Tales from the Timebox: November 1st, 2021
If they had a choice, what would be more exciting for these youngsters? Playing in your very first hockey game ever or going out trick or treating? How about both. For the parents and grandparents I’m sure it would be watching their young boy or girl play their very first hockey game. For the youngster themselves it would be a tough choice. This past weekend the Avalanche U7 team played in its very first hockey game going to St Paul on Saturday morning. Hat tricks for second year players Cohen ‘Big Horn’ Brousseau and Landon ‘Lights Out’ St. Arnault. Kenzie Leathem coming up with some huge highlight saves when it was her turn in net.
The U9 travelled to Vermilion Sunday morning to play their first game of the year. It was the first game ever for a few players including Bentley Hammel and Teraleigh. Grayson ‘Big Bang’ Koppang and Jase ‘the Jackal’ Malo getting some looks around the net but not able to find the twine. Goalie Aspen ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly getting her share of bullets fired at her.
The U 11 hosted Paradise Valley on Saturday to a 5 all tie. Bronko ‘Billy Bob’ Ballas showing off his skills for his grandparents, getting on his horse and stuffing the first four goals into the back of the twine. Hudson ‘the Bull’ Brousseau playing back on defense for this game breaking out of the bullpen and going end to end scoring one. Lennox ‘All Out’ St Arnault with two assists. Liam ‘Dobbie’ Dumont also with a helper. Goalie ‘Major Tom’ Melnyk was tested with the pepper late in the game but did not weaken. Hudson ‘Hammer’ Krankowski and Jaxon ‘Magic’ Marcoux with some terrific back checking to help out the Major.
Early Sunday morning the U11 travelled to St Paul taking one on the chin losing by 10 goals. Bronko Billy Ballas with the only goal for the Avalanche assisted by All Out St. Arnault.
The U 13 played up in Cold Lake Saturday afternoon coming home with a big 7 to 3 win. Kale ‘the Hawk’ Ockerman and Brendan ‘Buzzsaw’ Kadutski lighting it up with two goals each. Wild Wyatt Fontaine with a goal and three assists. Without a Trace Morgan with a goal and an assist. Remington ‘Steel’ Reynolds with a goal. Unsung heros Big D men Jaxon ‘Smitty’ Smith and Boe Dog St. George each with a couple of helpers. Liam Swedgen with an assist.
On Sunday they hosted Marwayne/Dewberry in a real barn burner coming out on top with a 3 to 2 win. Sneaky Without a Trace Morgan was left all alone in front, he banged the first one home assisted by Boe Dog. The game was tied at one all through the second period. Starto f the third period, centreman Wild Wyatt, winning the draw pulled it back to Boe Dog on the point, who blasting one in through the traffic to give the Avalanche a one goal lead. Then Buzzsaw added one assisted by Liam Swedgan and the Hawk to make it 3 to 1.
The Colts not going away would get one late in the third period, then pulled the goalie to try and tie it. Owen ‘Ollie the Goalie’ Grykuliak shutting the door on them. Some persistent fore checking by the little wingers Tristan ‘Bobcat’ Brousseau and Jackson ‘J.R.’ Rawlake creating turnovers. Great game on defense for Kestyn ‘Crocodile’ Quinney slowing down those big horses from Dewberry in their tracks when they came down the stretch.
The U15 Avalanche played two really close games on the weekend winning one by one goal and losing one by one goal. On Friday night they hosted the Vermilion Tigers holding on to this one for a 5 to 4 win. Two goals for Gavin ‘Green Light’ Kadutski including the winner. Quinton Quinney -Dumont with a goal and an assist. Tray Thomas-Calliou with a goal and an assist. ‘Bo Diddley’ Fontaine with a goal. Logan Swedgan, Kaysen ‘Dynamite’ DeMossiac, brothers Madden ‘Mad Dog’ and Kaleb ‘Formula One’ Flammand and the Avalanche’s newly signed player Clayton Toews from Bonnyville all with assists. The Avalanche were winning 5 to 2 after the second period but had a melt down late in the third period coughing up the puck and just barely hanging on for the 5 to 4 win over the Tigers.
On Saturday evening they hosted the Cold Lake Ice. The Ice goalie stealing the show and robbing the boys of the two points. Cold Lake winning 4 to 3 . The boys outshot the Ice 60 to 21 but nothing seemed to fizz on the Ice goalie who was red hot coming up with huge saves. These were quality shots, not just some weak long shots from the point. Our guys outworked the Ice for most of the game. The new energy line of Green Light, Mad Dog and the new guy Toews were clicking and buzzing all night. They played a fantastic game together but just couldn’t find the mesh. Formula One with two goals, Clayton Toews with a goal and an assist. Green Light with two assists. Mad Dog and Brendon ‘Blue Line’ Haesch with one assist each.
The U18 played Friday night at home against the Bonnyville Pontiacs. The game was tied two all after the first period. No scoring in the second period. Then look out. In the first minute in the third period the flood gates opened up and it was busy as heck in the timebox. The Avalanche scoring two goals and taking a penalty. The Pontiacs would reply with a goal on the power play. All of this in the first minute of the third period. The Avalanche gaining the momentum would eventually pull off a 6 to 3 win. Mick Jagger Fontaine with two goals and three assists. Brother ‘Kamikaze Kid’ Kade with two goals and an assist. Plus a ton of big hits. Sam ‘Spiderman’ Rogal with a goal and an assist. Saint Nic Penner with a goal and two assists. Ceajay ‘Quickdraw’ Quinney with and assist and some fancy stick and skate work. Brady ‘the Bulldozer’ Hymanyk coming straight from his football game was providing some great blocks, opening up holes for the speed demon Wildman Wyatt Pavoll; who also just played football late that afternoon. Goalie Vanden ‘Super Mario’ Moroziuk played a super game steering the rubber to the corners.
On Sunday afternoon the U18 travelled to St Paul playing a rough penalty filled game losing 6 to 3. Two of the Canadiens goals scored on the power play while the Avalanche were two men short. Kamikaze Kid Kade with a goal and two assists. Seth ‘Motorman’ Morton with a goal and an assist. Jordy Feland also scoring. Spiderman with a couple of assists. Goalie Trent ‘ Champion ‘ Chartrand between the pipes in this one facing 44 shots.
Out of Town Players
In out of town action. Up in Bonnyville our granddaughter Vienna ‘Little Bug’ Colbourne playing in her very first game as a U9 scored two goals and added an assist. Trust me, this girl is going to be a very scary force to deal with once she learns how to skate better.