Big Valley’s Peewee Thunders made the best of the opportunity to compete in the Peewee D provincial tournament by way of hosting the event and came out victorious at the end lifting the championship banner after a spectacular 11-1 win in the final game.
The Thunders hosted seven teams, champions of the seven zones in the province in the tournament, which started on Thursday, March 19 and ended on Sunday, March 22.
In their first game against Clive, the Thunders did not feel really challenged and comfortably won with a 3-0 score against the neighbouring team. Kasey Hiemstra (2) and Chase Skocdopole were the authors of the scores.
In their second game against Kitscoty on Friday, March 20, the Thunders opened an early lead but became a little complacent, allowing the opponents to the chance to stage a comeback, but the cushion they had built early in the game saved the hosts from having to go to an overtime to win. When the final buzzer went off, the scoreboard showed 6-4 in favor of the Thunders with the goals coming from Kasey Hiemstra (3), Coy Skocdopole, Rhett Walker and Robin Schipper.
The third game came as another easy one with the local boys defeating Pembina Pirates with a score of 8-4. In this game, Kasey Hiemstra exploded with energy, scoring six of the eight points for the Thunders with the remaining two goals coming from Daniel Brown and Rhett Walker.
Sunday morning, the Peewee boys took on Delburne in the semi finals and defeated them, too with a comfortable margin: 5-3. The goals came from Rhett Walker (2), Daniel Brown (2) and Kasey Hiemstra.
And then came the championship game. Despite having played a game in the morning, the Thunders showed no signs of exhaustion as they pummeled the Raymond Ice goal with shot after shot after shot. The result was a resounding 11-1 win. The goals came from Daniel Brown (3), Kasey Hiemstra (3), Chase Walker (2) Rhett Walker (2) and Jacob Webster.