Two Midget teams from Stettler faced off with Ponoka opponents over the weekend in one league and one preseason game, with the host Ponoka teams putting up a great effort but failing to win over the visitors.
In the league game on Friday, Oct 10, Stettler’s Legion Storm Blue tied 3-3 with Ponoka’s Fountain Tire Midget A Wolves in the competition of two well-matched squads.
The first period of the game started with both teams trying to impose their pace on the opponent but it was the hosts who opened scoring through Tyson Matejka halfway through the period. The scoreboard stood at 1-0 for the Ponoka side at the end of the first 20 minutes.
The visitors stepped up their game in the second with the Storm equalizing through Quade Cassidy in the first minute and taking the lead again with Cassidy 15 minutes later with a short-handed point. In this period the hosts found it difficult to stop the better skating Stettler team. The period ended with the 2-1 lead for the Storm.
The third period was marked by a comeback effort by the Wolves who scored in quick succession. Matthew Klimec scored unassisted in the eighth minute and Jarret Henderson repeated the feat in less than 90 seconds, giving the lead to the hosts. But the Storm were not in the mood to give in and Matt Sylvester scored in power-play for the visitors tying the game at 3-3.
The game between Stettler Midget C and Ponoka Midget B on Saturday, Oct.11 turned out to be a much rougher game despite being only a preseason match which saw the visiting Stettler side going home with a 7-1 win.
Although it was the Ponoka side that opened the scoring in the 9th minute of the first period through Braeden Korchinski, after that it was all visitors putting the numbers on the scoreboard until the end of the game. Captain Steven MacCrea scored twice and so did Ryan Mielke, with Scott Verhoeven, Ryland Stefanik and Bradley Dads adding one each to the tally.