The final game of the regular season for Stettler Peewee B Storm went out with what seemed like a bang, at least for assistant coach Dave Deaver, who took a puck to the face in the Sunday, Feb. 21 game.
The game was delayed roughly 10 minutes in the first period as Deaver, who collapsed on the bench after being struck, was tended. When he got up to leave for the dressing room, the crowd gave him a standing, stomping ovation.
With four goals from Jackson Muhlbach and a goal each from Luke Bainbridge and Tyson Brower, Stettler managed to keep itself in the battle against the Rocky Storm. Despite efforts to pull and stay ahead in the third period, Stettler only managed to force Rocky to a draw of 6-6.
In other minor hockey action…The Stettler Atom A Storm had a double-header in Sundre against the Huskies, losing 7-4 and 6-4. Atom B lost 9-6 to the Eckville Eagles the same day, Feb. 20, at home.
Peewee A headed to Ponoka, where they won 4-2 on Feb. 20. The next day, they lost 5-0 to the Thunderstars.
On Feb. 21, Stettler Bantam Storm hosted Viking, losing 4-1.
A 9-0 win for Stettler Midget A Storm against Olds on Feb. 20 cemented the team’s high rank in their division.
Stettler Midget B Storm headed to Ponoka on Friday, Feb. 19, where they ended in a 4-4 draw against their hosts. The following day, Stettler hosted Hardisty/Hughenden Jets, winning 3-1. On Sunday, the team hosted Viking, losing 6-1.
On Friday, Feb. 19, the Stettler Midget C Storm headed to Rimbey to face the Renegades, winning 6-4. On Sunday, they hosted the Sundre Huskies, losing 13-3.
In girls’ hockey action…Stettler Peewee Female Storm hosted Warburg Saturday, Feb. 20, losing 5-2. The next day, the team hosted Camrose, ending in a 4-4 tie.
On Feb. 20, Stettler Female Bantam Storm headed to Lacombe, where they lost 4-3 to the Lacoka Bantam. The Stettler Midget Female team was in Ponoka the same day to play Lacoka, losing 3-0.
The regular season is over for almost all minor hockey teams and playoffs are just around the corner.