Pictured: Riley Warwara with the Heart & Hustle Award
Tales from the Timebox: February 19th, 2019
Normally on the Family Day weekend there’s not much that goes on at the A.G. Ross Arena other than on Family Day itself when the town sponsors free skating and free burgers. Most of the teams shut it down and go off with their family on vacation. But this past Family Day weekend our A.G Ross Arena was packed all weekend long with the Ronald McDonald Winterland Invitational Tournament. None of our own teams had entered soon enough, but we did make an awesome host. Thanks to Murray Cochrane for getting on this last summer and making the commitment to host and to Tara Cameron, who not only spent three full days at the Arena as the chairman, but lots of time before hand to line-up all the volunteers. Thanks to all the volunteers. The money raised not only goes to the Ronald McDonald House but helped tremendously in our own arena concession and ice fees.
Two of our teams did play this past weekend. The Atoms were required by the league to play the best out of three playoff game against the league leading Frog Lake T Birds. The games had to be completed by Monday. The T Birds finished in first place therefore had venue and the first game was in their arena on Friday night. Not sure what our parents fed the kids that day, but they came out flying and ready to play winning the 7-0.
Not only did they win, but everyone on the team contributed. Madden ‘Mad Dog’ Flamand opened the floodgates with the first one three minutes into the first period. Steady D man ‘Boe Dog’ St. George with his first two goals of the year. He also added an assist. Kale ‘the Hawk’ Ockerman flying high, eyeballed one into the net and set up one. Everett ‘Snoop Dog’ sniffing around the crease buried one and assist on one. Rhyley ‘Clutch’ Kozicky coming through with one. Braylee ‘Wee Willy’ Lesyk did some terrific forechecking and backchecking getting the green light and getting with one too. Forwards ‘Without a Trace’ Morgan, ‘Notorious Nolan’ Ballas and Brendan ‘Buzz Saw’ Kadutski all doing a terrific job of for checking and forcing turnovers, each with an assist. Goalie ‘Goodyear Charlie’ Lesyk was awesome in this game getting the shutout.
Somehow on Saturday night the Atoms managed to squeeze in a game after the tournament was done for the day. Saturday night at 7.30 pm they played the second game. Winning this one would put the top team the T Birds out of the playoffs. Our guys played well and kept the game close but couldn’t quite put the nail in the coffin losing 3-1. Mad Dog all alone the only goal scorer for the Avalanche getting his late in the third period. The T Birds top line scoring three.
On Sunday night another late one for the Avalanche , this time in Frog Lake at 7:30. The team battled hard and made a game of it but in the end the top line from the T Birds was just too much for us to handle the final 5-3 for the T Birds, eliminating the Avalanche from advancing. The Avalanche do have some exhibition games lined up in the near future against some tier two teams as they prepare to host the Atom D Provincial finals in March, and still have to play one series for the zone to determine the zone two winner.
The Midget Avalanche played a couple of league games this past weekend with a short bench due to some players being banged up from the weekend before. Friday night in Marwayne they lost a close one 3-2. Team Captain Nick ‘Sparky’ Anderson with a goal and an assist, Evan ‘Batman’ Ockerman doing the same one goal and one assist. Jaden ‘Jet Stream’ Van Maarion with an assist as well.
On Saturday, the boys won in Kitscoty in another close battle 6-5. Sparky with two goals and an assist. Jet Stream and ‘Lightning Liam’ Ludlage with one goal and two assists each. Hayden ‘Hot Wheels’ Ludlage with a goal and an assist. Talented D man Charlie ‘Chuckles’ Rogal with a goal. Unsung heroes on the defensive line Batman and his partner in crime Jace ‘the Stafford Streak’ each with an assist and numerous blocked shots. Dallas ‘Cowboy’ Bristow on the for-check with an assist.
This coming week the boys will play in the second round of provincials against Cold Lake. The two game total point series will be in Cold Lake on Wednesday night and back here on Thursday at 8pm. Come out and cheer on our boys.
Out of town players
In out of town provincial action the St Paul Canadiens Bantam team with Landon ‘the Magnificent’ Malchowski and ‘Mick Jager’ Fontaine in the lineup defeated Kitscoty this past weekend in provincial round robin and will go on to meet their old teammate Vanden ‘Super Mario’ Moroziuk and the Bonnyville Pontiacs who defeated Redwater. This should be a good one, but only one of the teams will go on to the next round. Down in Olds, this past weekend, Rylee ‘the Rocket’ Warawa and Jadey ‘the Lady’ Capjack played in a Bantam Female tournament . The Rocket received the Heart and Hustle Award in one of their games.
Now for the K.A. Campbell quote of the week. “You cannot blame circumstances for any failure. The ultimate power lies within you to fearlessly conquer challenges for you achievements.” – Lailah Gifty Akita