Lightning ready for league

Stettler Lightning confidently overpowered the Ponoka Stampeders in their last pre-season game, paving the way for a smooth beginning for their Heritage Junior B Hockey League title campaign.

Trying to steal - Lightning’s Cody Smitten trying to wrest away the puck from Ponoka defense as Lanny Duncan is smashed to the boards by Joseph Potts of Stampeders.

Stettler Lightning confidently overpowered the Ponoka Stampeders in their last pre-season game, paving the way for a smooth beginning for their Heritage Junior B Hockey League title campaign.

The Lightning dominated most of the game, refusing to allow the Stampeders easy access to their half of the rink.

Particularly in the second period, Lightning players laid a siege around the Stampeders goal with the Lightning goalie having to touch the puck less than a dozen times in 20 minutes.

Despite that pressure, the Lightning did not score in the second period.

The first goal of the home team came early in the first period when Brett Oulette scored to an assist by Jordan Vincent in the fourth minute.

After a the dry second period, Stampeders opened the third period with an equalizer, which received a response with Mitch Finkbiner acting on an assist from the Brett Oulette to score the second goal. About five minutes later, Cody Smitten provided the assist and Lanny Duncan scored the last goal of the game.

Head coach Doug Smith said their defensive game was quite satisfactory and that defense would be one of their strongest points in the season.

He added the drought in scoring score in the second period was due to both a very efficient game by the Stampeders goalie and lack of good shooting on the part of Lightning offense.

“We are now ready for the season,” said Smith.

“The guys are all in the mode and ready to get on with it.”

“We finalized our line-up as much as we can for the time being,” said Smith leaving open the possibility that new faces could still join the team in the coming weeks.

“We still might have to make a couple of choices after three or four league games,” he said.

As for the season opener on home ice this Saturday, coach Smith said they would be playing against a young but well prepared team.

“We’ll just have to stick to our game plan and do what we do best.”

Lightning will be hosting Banff at 7.30 p.m. Saturday, October 3 at the Stettler Recreation Centre.

Just Posted

Castor man killed in collision

Pronounced deceased at scene

Our Town Stettler: An aerial view

Shows a larger picture of evolution of community

Liberals take aim at responsible gun owners

E-petition against Bill C-71 is largest in history of Parliament

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

Alberta readies itself for cannabis sales with 17 stores (for now) and a new provincial website

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

Canada not sending anyone to Saudi business summit

Sources insist Ottawa never intended to dispatch a delegation this time around

Earthquake early-warning sensors installed off coast of B.C.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors are developed by Ocean Networks Canada

VPD ordered to co-operate with B.C. police watchdog probe

According to the IIO, a court is ordering Vancouver police to co-operate with an investigation into a fatal shooting

Canada’s top general takes aim at new reports of military sexual assault

Gen. Jonathan Vance is unhappy some troops continue to ignore his order to cease all sexual misconduct

Trio of Saint Bernard find their ‘forever home’ after story goes viral

Edmonton Humane Society had put out the call to adopt Gasket, Gunther and Goliath

Nova Scotia fixes online workaround of age requirement for cannabis sales

The problem popped up hours after the use of cannabis became legal

Carr, Morneau off to China next month to deepen commerce

Carr says Canada and China aren’t embarking on formal free trade talks

Most Read