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Elk Point Avalanche U7 team.


Tales From the Timebox: November 7, 2021

Not too much can top watching your young son or daughter, or for that matter, grandson or granddaughter play in their very first hockey game. The U7s played their very first home game this past Saturday against Glendon in front of their proud parents and grandparents. Kenzie ‘Cookie’ Leathem scored her very first goal ever. Lots of goals and some huge smiles for Cohen ‘Big Horn’ Brousseau and Landon ‘Lights Out‘ St. Arnault had a few goals and some great defense.

Taking after his dad, the head coach Devin’s son, Lawson Moneta with some break- away’s just missing the net, he’s got the genes to light it up. Rosaleigh’s skating has already improved from last week. Good hustle from Bayne Widdop and Lynden Oracheski. Trying to keep up with his big brother, Gavin ‘Badger’ Brousseau with some good hustle and some big time saves.

The U9s hosted Mallaig this past Saturday. The game was fairly even making for a very entertaining game. Stetson’ Shack’ Reynolds scoring two goals and Cousin Tor ‘The Tornado’ Aarbo and Jase ‘the Jackal’ Malo with one goal each. Grayson ‘Big Bang’ Koppang in net making a bunch of highlight saves. Aspen ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly, ‘General Lee’ Barstad and Jaydn ‘the Shark’ Sakowski had a lot of great chances around the net, but the Mallaig goalie was always in the right spot doing a good job of keeping the puck out. Jay Large was doing a fantastic job of forechecking and backchecking. Bentley Hammel in only his second game ever handled the puck a few times shooting it down the ice with a great big smile on his face. 

The U11 team had a rare weekend off. What? A weekend off to do something other than hockey? 

The party is over now. Time to get down to serious business. The last three weeks our teams spend playing games to see what tier they fit into. Time will tell how well the league did in placing them. 

The U13s hosted Bonnyville in a nail biter of a game that was intense right up to the final buzzer. The game was tied at 4 all until 1.27 left in the third period when Remington ‘Steel’ Reynolds riding shotgun with centerman ‘Wild’ Wyatt Fontaine pulled the trigger scoring his second goal of the game to give the Avalanche the one goal lead. Both of Remington’s goals were assisted by his sidekick Wild Wyatt. Wild Wyatt also scored one earlier in the third period doing it all on his own unassisted. ‘Without a’ Trace Morgan also scored two goals earlier in the game both of his unassisted and assisted on the first goal of the game by Liam ‘Sedgehammer’ Swedgan. Brendan ‘Buzzsaw’ Kadutski with two assists in this game. Owen ‘Ollie the Goalie’ Grykuliak shut the door on the Pontiacs for the big win. 

On Sunday the U13s hosted Mallaig at noon. The league may have to do some tweaking to this tier. Both teams are entered in tier three, but the Avalanche hammered the Monarchs 10 to zip. Four goals for Buzzsaw. Two goals each for Tristin  ‘Bobcat’ Broussseau and Without a Trace. Remington ‘Steel’ and Wild Wyatt adding one each. Kale ‘the Hawk’ Ockerman with three assists. Defenseman Jaxon ‘ Smitty’ Smith and Boe Dog St. George also on the sheet with assists. 

This match up looks to be right on. The U15s hosted Bonnyville to a two all tie Sunday afternoon. Gavin ‘Green Light’ Kadutski and ‘ Top Gunner’ Crawford the goal scorers for the Avalanche. Tray Thomas – Calliou, Kaysen ‘Dynamite’ DeMossiac and Kaleb ‘Formula One’ Flamand with the assists. Our old friend ‘Goodyear Charlie’ Lesyk in net for the Pontiacs faced 36 shots and wouldn’t let the boys have any freebees. 

The U18 played in the Border City on Saturday and this game could have went either way. A good match up with the shots fairly close in the end. The final score 3 to 1 for the Blazers. Mick Jagger Fontaine with the only Avalanche goal assisted by Sam ‘Spiderman’ Rogal and ‘Saint’ Nic Penner.

On Sunday the U 18 hosted Marwayne/ Dewberry in a match that seemed a little one sided, the Avalanche losing this one 7 to 1. The game sheet has them listed as tier 2/3 so some moving of teams may still be happening. Logan Lemay scoring for the Avalanche assisted by Seth ‘Motorman’ Morton and Owen Fontaine.

Like I said earlier, not too much can top watching your grandkids play. Bode ‘the Hound Dog’ Bassett, our 11 year old grandson from Camrose was playing in St Paul this past Saturday against the AA U 13 Lakeland Panthers. Bode is a first year D-man who doesn’t get any glory for scoring goals, but seems to like the rough stuff around the net and in the corners just like his daddy Jordan did! 

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.