Midget Blues edge Rocky on late goal

The host Stettler Legion Blues came from behind and edged Rocky Mountain House 3-2

Submitted by Neil McCallum

Stettler Legion Blues

The host Stettler Legion Blues came from behind and edged Rocky Mountain House 3-2 in midget A action last Friday night in the North Central Minor Hockey Association.

Rocky scored first with a screened point shot that found the back of the net in the last minute by Levi Stange. In the second, Rocky scored early on a power play to make it 2-0.

Stettler came back with a power-play goal a few minutes later on some good puck movement, with Kieran Rost scoring with assists to Quade Cassidy and Ethan Rost.

In the third we tied it up with Kieran Rost scoring his second of the game on a rebound from a point shot by Cayden Spady. Chase Cooke also assisted.

The last couple of minutes were frantic, with both teams trying desperately to win. Jordan McCallum made a couple of big saves to keep it tied.

With 10 seconds left and a faceoff outside the Rocky blue-line, it looked like it was going to be a tie.

Off the face off, Stettler pushed the puck through the feet of the one defenceman, creating a 2-on-1. Kieran Rost fed the puck over to Quade Cassidy, who buried it past the Rocky goalie with 1.9 seconds left.

The Blues have been missing a few players due to injury.

We were without four players on Friday. Defenceman Levi Fisher and Cody Ball have been out since before Christmas with lower-body injuries, and Friday we also had missing Dylan Pritchard and forward Matt Sylvester had another commitment.

With players missing, we have had to juggle lines, but overall we are doing pretty well with a young group.

Jordan had 35 saves in the win. He was playing with a heavy heart as a teammate of his from baseball in Lacombe, Damian Pannenbecker, was killed in a car accident near Olds earlier in the week.

Stettler’s record improved to 7-9-2, good for third place in a very competitive South division of Tier 1.

The Blues’ next game is next Sunday when they travel to Edson.