Stettler Lightning played a spirited game on Friday, Nov. 25 as they took on Three Hills at a home game, winning 6-1.
Dylan Houston led the charge once again, scoring the first two goals and giving the Bolts a lead of 2-0, which also brought up Houston’s 100th career goal.
“I couldn’t be happier for him, but what I’m most proud of is looking back with him on how he has evolved as a hockey player and a competitor,” said Head Coach Gavin Brandl. “Pretty fitting that this milestone comes shorthanded on a chance that was created by him blocking a shot, really exemplifying the complete player he has become.”
Lightning kept attacking the opponents’ defence as Mark Bengert and Logan Davidson netted the puck in quick succession, giving the Bolts a 4-0 lead.
With a goal coming in at the end of the second period, the score read 4-1, and as the Bolts continued to work their offence, Kieran Rost came up with an unassisted goal, followed by Rylee Jacobson, which took the final score to 6-1.
“We feel really good about how we played this weekend,” said Brandl. “On Friday against Three Hills was perhaps the most complete effort we have put forth this season, executing in all phases of the game and I know the boys were happy to take it to Three Hills like that.”
However, on Saturday, Nov. 26 in their away game against Red Deer Vipers although the Bolts took an early lead with Kieran Rost scoring the first goal, assisted by Braydon Whiteford and Matt Sylvester, the Vipers kept the pressure on the Lightning, scoring three goals in the second period.
And as they fought it out in the third period, there was no scoring from both teams with the final score being 3-1.
“On Saturday was a pretty similar effort which is a really good sign,” Brnadl said. “We were the better team for the first 40 minutes despite being down on the scoreboard.” The Vipers goaltender made some saves that basically stole the game from the Bolts.
“And then we shot ourselves in the foot with a couple of missed assignments defensively and that was the difference,” Brandl explained. “But we know that if we keep playing that way and taking steps to improve then we are going to have a chance to win every single night.”