Stettler Lightning beat the Medicine Hat Cubs 8-6 in a home game season opener Sept. 23 at the Stettler Recreation Centre. Lightning players Johnathan Fournier (15), Jeff Ternes (13) and Justin Fournier (12) battle for the puck. (Lisa Joy/Stettler Independent)

Stettler Junior B Lightning take another point off Red Deer

Will face Mountain View Colts at home Jan. 12

By Emily Jaycox

For the Independent

After getting a few more points on the scoreboard, the Stettler Junior B Lightning hockey team are raring to go for their home game against the Mountain View Colts Saturday, Jan. 12.

The Colts have just a four-point lead on the Lightning heading into this game.

In their last matchup, Stettler lost to the Colts in OT, and they beat them 8-0 earlier in the year, so they have a decent shot of winning, says Head Coach Rory Rost.

The Lightning are now at 13-10-4 with 30 points, and have been holding a steady fourth place in the Northern Division standings.

Stettler defeated the Okotoks Bisons in a closely contested overtime win 3-2 Dec. 21.

They went on to a 5-1 victory over the Ponoka Stampeders Dec. 22 on home ice.

The Lightning came close to beating the second-place Red Deer Vipers at home Jan. 5, losing 5-4 in overtime.

“It was a really exciting game against Red Deer again,” said Rost.

Each time the Lightning have played Red Deer, the game has gone into OT, says Rost, adding he’s pleased they got a point off the Vipers.

The Lightning drew first blood, with No. 15 Jonathan Fournier scoring at 1:55 from No. 6 Keiran Rost.

The Vipers returned fire, scoring a few minutes later, but the Lightning again took the lead, with a goal from No. 13 Jeff Ternes and another from No. 11 Erik Rost, finishing the period 3-1 for Stettler.

Shots were 13-4 for the Lightning for the first period.

The Vipers scored in the second period, shutting out the Lightning, but were still down 3-2 for Stettler.

There was a minor skirmish five minutes into the third, but both teams took two 10-minute game misconduct penalties, says Rost.

The Vipers tied up the game six minutes into the third.

The Lightning fought back, regaining the lead with a goal from No. Ethan Rost at 16:00.

Not giving up easily, however, the Vipers scored again 30 seconds later, sending the game in overtime.

Neither team capitalized on power plays in this contest.

Next week will be a busy one for the Lightning, with three games in a row.

Because of a schedule change, they will play the Ponoka Stampeders at home Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 8:30 pm, and again in Ponoka on Jan. 16, then in Airdrie Jan. 18.

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