Stettler Lightning scored an easy 5-1 victory over Rimbey Rock on Saturday, Nov. 6, helping the team to improve its record to .500 and preparing the ground for a campaign to capture a handsome spot for the playoffs.
Orie Spearing was at his best on the rink as he scored three times for the Lightning, including the unassisted first goal in a short-handed play just two minutes into the game.
Landon Potter added one to the tally as did Brett Wold, with the score being sealed practically in the middle of the second period.
Head coach Doug Smith said they were in control throughout the game and that he was happy with both the effort and the outcome.
“We just gave them one chance in a power-play situation but apart from that, we were disciplined and we did not take a lot of needless penalties,” said Smith.
“We could have been a little bit sharper on the power play, but in general we moved the puck very well.”
“In the third period we played a very good, concentrated game and we didn’t give them many chances, and we looked after our half of the rink very well,” said Smith.
The Lightning now play back-to-back home games on Friday, Nov.11 and Saturday, Nov. 12.
Regarding the game against the Red Deer Vipers on Friday, “They are the arch-rival and I don’t have to motivate the team too much, it is a self-motivating game,” said Doug Smith.
“That is a game where we would like to establish ourselves.”
The Lightning face Mountainview Colts on Saturday, with the puck dropping at 7.30 p.m. on both days.
As for the next stage of the league, Smith said “October was the time for leaning everything that we have to do, November is the time to put all into action.”