Lightning get back in shape

Stettler Lightning played only one of their scheduled games over the weekend when they declined to take to the ice last Friday as it became clear that a few of the Mountain View players had caught H1N1 flu.

Stettler Lightning played only one of their scheduled games over the weekend when they declined to take to the ice last Friday as it became clear that a few of the Mountain View players had caught H1N1 flu.

But the Lightning were back in good shape on Saturday against Banff when they won the road game 6-2.

“We looked better, that is for sure,” head coach Doug Smith said in reference to the team’s performance in Banff, where they put an end to a two-game losing streak.

“We had a few hick-ups here and there that we needed to get straightened out, but we moved the puck in pretty good manner.”

Lightning did have two players suffering from the regular flu and coach Smith expects to have a few every week now that the flu season has arrived.

At game in Banff, the first period saw the Lightning establish its dominance towards the end leading 2-1, and after a completely dry second period, the Stettler team flexed its muscles in the last period scoring four goals with three- four minute intervals.

Three of the Lightning goals came through unassisted shots by Adam McDavid, Robb David and Orie Spearing.

Coach Smith said these goals were the results of their efforts to ensure that his players can quickly position themselves after turnovers.

“We have been working a lot during the practices to get it on and hurry after turnovers, quicker transition on their end when we get a turnover” he said.

Smith said he expected a few injured players from his team to recover fully to be ready for Friday’s game against Blackfalds.

The game at rec centre begins at 7:30 p.m.