Stettler Imperials dominate against Irma Aces

Imperial defenceman DJ Kistner grabs the puck and carries it out of the zone with Irma Aces Kylar Erickson hot on his heels. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Imperial defenceman DJ Kistner grabs the puck and carries it out of the zone with Irma Aces Kylar Erickson hot on his heels. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
The East Central Senior Men’s Hockey League tilt between the Irma Aces and the Stettler Imperials was not without its fights. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)The East Central Senior Men’s Hockey League tilt between the Irma Aces and the Stettler Imperials was not without its fights. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
The East Central Senior Men’s Hockey League tilt between the Irma Aces and the Stettler Imperials was not without its fights. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)The East Central Senior Men’s Hockey League tilt between the Irma Aces and the Stettler Imperials was not without its fights. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
The Imperials celebrate one of may goals scored Dec. 23. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)The Imperials celebrate one of may goals scored Dec. 23. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
The puck goes in off this second-period shot by Imperial Ethan Rost. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)The puck goes in off this second-period shot by Imperial Ethan Rost. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
The Imperials net was a busy place, with goalie Jordan McCallum facing around 30 shots during the evening’s game. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)The Imperials net was a busy place, with goalie Jordan McCallum facing around 30 shots during the evening’s game. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Imperials Devan Shanks grabs the puck and heads for the Irma Aces end. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Imperials Devan Shanks grabs the puck and heads for the Irma Aces end. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
The entertainment during the first two periods was a short hockey game played Tim-Bits hockey players. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)The entertainment during the first two periods was a short hockey game played Tim-Bits hockey players. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Imperials Defenceman Cody Wright works to clear the puck out of his zone while Irma Aces forward Riley King chases him. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Imperials Defenceman Cody Wright works to clear the puck out of his zone while Irma Aces forward Riley King chases him. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Stettler Imperial Goalie Jordan McCallum comes out of his crease to play the puck, keeping it from Irma Aces play Tyson Soucy. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Stettler Imperial Goalie Jordan McCallum comes out of his crease to play the puck, keeping it from Irma Aces play Tyson Soucy. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Stettler Imperials Goalie Jordan McCallum was one problem the Irma Aces could not solve on Dec. 23. Thanks to McCallum’s solid performance in net, the Imperials won the tilt with a score of 7-1. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Stettler Imperials Goalie Jordan McCallum was one problem the Irma Aces could not solve on Dec. 23. Thanks to McCallum’s solid performance in net, the Imperials won the tilt with a score of 7-1. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Irma Aces Scott Staden departs his zone with the puck with Imperial Brett Mulbach hot on his heels and defenceman Cody Wright moving in to block. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Irma Aces Scott Staden departs his zone with the puck with Imperial Brett Mulbach hot on his heels and defenceman Cody Wright moving in to block. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Irma Aces Tyler Fischer seconds before he takes Imperial Casey Wright into the boards while battling for the puck. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Irma Aces Tyler Fischer seconds before he takes Imperial Casey Wright into the boards while battling for the puck. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Stettler Imperials forward Erik Rost moves the puck into the Imperial Aces zone as Aces Denver Prior moves to block him. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Stettler Imperials forward Erik Rost moves the puck into the Imperial Aces zone as Aces Denver Prior moves to block him. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Aces forward Tyler Fischer checks Imperial Erik Rost into the boards. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Aces forward Tyler Fischer checks Imperial Erik Rost into the boards. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Irma Aces forward Tyler Ganie brings the net out of his zone as Imperials defenceman Matt Tateson moves to intercept. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Irma Aces forward Tyler Ganie brings the net out of his zone as Imperials defenceman Matt Tateson moves to intercept. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Stettler Imperial Claye Spady fires off a quick shot while Irma Aces Ryan Pfisterer moves in to block the shot. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Stettler Imperial Claye Spady fires off a quick shot while Irma Aces Ryan Pfisterer moves in to block the shot. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

The Stettler Imperials dominating performance at home continues.

In a rematch of the East Central Men’s Hockey League championship from last spring, Stettler hosted the rescheduled game against the Irma Aces on Dec. 23.

The game was orignally scheduled for early November, but had been rescheduled due to bad weather.

Performing the ceremonial puck drop to open the game were Stettler Regional Fire Department member Justin Tanner and recent Grey Cup winner Theren Churchill.

The 50-50 draw for the evening was being run by, and in support of, the Stettler Regional Fire Department.

Once the game started for real, the Imperials came out swinging.

The Imperials drew first-blood with a goal by Brett Mulbach under three minutes into the game.

Kieran Rost followed that goal with one of his own around the 10-minute mark of the first period.

Mulbach, however, wasn’t sitting back; he marked another, scoring a power-play goal with under two minutes left of the period.

By the time the dust settled at the end of the first period, the Imperials were up 3-0 and shots were 11-8 also in favour of the Imperials.

The second period started much the way the second ended off; Imperial Devan Shanks found the back of the net himself just over two minutes into the second period.

Irma answered back around five minutes into period, with Aces captain Ross Herzog notching the lone team goal of the evening on the power-play.

Stettler’s Ethan Rost found the back of the net himself on the power-play with just under four minutes left in the second.

When the final seconds of the second period wound down, the Imperials continued to lead with a score of 5-1, with shots pretty much even at 26-25, Stettler with a slight edge.

Both teams opened the third playing defensive hockey. While each side managed to draw, and kill off, penalties, the first half of the period seemed as if the Irma Aces had at least stopped the bleeding, if not being able to turn on the offence.

Just before the half-way mark in the third, the Stettler offence found their feet again with Kieran Rost finding the back of the net.

Each team took, and killed off, a few more penalties before the end of the third, but that didn’t stop JJ Fournier from scoring on the power-play with just under five minutes left on the clock.

When the third period ended, the Stettler Imperials had won their fifth game of the season, and third in a row, with a score of 7-1, with shots 42-30 also in favour of Stettler.

Stettler’s defensive play was solid, backed by goalie Jordan McCallum who stopped 29 of 30 shots.

The win moves Stettler (5-2-0) to number four in the league, behind only the Oyen Eagles (8-0-0), Provost Combines (6-2-0), and Sedgewick Sabres (6-2-0).

Stettler Imperials are back in action, at home, on Jan. 6, 2023, when they host Provost.

Tickets are available at the Stettler Independent, other business in the community, and at the gate.

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