Stettler Lightning’s Kieran Rost reacts after scoring an equalizer against Sthrathmore on Friday

Stettler Lightning’s Kieran Rost reacts after scoring an equalizer against Sthrathmore on Friday

Bolts back on track after double wins

It was a great weekend for the Lightning boys as they won a home game against Strathmore and an away game against High River back to back.

It was a great weekend for the Lightning boys as they won a home game against Strathmore on Friday, Sept. 30 and an away game against High River on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Friday’s game saw a well-paced Lightning side, willing to fight and get the game away from their opponents early on.

At the end of the first period the Bolts led 3-2, but with a well-playing Strathmore team, the score at the end of the second period was 5-5.

The third period started on an even keel, but soon the Strathmore Kings swept past the Bolts leading 6-5.

With the Bolts having nothing to lose, they led an aggressive attack and were able to take the game away, first with an equalizer from Dylan Houston, assisted by Mark Bengert and Matt Sylvester.

And eventually, a fantastic pass from Kieran Rost led to the winning goal by Donovan Granger.

“It was good to see the offence clicking and the puck going in the net for us,” Head Coach Gavin Brandl said. “We need to do a better job of shot suppression in short-handed situations, as we gave up five power-play goals on Friday.”

Saturday, the Bolts took their winning confidence to High River, showing finesse and precision to win the game 4-2.

Lightning’s Rost once again started the scoring for the Bolts, with a second goal from Kyke Ringdahl taking the scoreboardto 2-1.

High River soon scored an equalizer with the score at 2-2 at the end of the second period.

The Bolts determined to continue their winning streak broke through the opponents’ defence, with Dylan Houston scoring the final two goals for Lightning, the first with an assist from Bengert and Sylvester, the second with an exceptional passfrom Bengert.

Happy about their performance, Brandl added, “We also got a real solid goal-tending performance from Lane Congdon on Saturday against High River.”

As Lightning starts to regain composure with three wins in a row now, Brandl hopes they can continue to maintain their form, and added, “We will just keep working to get better and do the best we can to be prepared for a real solid test on Friday night.”

Lightning will be playing three games in the next weekend against Mountainview Colts on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Cochrane on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Airdrie on Sunday at 4 p.m.