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Monday , 29 November 2021

Lakeland sports roundup: RJ Lalonde busy with junior, senior, female hockey

Bonnyville Pontiacs excite, earn point in OT loss

Fans were treated to another thrilling Bonnyville Pontiacs performance on Saturday night, rallying to score two goals from Sebastian Tamburro in the final two minutes, but fell short in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Drumheller Dragons. 

The Pontiacs went 0-2 on the weekend losing to the Blackfalds Bulldogs on home ice. The Yaks stay at home this week for a chance to regroup against the Grande Prairie Storm for a pair of games. 

Provincial football 

The St. Paul Lions playoff hopes were vanquished on Saturday as the football team travelled to Grande Prairie to play the number one ranked Sexsmith Sabres in Provincial quarterfinals. 

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Despite scoring an early touchdown, the Sabres won the contest 29-7 and will advance to the semifinals. 

St. Paul was the Tier IV area representative after beating the Wainwright Commandos the previous week. 

Local girls play at home in U15AA Steelers game

The Lloydminster Richardson’s Jewelry U15AA Junior Steelers lost 4-3 to the St. Albert Chargers playing at the RJ Lalonde arena. 

It was a home game for three girls from Bonnyville: Brooklyn Vachon, Tahlia Vasseur, Kalie Cole and Charlotte Sandmeyer from Glendon. 

The Steelers exploded out of the gates scoring three goals in the first 10 and a half minutes, Vachon potting the 2-0 goal. But after a goaltender change, the Chargers turned the game around, drawing level early in the third period, before getting the go-ahead goal with 2:54 remaining. 

Vasseur made 35 of 39 saves in the effort. The night before, the Steelers beat the Edmonton Pandas 5-2. 

Jr. Canadiens sit first place in the NEAJBHL

The St. Paul Jr. Canadiens demolished the Lloyd Bandits 15-3 on Saturday. Three players had 6 points (Nicolas Beaudoin, Kurtis Labant, and Kyler Steinhauer-Morin). The Junior Canadiens are rolling right now. They beat the Vermilion Tigers 4-1 on Friday and have the NEAJBHL’s best record of 10-2-1. 

The Cold Lake Junior B Ice went 2-1 on the weekend, picking up an impressive 6-4 road victory against the Wainwright Bisons, before coming back on Sunday and narrowly losing 6-5 to the Lac La Biche Clippers. 

The Clippers lost the night before to the Killam Wheat Kings 7-4.   

Sr. Yaks get first win of the season

The Bonnyville Sr. Pontiacs got their first win this weekend, but fell in the their home game on Sunday. 

Captain Lucas Isley had 2 goals and 2 assists as the Seniors used six different goal scorers to pick up an 8-2 victory. 

On Sunday their fortunate did not continue losing 11-5 to the Morinville Kings. Their record is 1-4. 

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.