Abby Heidecker in charge of the puck with opponent player from West Central in close pursuit as the Stettler bantam girls took over West Central in a home game on Sunday

Abby Heidecker in charge of the puck with opponent player from West Central in close pursuit as the Stettler bantam girls took over West Central in a home game on Sunday

Bantam Girls go down to West Central 5-2

The Stettler Bantam Girls' hockey team was handed one of its rare losses when it hosted the West Central girls at Stettler's Red rink.

The Stettler Bantam Girls’ hockey team was handed one of its rare losses when it hosted the West Central girls at Stettler’s Red rink on Sunday, Jan. 17.

The 5-2 loss came after a scramble of a game, which saw both teams visit the penalty box multiple times before the final buzzer signalled the end of play.

West Central was first to score, bringing in the only goal in the first period, and were first to score in the second period as well. That second-period goal was answered five minutes later by an unassisted goal by Keely Adams, who slapped it by the West Central netminder.

Abby Heidecker narrowed the gap about six minutes later, bringing the score to 2-2, but in the last minutes of the third, West Central pulled ahead.

The third period was fractious, with both teams netting themselves a passel of penalties as they fought over the puck. Despite a couple of powerplay opportunities though, Stettler was unable to find the back of the West Central net, while West Central scored two more goals to secure the win.

In other hockey news…Stettler Atom A Storm headed to Eckville on Jan. 16, losing a close 6-5. Waylon Blumhagen, Bret Hymers, Carter Zuk, Quin Hansel and Rhys Pederson scored. The following day, the team headed to Sylvan Lake, where they lost 13-6. Cade Wilkie and Hansel scored two goals each, with Hymers and Zuk each scoring one.

On Friday, Jan. 15, the Atom B team lost 5-4 to Coronation. Hayden Baker, Zachary Zimmer, Tyler Miller and Kaden Muhlbach scored. The following day brought an 8-2 loss in Castor, with Zach McCord and Zimmer scoring.

Atom C Storm hosted the Maskwacis Hawks, winning 10-1. Rylen Mohn scored four goals, Broc Chick three, Brandon Enyedy two, and Adam Kromm one for the final tally.

On Jan. 16, the Stettler Peewee A Storm headed to Killam, where they lost 4-3. Goals were scored by Kaleb Bowers, Brier Devnich and Chance Morbeck. The following day brought a close 3-2 loss in Eckville for the team, with goals by Zachary Bryson and Justin Devloo.

Stettler Midget A Storm headed to Red Deer on Saturday, Jan. 16, where they beat host Red Deer 5-4. Three goals by Matthew Sylvester, and solos from Kameron Bainbridge and Mark Bengert won the day.

The Stettler Midget B Storm headed to Viking on Friday, Jan. 15, where they lost 5-3. Ryan Mielke, Scott Verhoeven and Riley Cornelssen scored. The next day, the team won 2-1 over Hardisty/Hughenden, through two goals by Brendan Pederson.

Midget C hosted the Rimbey Renegades on Sunday, Jan. 17, losing 8-1. The sole Stettler goal came from Derek Smyth.

In girls’ action…The Stettler peewee girls’ team headed to Athabasca, where they defeated the host 13-0 on Jan. 16.

The Midget girls traveled to Leduc, where they defeated the host 3-1. Two goals by Kierra Scollo and a solo from Jesse Squires provided the winning momentum.