By Stu Salkeld The Stettler Independent
The Stettler junior B Lightning are hitting their stride, especially over the last eight games, notching two more wins over the past week.
The Stettler Lightning hosted the Coaldale Copperheads Dec. 3 at SRC, winning 5-3. “The boys certainly played very well,” said head coach Rory Rost by phone Dec. 4.
“At times, we dominated.” Rost noted the Lightning played Coaldale once before and were beaten 7-0 and he feels the team has strongly taken shape over the past few weeks. He stated, over the past few weeks, the Bolts have beaten four teams with winning records.
Rost said he’s aware Stettler has as much talent as any team in the Heritage junior B League. “We can play with any team in this league,” said Rost. “We know that.
“After our start, we’ve got a pretty good winning streak going.”
Earlier in the weekend Stettler wasn’t as fortunate at home, as the visiting High River Flyers beat the Bolts 3-2 at the SRC Friday night.
Rost said Friday’s game was evenly matched and tight scoring, and was tied up going into the third period. The head coach said it was very disappointing losing that game at home by only one goal.
“You’d like to at least get a point out of that,” added Rost.
The head coach said the Lightning are already thinking about their next game coming up Saturday, Dec. 9 versus the Red Deer Vipers. Rost said the Vipers have two defensemen who should be considered elite players.
Facing Red Deer’s power play attack, the Lightning will have to be ultra-disciplined Saturday night to stay out of the penalty box.
Rost said he thinks Stettler can beat Red Deer if the Bolts have all their players on the bench, have solid goaltending and skate hard.
The game is in Red Deer at 8 p.m.