Submitted by Bob Couch
Coach, Stettler Storm atom C hockey team
For the atom C Stettler Storm, this past weekend saw the team have two of its best efforts of the year.
On Saturday, they took on Sylvan Lake and had the lead heading into the third, before eventually losing 4-3, with Sylvan Lake scoring a late goal. The game featured some great action at both ends, with the home side actually outshooting their opponents for the first time this year.
It also marked the first goal of the year for Josh Whipple, who was moved up to wing in order to try new line combinations. Although the Stettler atoms lost, they were able to take the positives into their next game on Sunday versus Lacombe.
The game on Sunday provided some of the most exciting hockey the team has played all year. Lacombe has only lost one game and has some exceptional players in its lineup. With the game tied heading into the second, Stettler took a 3-2 lead with a goal by Denim Ross.
Lacombe would regain the lead with two more goals in the second.
Stettler started the third with an early goal from Randon Ross, and that had the local crowd buzzing.
Unfortunately, Lacombe was able to pull away and take an 8-5 decision. Once again, the game provided several highlights, with both Quentin Gall and Morgan Bengert getting their first goals of the season.
What makes this weekend’s games so exciting is the team is getting stronger and stronger. The team not only has six female players, it also has several players who are in their first year of hockey.
The coaches have seen the hard work the players have put in, not only bonding together, but learning the game. It is exciting to see these kids grow through the year.
“This team was giving up 40 to 50 shots a game at the beginning of the year, and now they give up 45 over two games,” said coach Ken Bengert.
Next weekend, it is off to Trochu for a tournament and hopefully the team will continue its strong play and come out with some wins.