Bonnyville Pontiacs win two games at home
The Bonnyville Jr A Pontiacs had a successful weekend, at home at the RJ Lalonde arena on Friday evening against Olds and Sunday afternoon against Sherwood Park. Head Coach of the Pontiacs, Rick Swan says it was a well-rounded weekend and the club is happy to collect those points; especially so close to the post season.
Friday vs Olds
With a full crowd in the stands, it was anti-bullying night at the RJ Lalonde arena on Friday evening as the Olds Grizzlys roared into town. Their growl may have been loud, but their bite… none existent, as the Pontiacs shut them out 2-0. “We wanted to make sure that we allowed ourselves to push the pace, offensively. The game plan, to make sure that we do that, is that when we go back into our own zone, our D are moving the puck to allow our forwards to create a lot of offensive territorial play,” Coach Swan says the practices leading into the weekend really focused on how to create offensive opportunities.
We only get in trouble when we don’t move pucks. -Rick Swan Head Coach Bonnyville Jr A Pontiacs
Right off the start, the Yaks were strong offensively, with 16 shots on net to Olds’ six. Isaac Saniga would take home the game star for the Pontiacs for putting up both of the hometown goals. One at 11:05 in the first period, on the power play, from Alden Dupuis and Erik Donald and then unassisted at 8:49 in second.
The Pontiacs continued to out shoot the Grizzlys 44 – 20 at the end of the game. “As the season moves on, in the next nine games, we’re going to see more playoff style games. We out shoot teams two to one and we’re getting offensive opportunities.”
Saturday vs Sherwood Park
No love lost between the Bonnyville Pontiacs and visiting Sherwood Park Crusaders. These two teams have a tumultuous relationship… to say the least. With six goals from five different players, it was a well-round 6-1 win for the Pontiacs on Sunday afternoon.
“Our best players, were our best players. These are the guys that we count on to carry the team, on a nightly basis. They all took a step and allowed the complementary guys on our team to also support, extremely well,” head coach, Rick Swan, says the leadership core was on full display against the Crusaders.
The Pontiacs started to really flow following a tough first period, which saw a Crusaders goal at 16:32, from Ty Readman. Sherwood Park’s lead would hold until five minutes left in second, when PJ Marrocco tied it up, with help from Zach Aston and Garin Butler. It was all Yaks firing range after that, Dylan Stewart with the go-ahead and game winner, from Brendan Holterhus and Gen Bryshun. Bryshun followed it up with a power play goal from Riley Smith to exit the second with a nice two goal lead for the Pontiacs.
Continue to stay with it and eventually we are going to get rewarded. – Rick Swan Head Coach Bonnyville Jr A Pontiacs
Fan favourite, Alden Dupuis put in an unassisted goal less than a minute into the third period. The momenteum carried for the remaining 19 minutes of the game, with a shorty for captain Ryan Symington from Derek Brown and Carter Rhine and a power play goal from Stewart from Symington and Derek Brown, to finish the game 6-1 for the Pontiacs.
The Pontiacs are on the road next, Friday in Spruce Grove to take on the Saints. The Fort McMurray Oil Barons will be at the RJ Lalonde arena for a 2:00 pm start on Sunday. WIN tickets to the game, thanks to Lake City Coach on LCN!