This past Sunday, Nov. 6 as Lightning took on Wranglers in Blackfalds, they lost by a good margin 8-3.
Within the first few minutes of the game, the Wranglers had scored three goals, and although the Bolts tried to match up with Kieran Rost scoring the lone goal from Stettler in the first period, Wranglers had taken a 4-1 lead.
The second period was no better as Blackfalds scored twice within the first seven minutes of play, leading 6-1 now.
Stettler’s Dylan Houston netted the puck with an assist from Ethan Rost in an attempt to take Lightning ahead, but Blackfalds made sure to score again.
With the score towards the end of the second period reading 7-2, Stettler’s Matt Sylvester scored with an assist from Kieran Rost and Houston.
And once again, Blackfalds came back to net the puck with the final score being 8-3.
“I think Sunday’s game will prove to be a big lesson for us. It’s probably fair to say that some complacency crept into our game after winning the last two by large margins like we did,” said Head Coach Gavin Brandl. “There is a big difference in being confident and thinking that things are going to be easy, and we played the first 20 minutes against Blackfalds like we thought it would be easy.”
Brandl said that the Bolts are a group of kids who don’t enjoy losing, so he feels that it won’t be difficult for that lesson to sink in.
“There are a couple things we will focus on this week in practice to prepare for Strathmore. Priority number one will be to get the boys competing hard again,” Brandl said. “With only two games in the past 14 days I feel like we lost some of our edge and intensity we had when our schedule was really busy early on. So we will push ourselves to get that back to the levels we need it at.”
Brandl said that they would also want to talk about defensive assignments as they head into Strathmore and with the Olympic-sized ice, one couldn’t afford to be over pursuing and consequently leaving a shooting threat open in a high-danger area.
“I expect it will be a really high energy week out of our group as we look to get back on track,” he said.
Bolts take on Strathmore on Saturday, Nov. 12 in an away game.