By Stu Salkeld The Stettler Independent
The Heritage junior B Hockey League is starting to heat up as the holiday season approaches as the Stettler Lightning went undefeated over the past weekend.
At home Nov. 17 versus Cochrane, the Lightning opened the floodgates on scoring, beating the visiting team 7-2. “Yeah, a pretty good weekend,” said head coach Rory Rost by phone Nov. 20.
“The boys were playing a lot better.” He said the Lightning were playing with a lot more confidence and it showed on the scoreboard.
Cochrane is known as a powerhouse team and is no pushover at any time of the season. Thought Cochrane was missing their top player, the Lightning were also without their captain and top scorer Dylan Houston. Rost said the team talked before the game that the missing players cancelled each other out, so anyone could win.
The Lightning spread the scoring around, plus added two power play goals while goalie Brett Roper played the entire 60 minutes, facing 49 shots and only letting in two goals. Rost said one of the keys to the win was excellent goaltending from Roper.
The head coach said he was also happy to see Stettler use one of their greatest strengths, their speed. He said the Lightning set a very fast pace to the game and had Cochrane back on their heels.
The visiting Medicine Hat Cubs didn’t fare any better against the hometown Lightning Nov. 18, being shut out 4-0. Goalie Jordan McCallum got the shutout after facing 24 shots.
The Lightning blasted the Hat goalie with 49 shots. Captain Houston made his return felt, as he was party to three of the four Lightning goals.
Rost said the Lightning hit the road to visit Cochrane this coming weekend, and with the recent result hopes the Bolts have that team’s number.
Closer to home, the Lightning have a Big Valley home game coming up Nov. 25 versus Okotoks. Rost said the Bolts’ last performance in Big Valley was a shootout victory.