Submitted by Rory Rost Stettler Lightning
Below is an update on the Stettler junior B Lightning’s pre-season campaign:
We played Mountain View Colts on Friday and lost in a shoot-out 4-3. We played a very good first period and were up by one goal. Our second period was average and I think we were down 3-1, but rallied in the third to tie it up.
We dominated the overtime, but couldn’t get a break. The shots were 50-28 in our favor. Because the play was in their end the entire third period and overtime, the ice was poor for our shoot-out boys and they had trouble controlling the puck.
Brett Roper played well in net and Braydon Whiteford had a strong game with two goals.
On Sunday we played Ponoka and again had a strong first period, but gave up four goals in the second and were down 4-3 going into the third. We had a very strong last period and won 6-4. Jordan Fisher had a strong game with a nice goal and took a big hit to make a play on the winning goal, and was rewarded with an assist. Dylan Houston, our captain had two goals and played a strong 200 foot game and was very responsible in both ends. I told him, “That’s what I expect from my captains and veterans”.
On the negative side, Braydon Whiteford got suspended in the third period and under Hockey Alberta rules, he will miss the remaining four games of pre-season and our first league game. On the play, he did exactly what I have been telling the boys about going hard to the net and on a breakaway he got hooked or tripped and while on his knees…ran into the Ponoka goalie and received a charging penalty. I think he was a little frustrated, and apparently said something to the ref which resulted in the suspension. Braydon has really matured in the last year, but I think part of his penalty is based on his past reputation.
The entire team contributed and played hard and we kept the penalties down in both games to about 4-5 minors, which is very encouraging.
We play Mountain View on Friday, with our final home exhibition game at 4:30 on Sunday against Blackfalds.