Tales from the Timebox: November 30th, 2021
It was about time these boys pulled off a win. Not that they had played badly or anything like that. They just didn’t seem to have that killer instinct. Not until this past Friday night anyway. The U 15 played Friday night at home winning their first game of the regular season over the Kitscoty Knights. The previous four games had all ended in a tie, but not this one. The Avalanche took an early lead and then put a choke hold on the Knights. The Avalanche winning 7 to 2 and wishing a good night to the Knights! The best part of all, it was a total team effort. The scoring was done by a committee of players. Tray “Scooby Doo” Thomas – Calliou with 2 goals and 2 assists. “Top Gunner” Crawford with a goal and an assist. Timmy “the Tank” Cardinal, “Bo Diddley” Fontaine, Quinton “Rampage” Quinney-Dumont and Kaysen “Dynamite” DeMoissac all scoring one goal each. A basket full of apples from team captain Kaleb “Formula One” Flamand and his brother Madden “Mad Dog” Flamand with 2 each. Clayton “Cha Ching” Toews and Gavin “Green Light” Kadutski both with an assist.
The U 15 game scheduled for Sunday afternoon against Glendon was cancelled due to the freezing rain earlier in the day. I’m not surprised the game was call off. It was icy enough to play it on the arena parking lot.
The U 18 only played one game this past weekend and it was also on Friday night up in Cold Lake. The game ending in a three all tie. Seems to be a lot of tied games to start off this year. I guess in a way it means the teams are in the right tier. The Fontaine brothers doing all the scoring for the Avalanche. Mick Jagger with two goals and an assist. Brother “Kamikaze Kid” Kade with a goal. Owen Fontaine, Sam “Spiderman” Rogal and Josef “the Big Red Machine” Theriault with the assists. Goaltender Trent ‘ Champion’ Chartrand was solid in this one between the pipes.
The U 13 team played against the Marwayne/Dewberry Colts at home on Saturday at 6pm. The last time these two teams met a few weeks ago it was a real barn burner that ended in a 4 all tie. Maybe because this game time changed from noon to 6 pm it gave our team more time to get charged up.
Or maybe the threat of a bag skate at practice motivated them. Regardless, the Avalanche came out flying and never looked back. The game was really close for the first 15 minutes with lots of shots at both ends of the rink, but no scoring. Then with three minutes left in the first period, the sniper Remington “Steel” Reynolds opened the scoring with his first of two goals. Pulling the trigger on a nice one timer set up in front by Brendan “Buzzsaw” Kadutski. In the second period defenseman, Kale “the Hawk” Ockerman going coast to coast doing it all alone scoring the second goal of the game. Then it was ‘Without a Trace Morgan going top shelf where his mom keeps the cookies. Trace scored two in the second period the same way. Both of them nice wristers top shelf. And then added another in the third to give him a hat trick. The third one was just plain hard work. Carrying the puck down the wing with two guys hanging off of him, Trace pushing hard, did a B line to the net and buried the puck five hole. The Colts goalie who played really well, robbing Wild Wyatt Fontaine a few times, but he finally banged one home too, late in the third period. The final 7 to 2 for the Avalanche. Our guy “Ollie the goalie” Owen Grykuliak didn’t face near as many shots, but some of them were really tricky and required some cat like quick side to side reflexes. And called up from the U 11 farm team at the last minute to fill a roster spot, and playing on a line with his big brother, Hudson ‘the Bull’ Brousseau didn’t look out of place at all.
On Sunday at noon, it was more of the same for the U13 team. The Avalanche had lost to Cold Lake last week 3 to 2. It was a new day and they came to play. Jackson ‘ J.R. Rawlake in the right place at the right time, on the doorstep hammering the first one into the mesh. J.R. adding an assist later in the game. Wild Wyatt with a hat trick and two assists. Remington Steel with two goals and two assists. Buzzsaw with two goals and two assists. Without a Trace with a goal. Playing up on the forward line for this game Jaxon ‘ Smitty’ Smith with his long reach and stride getting a couple of helpers. Almost scoring but not quite, Liam ‘ Sledge Hammer’ Swedgen, fanning on a couple of good chances, but he added three assists. Two -way player Tristin Bobcat’ Brousseau with two helpers and a trip over to the sin bin to visit his mom the scorekeeper. Unsung hero’s on the blue line ‘Boe Dog’ St. George and Kestyn ‘ Crocodile ‘ Quinney both with assists.
The U 11 team were on a pretty good roll this past weekend too. Losing a close one on Saturday and then coming from behind to tie the game on Sunday. On Saturday they hosted Provost losing by a 7 to 4 score. The week before in Provost they had lost by a whole lot more. “Bronco Billy” William Ballas with a hat trick. Theo “Long Horn” Loughran – Quinney with a goal and two assists.
On Sunday they played Mallaig tying this one 5 all with only 10 second left on the clock. Bronco Billy with two goals and adding two assists. Long Horn with the tying goal in the dying seconds and two beautiful set ups on both of Bronco Billy’s goals. The big power forward Jaxon ‘ Magic’ Marcoux powering his way to the cage with a goal. Holding out for more cash, newly signed Ryder “Rhino” Malo, looking like he never missed a beat with a goal and an assist. Hudson “the Bull” Brousseau on the blue line for half the game, then up front at center ice for the second half of the game, with an assist. On the blueline the little rookies, Lennox ‘ All Out’ St. Arnault , Hudson “the Hammer” Krankowski and Ava “the Red Baron” Rawlake were fantastic at holding the puck in the zone. Great for- checking by Liam “Dobbie” Dumont who’s come a long way from a few weeks ago. Same as Kendall Morin and Derrace Kitchemokaman, both of their skating is improving week by week. Goaltender “Major Tom” Melnyk played in both games this past weekend and as usual came up with some monster timely saves to keep the team in the games
That’s a wrap for this week, but remember to be good because Santa is watching!