Winter Games tournament this week in Fort McMurray.
This squad was in tough against undefeated Mayerthorpe, who stayed undefeated. The final score was 9 – 1. Colby Campbell got the only Slave Lake goal. Andrei Angelescu made 31 saves in the loss
This Sunday the team plays in Wabasca.
Division-leading Drayton Valley doubled up on the Thunder, in a game played Saturday in Drayton Valley.
The Thunder led 2 – 1 after one period on goals by Brody Whitney and Nolan Beaupre. Drayton scored twice in the second to lead 3 – 2. Colby Churchill tied it on the powerplay early in the third, but after that it was all Drayton.
Isaiah Brown made 26 saves in the Slave Lake net.
The Thunder also played on Sunday, in Barrhead, and won by a 7 – 0 score. Beaupre scored a hat trick and Connor Beauchamp and Payton Tompkins each scored a pair. Brown only faced 16 shots in getting the shutout.
This coming Saturday they host Fort McMurray, and on Sunday Edson is in town.
The Thunder took on Tier 5-6 leaders Athabasca in Athabasca on Saturday. It ended 11 – 3 in Athabasca’s favour.
Jake Courtorielle scored twice for Slave Lake. Addison Gauchier got the other one. Hadley Knutt was busy in goal, facing 31 shots.
The Thunder are home for two games this coming weekend. On Saturday, Tofield is in town. On Sunday CR2.
New Sarepta was the site of a game on Saturday, which the home team won, 6 – 1. Scoring Slave Lake’s only goal was Maxwell Pothier. Noah Eben took the loss in net, stopping 27 shots.
On Sunday the Thunder lost 6 – 3 in Drayton Valley. According to the game summary on the league website, those three Slave Lake goals came from only 12 shots on goal, which is a pretty good shooting percentage!
Slave Lake goal-scorers were Cole Stone, Kade Morrison-Cardinal and Jacob Pelley. Goalie Eben dealt with 44 shots in the Slave Lake net.
The next league game for the Thunder is Friday, Feb. 3 against CNN.
Playing in Athabasca on Saturday, the Thunder lost 8 – 6. Down 6 – 3 after two, they scored two late goals and seemed to be rallying, but ran out of time.
Jonathan Okemow scored a pair for the Thunder. Scoring singles were Asher Wirstiuk, Jack Oostvogels, Logan Persson and Faron Gladue.
Jayden Dick faced 21 shots in the Slave Lake net.
The team plays next in Barrhead, on Jan. 28.