There was very little zap and a lot more fizzle for the Stettler Lightning’s second weekend of away games, with the team coming home with a loss.
The team travelled to Cochrane to face the top team in the southern division of the Heritage Hockey League, and the 7-0 loss showed the disparity in skills between the two squads.
Despite playing clean and staying mostly out of the penalty box, the Lightning weren’t able to capitalize on several golden opportunities, and the few penalties the team did receive saw their defensive lines tired out trying to keep the Cochrane Generals from adding to their tally.
“They got off to a decent start,” Doug Smith, general manager of the team, said. “The wheels fell off the bus in the second, though.”
He said right now coaching is focused on helping the team recentre and get back to the basics.
“They got to a point where they were starting to get competitive, and they started to cut corners — not realizing the corners was what made them competitive,” Smith said. “We’ve got to learn to get past the hiccups.”
Stettler holds last place in the northern division, closely trailing Ponoka. The team has two more away games, one against league first-place team Airdrie and another against Red Deer before they return to Stettler to play three games before Christmas.