Quade Cassidy of the Stettler Lightning brings the puck in deep into the Lomond Lakers zone during the Oct 13 game. (Kevin J Sabo photo)

Quade Cassidy of the Stettler Lightning brings the puck in deep into the Lomond Lakers zone during the Oct 13 game. (Kevin J Sabo photo)

Stettler Lightning defeat Lomond Lakers 3-1 victory

Lightning outshoot Lakers 42-32

Kevin J Sabo

For the Independent

The Stettler Lightning hit the ice ready to win on Oct 13.

Despite Lomond Lakers Clayton Bilyard scoring under 6 minutes into the first period, Lightning Forward Quade Cassidy tied it up just over two minutes later, off an assist by Kieran Rost and Andrew Bauman. Lakers goalie Theo Paskuski faced an onslaught of rubber during the first twenty minutes, blocking 20 of the 21 shots he faced, with the Lightning outshooting the Lakers 21-11.

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Coming back onto the ice after the first intermission, the Lightning resumed their assault on the Lakers goalie, with Stettler forward Jonathan Fournier scoring less than 90-seconds into the second period, taking advantage of a power play caused by a Lakers penalty and game misconduct drawn by player Trey Wells-Creighton in the dying seconds of the first period.

The Lightning struck again less than two minutes later during the continued powerplay, with a shot by Reagan Holmes off a pass from Andrew Bauman and Quade Cassidy. Both teams played with more discipline during the second, with the Lakers drawing one penalty, and the Lightning drawing two. Shots at the end of the second were 12-9 again tilted towards the Lightning.

In the third period, both teams battled hard, but the Lightning were outshot 12-9 in favour of the Lakers, though neither team managed to find the back of the net. Both teams racked up the penalty minutes in the third, with the Lightning drawing five penalties, including a 10-minute penalty and game misconduct drawn by forward Braydon Whiteford for a check to the head on a Lakers player. The Lakers drew four penalties during the final twenty minutes.

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On the powerplay during sixty minutes of play, the Lightning capitalized on 2 of 8 manned advantages, while the Lakers were not able to find the net at all on the manned advantage. The final shot tally for the game was 42-32 in favour of the Lightning.

This win brings the Lightning record to 2-5 in their first seven games. They hope to continue improving their standings as they continue their three-game homestand when they face the 3-4-1 Strathmore Wheatland Kings on Oct 19.

 

Stettler Lightning forward Brendan Bardwell battles for the puck during the Oct. 13 game against the Lomond Lakers. (Kevin J Sabo photo)

Stettler Lightning forward Brendan Bardwell battles for the puck during the Oct. 13 game against the Lomond Lakers. (Kevin J Sabo photo)

Stettler Lightning forward Brendan Bardwell battles for the puck during the Oct. 13 game against the Lomond Lakers. (Kevin J Sabo photo)

Stettler Lightning forward Brendan Bardwell battles for the puck during the Oct. 13 game against the Lomond Lakers. (Kevin J Sabo photo)