Lightning lose, end season

Stettler Lightning ended the season in the Junior Heritage B Hockey league after losing to Red Deer Vipers in two consecutive games last week, surrendering the best-of-five series 3-1 to the Red Deer side.

The Lightning lost the third game of the series 7-0 in Red Deer on Saturday, Feb. 26 and failed to bounce back on Sunday losing 3-0 at home.

“We ended the season not quite the way we hoped,” said head coach Doug Smith.

“On Saturday, we never got on track,” he said.

“We never really seemed to catch fire. We made some mistakes which cost us.”

Douglas said they did create some opportunities to score in Red Deer on Saturday but could not convert them.

As for Sunday’s game, Smith said injuries from Saturday’s game played some part in the loss on home ice.”

“We played well all through Sunday’s game but we could not generate enough offense.”

Despite the losses, Smith praised goaltending by both goal tenders, Simon Thieleman and Landon Schmidt.

He said they had made a great effort throughout the season.

The Lightning finished the regular season with 14 wins, 20 losses and one tie with a total of 30 points.

The title battle for the North Division in the Junior Heritage B league moves on the next level between Blackfalds Wranglers and Red Deer Vipers.