It’s been a busy week for the Stettler Peewee teams, as the Peewee A Dairy Queen Storm started provincial playdowns against Camrose, and both peewee teams took part in their home tournament over the weekend.
The Peewee A Storm hosted Camrose on Tuesday, Jan. 24 in the first of a two-game, total score series, winning 4-2. The next playdown game is Feb. 6 in Camrose.
The Stettler Peewee B Kinsmen Storm emerged from the Stettler Peewee tournament unbeaten, taking the championship with a decisive 7-0 win over Okotoks on Sunday, Jan. 29.
Ten teams from all over Alberta converged on the Stettler Recreation Centre for the tournament, which had both A and B divisions. Participating teams came from Okotoks, Airdrie, Wainwright, Barrhead, Lacombe, Rocky Mountain House and Blackfalds.
According to Wendy Staal, one of the tournament organizers, the tournament went smoothly and was a success.
“We had 157 players taking part in 19 games between Friday and Sunday,” she said.
Staal said feedback from the participants was glowing, with positive reviews about the organization, cleanliness of the facilities, and the even balance of talent.
“Most of the scores were pretty tight scores,” Staal said. “The championship game was unusual in its one-sidedness.”
Stettler Bantam A beats Killam
Stettler Bantam A team played a two-game total point series, beating Killam 5-4 in an away game and 6-5 at home in Stettler on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
“The boys played just as we expected them to,” said Duncan Babchuk, head coach. “We were tiered very well and being a tier III team overcame Killam, a tier II team.”
According to Babchu, some of the boys had never played in provncial playdowns.
“Some of our boys have never faced provincial playdowns, and we said to them, think of these two games as Olympics,” Babchuk added. “And they went in there, pumped. We’re really happy.”
The Bantam A are waiting to see who they play next.
Regular minor hockey action
The Stettler Atom A Elks Storm were in Rocky Mountain House on Saturday, Jan. 28, where they lost 5-2 to the home team.
On Saturday, the Stettler Atom B DYMY Storm headed to Lacombe, where they won 8-2. On Sunday, Jan. 29, the team travelled to Innisfail, where they lost in a close 3-2 game.
The Stettler Atom C Kal Tire Storm were in Rocky Mountain House on Saturday, where they lost 3-8. Sunday saw the team take on Rocky Mountain House again, where they lost 11-6.
The Stettler Female Storm were in Camrose on Saturday, where they won 5-2.
The Stettler Peewee tournament kept the Storm out of regular play, though the Stettler Peewee Female Storm headed to Camrose. Unfortunately, scores from that game were not available by press time.
The Stettler Bantam ScotiaBank Storm were in Lacombe on Friday, Jan. 27, where they lost 6-3. On Saturday, Jan. 28, the team headed to Chestermere, where they suffered an 8-1 defeat. Stettler’s Bantam team finally scored a win on Sunday, Jan. 30, when they hosted Airdrie. Stettler won 9-4.
The Stettler Bantam Female Storm hosted Leduc on Sunday, Jan. 29, winning 6-4.
The Stettler Midget B Vortex Storm were in Rimbey on Friday, Jan. 27, where they won 6-4. Their luck didn’t continue to Saturday’s game in Cochrane, where they lost 13-3 to the home team.