Stettler residents and hockey fans -packed the stands at the Stettler Recreation Centre on Friday, Sept. 12 to watch the Lightning play Red Deer in another pre-season exhibition game.
It was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams, eventually ending in a Lightning overtime loss with a final score of 5-4.
Stettler opened the scoreboard with a goal not even a minute into the first from Steven Fletcher. Less than five minutes later, Adam Ternes followed up with a second goal, bringing the score to 2-0 for the Lightning.
The visitors took advantage of a power play after Dylan Houston ended up in the penalty box for goalie interference, and about half-way through the first added a second point to the board, tying the score.
In the second period, the Lighting exploded from the bench, scoring a third goal not even three minutes in, courtesy of Connor Doucette.
As the period entered its last five minutes, though, Red Deer snuck the puck past Stettler’s netminder, tying the score.
Starting the third at 3-3, Stettler started the scoring game with Wyat Haustein sending the puck to visitors’ net in the first three minutes. The two teams battled hard, Red Deer to score and Stettler to ice the visitors out; but in the last minute of regulation, Red Deer managed to tie the game, forcing an overtime finish.
Even though Stettler had opened each period with scoring, this time Red Deer changed it about, scoring just a minute into the fourth period to end the game in their favour.
It was a frustrating end to a hard-battled game, but the team left in relatively good spirits as they continue to work toward a better cohesion – and are seeing results.