Midget A Blues bat .500 in hectic weekend

The midget A Stettler Legion Blues emerged with four of a possible eight points last week as they played four games in five days.

The midget A Stettler Legion Blues emerged with four of a possible eight points last week as they played four games in five days.

The Blues remain in first place in the North Central Minor Hockey Association after posting a win, a loss and two ties during their busiest stretch of the season.

Stettler tied Devon 3-3 at home Sunday after a 5-5 stalemate with host Wetaskiwin on Saturday.

The Blues edged the Red Deer Kings 3-2 last Friday in Stettler, after dropping a 9-6 decision to the Maskwacis Chiefs last Wednesday at Hobbema.

Stettler has another busy week ahead, with three games in four days, beginning Thursday night at Ponoka. The Blues visit Innisfail on Saturday night and host Rimbey at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Stettler (16-3-3) has an 11-point cushion atop the North Central league, with five games left in its regular season. The top two teams receive a bye for the first round of the playoffs.

The Blues clinched a berth in the provincial midget B championship, set for March 21-24 at Provost.

STETTLER 3 DEVON 3: Brett Rider’s goal with 12:31 left gave the Blues their second tie in as many ties. Tyler Stewart and Stefan du Toit also scored for Stettler. David Hanton assisted on both of those second-period goals. Devon Woelk made 14 saves for the Blues, who fired 39 shots at Sydney Williams.

STETTLER 5 WETASKIWIN 5: Logan Davidson was the hero Saturday as his goal with 31 seconds remaining enabled Stettler to salvage a draw. It capped a three-point night for Davidson, who had a couple of assists.

The Blues also got goals from Rider, Brogan Cassidy, Jacques du Toit and Kieran Rost, who set up the tying goal in both weekend games.

Woelk blocked nine shots as Stettler outshot the hosts 17-14. Lane Lightning of Wetaskiwin lived up to his name, with three goals and an assist.

Both teams scored three times each on power plays.

STETTLER 3 RED DEER 2: The Blues netted two goals 25 seconds apart early in the third period to go up 3-0 and hung on against the visiting Kings. Rost, Chase McGonigal and Hanton, with the eventual winner, were the Stettler scorers.

Jordan McCallum’s 37-save effort propelled Stettler to victory. The Blues countered with 38 shots on Mack Patchett.

MASKWACIS 9 STETTLER 6: Picking up where he left off the previous week, Stettler’s Micah Croker scored three goals and assisted on Davidson’s goal. Brogan Cassidy netted the other two goals for the short-staffed Blues, who dressed just 10 skaters and lost Stewart in the first period because of a game misconduct for fighting.

Roenick Minde collected four points, including three goals, for Maskwacis, which led 4-1 after the first period but trailed 5-4 after the second.

The Blues were without Riley Anderson, Parker Cassidy, Stefan du Toit, Andrew Shirley and coach Matt Cassidy.

Chiefs goaltender Cowan Swampy blocked 25 shots, while Woelk made 23 stops in the Stettler net.

Maskwacis (11-10-2) is in second place in the North Central league, one points ahead of Red Deer (11-11-1) and Rimbey (11-9-1).


Zack Werbowesky’s goal with 1:24 left gave the midget B Stettler Storm a 4-3 victory over the Rocky Mountain House Renegades on Sunday in Stettler.

Peter McNaughton, Levi Fisher and Brycen Bainbridge also scored for Stettler, which improved its division-leading Tier 3 record to 9-1-1.

Jarret Hampton made 16 saves to earn the win in the Stettler net.

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