Tales from the Timebox: October 23rd, 2019
Friday night is a great night for minor hockey and the fans filled the barn to the rafters when the Bantam Avalanche hosted the Provost Blades their second pre season game.
Last weekend the Avalanche took an easy win over the Lac La Biche Clippers, but were expecting a much bigger challenge with the Blades. These are the games that will decide which tier a team will play in for the regular season.
Two all after the first twenty minutes, the shots on goal were almost equal. Fontaine brothers ‘Mic Jager’ and ‘Kid Kade’ with one goal each. The brothers playing on the same line assisting on each other.
Sam ‘Spiderman’ Rogal with a helper as well on the second goal. In the second period Spiderman and the Kid throwing their weight around opening up the ice for Mic who scored two more giving him the hat trick. The first one assisted by the Kid and Spiderman.
Cea Jay Quinney, who really sprouted up over the summer, has some fast wheels and great moves when he carries the puck. He assisted on Mic’s third goal.
The scored 6 to 4 after 40 minutes, the Blades had changed goalies halfway through the game and their second guy seemed to be a bit stronger.
No scoring for the Avalanche in the third period, the Blades adding two, the final 8 to 4 for the Blades.
The Avalanche not badly outplayed or out classed. Just a few break downs in their own end was the difference and the coaching staff can start working on that. Shots were very close at 47 to 41.
Size matters? Our team has good size overall. In fact we have a couple of our guys are really tall and broad and that can be intimating to other teams. But we also have a few smaller guys like Ryan ‘Ram Rod’ Cameron. He’s a small player physically, but this guy has a monster heart and was right in the corners mixing it up with the big guys.
Another new smaller player, who’s playing on a competitive team for the first time ever, Rylee Anderson was trying really hard and showed a lot of hustle and desire. With a little work on his skating this guy looks like he could be a real effective player by the end of the year.
Bantams vs Cold Lake
On Saturday the Bantam’s travelled to Cold Lake losing a close one 2 to 1. No scoring in the first period. Josef ‘Red’ Theriault with the only goal in the second assisted by the Spiderman and Landon the ‘Magnificent’ Malachowski.
The Ice finding the mesh with two in the third period, the Avalanche unable to reply. The Fontaine brothers who took the Referee clinic on Saturday all day missing in this one. But did a really good job officiating at home for the Peewee and Atom games Saturday night .
The Atom Avalanche easily defeating the Mallaig Monarchs 12 to 2 Saturday night. Not a lot of competition here but this is one of the preseason tiering games.
Last week, the Atoms were on the losing end of the same type of game. Defenseman Braylee ‘Wee Willy’ Lesyk getting the green light weaving through the team like pylons scoring four unassisted goals. He also assisted on four other goals to boot. I always like seeing the D Men rush with the puck as long as they can get back in time and know when to pass or at least flip it into the corner instead of losing it to the opposition and getting caught with the whole team standing flat footed.
‘Without a Trace’ Morgan and Brendan ‘Buzz Saw’ Kadutski both scoring a hat trick and adding one assist each. Kestyn Quinney in the right spot on the door step tipping one in and big ‘Boe Dog’ St. George airmailing a long bomb home from the point. Kale ‘the Hawk’ Ockerman behind the mask wasn’t very busy, only 13 shots in the whole game, but came up big a couple of times when the defense got caught on a line change. This type of game is harder for a goalie to stay focused.
Atoms vs. Kitscoty
On Sunday the Atoms traveled to Kitscoty losing this one 6 to 3. Brendan ‘Buzz Saw’ Kadutski, Jackson J.R. Rawlake, and Denys ‘the Menice’ Kuba scoring for the Avalanche. Two assists for ‘Notorious’ Nolan Ballas, Jaxon ‘Smitty’ Smith and Braylee Lesyk with one assist each.
The Peewee Avalanche hit the ice fast and furious against the Kitscoty Knights after the Atom game winning 6 to 4. A fantastic game for Goalie ‘Goodyear Charlie’ Lesyk especially in the third period when he said good night to the Knights.
Goodyear is another small player with a huge heart. He has a lot of net to cover, especially the top shelf, but he’s fast as a cat getting from side to side in a hurry. He will need to stand as tall as he possible can with some of the snipers he’s bound to meet in the Peewee league.
His defensive core doing a great job too. ‘Hurricane Kayl’ Warawa for instance stopping a two on one with a nice poke check. Two other D Men , Raif ‘Rug Rat’ Evans Anderson and ‘Cyclone Cole’ Pierce carrying the puck up across the blue line a few times too.
This team has 16 skaters and the coaches did a great job of turning over the three plus lines and keeping the pressure on. The lines also seemed very well balanced as the goal scoring was spread out amongst all of them. Six different goal scorers.
One goal each for Brayden ‘Pinball’ Pinette, Timmy Joe Cardinal, Madden ‘Mad Dog’ Flamand, ‘Top Gunner’ Crawford, Ella ‘Stellar’ Ballas, and ‘Bo Diddley’ Fontaine. ‘Top Gunner’ and Kaleb ‘Formula One’ Flamand with two assists each.
Evett ‘Snoop Dog’ Smereka, Bo Diddley and Brendon ‘Blue Line’ Haesch with one helper each .
Trystn Sakowsky playing in his very first game showing a lot of heart and desire forechecking hard.
Peewees vs Paradise Valley
On Sunday the Peewees traveled to Paradise Valley winning 5 to 3. The last goal was into an empty net by Kaleb ‘Formula One’ Flamand giving him a hat trick when P.V. pulled the goalie for the extra attacker trying to tie the game.
His brother the Mad Dog and Top Gunner with one goal each. One assist each for Bo Diddley Fontaine and the unsung hero’s on defense Spencer ‘Goldie Locks’ Malachowski and Gavin ‘Giver’ Kadutski who both giver 100 percent all the time.
K. A. Campbell quote of the week. “Kid I don’t know how much they’re paying you , but it’s not enough.” -Bruins defenseman Ted Green (who just recently passed away) to a young rookie Bobby Orr