By Stu Salkeld
The Stettler Independent
The hometown Stettler junior B Lightning have a great chance to add two points to their season total Saturday, Dec. 16 as they host the Mountainview Colts in a very important game at the Stettler rec centre.
The Colts, as of Dec. 14, are a .500 team, with a 10-10-4 record, good for 24 points but more importantly sit just in front of the Stettler Lightning in the Heritage League north standings (9-11, 22 points). As of Dec. 14, Mountainview is in forth place, with Stettler only two points behind in fifth.
Stettler matches up very well with Mountainview. Even though the Colts are a few points ahead, as of Dec. 14 the Lightning have played two fewer games than the Colts.
Stats-wise, Stettler and Mountainview are very comparable, making this important game even more vital. Stettler’s Goals For (90) and Goals Against (111) are almost identical to Mountainview’s (GF 94, GA 105)
The Lightning will have to keep a close eye on the Colts’ best player by far, forward Colton Anderson, who leads his team with 14 goals and 33 assists, good for 47 points. Shutting him down will make winning this key game a lot easier.
Stettler’s players should also plan ahead for two Colts who have high penalty minutes, rookies Jordan Hodzic (57 pm) and Zane Leatherdale (56 pm).
Perhaps one of the biggest stat lines Mountainview is carrying into Stettler is a four-game losing streak.
The Stettler junior B Lightning’s next game is on the road vs. the Mountainview Colts Dec. 22 before returning to the Stettler Rec Centre Jan. 5 to host the Ponoka Stampeders.