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Tales from the Timebox: February 15th, 2022

U18 Avalanche

Most teams play better in their own barn.  They are used to the condition of the ice, the way the puck bounces off the glass and boards, and the hometown crowd of course cheering them on. The perfect example was this past week.  The U18 Avalanche team split games with the Vermilion Tigers losing on the road in the middle of the week, but winning against the same team at home on Saturday night.  Playing in Vermilion on Wednesday they lost 9 to 4. ‘Mick Jager’ Fontaine with two goals and two assists. His brother ‘Kamakaze Kid’ Kade with a goal and two assists. Seth ‘Motorman’ Morton with a goal . Owen ‘Fonzie’ Fontaine with an assist.

On Saturday night here at home against the same team the Avalanche won five to two. Four of the goals were scored on the power play which really seemed to be clicking that night. Sam ‘ Spiderman’ Rogal with two goals. Mick Jager’ celebrating his 17th birthday with a goal and an assist. Jordy ‘Foxy’ Feland with a goal and an assist. Kamikaze Kid with a goal and an assist. Two assists for Timmy John Jr. the free-wheeling defenseman ‘Saint Nic’ Penner with a goal.


U15 Avalanche

It was billed as the game of the week and it turned out to be just as good as advertised. No, not talking about the Super Bowl on Sunday, I’m talking about the U15 hockey game here on Saturday! The last time these two teams met in Provost the U15 Avalanche came home, not only losing the game, but also losing a few players to injuries.

This past Saturday afternoon the Avalanche hosted the Provost Blades in what turned out to be another real rock’em, sock’em rough hard fought battle right to the bitter end. The good news is, the Avalanche won 5 to 2. The Blades took the early one to nothing lead all the way through the first period and right until midway through the second period. That’s when, while  the Avalanche were killing off a penalty at the time, ‘Bo Diddley’ Fontaine aggressively stripped the puck off their defenseman in front of their net and scored. Five minutes later the Avalanche took a one goal lead when Clayton ‘Cha Ching’ Toews scored one on the power play, assisted by Gavin ‘Green Light’ Kadutski.  But then, early in the third the Blades would tie it up again at two all. Not over yet. Then it was Tray ‘Scooby Doo’ Thomas Calliou giving the Avalanche the lead once more, this one assisted by the relentless forechecking from team captain Kaleb ‘Formula One’ Flamand and Green Light. Soon after Bo Diddley scored his second goal of the game, the same way as his first goal. Bo Diddley pick pocketed the Blades defenseman once more. Soon after that goal, the Avalanche put the final nail into the coffin when Cha Ching notched his second of the game assisted once more by the tandem defensemen Green Light and Raif ‘Rug Rat’ Evans Anderson.

Ask any Oilers fan. Goaltending is a key to winning. Without good goaltending you’re hooped. One of the biggest reasons the Avalanche won this game was the stella play of goaltender Ales ‘Plywood’ Patterson. Plywood was outstanding in this one coming up with some real highlight saves. And let’s not forget our unsung heroes, the defenseman. Big D Man ‘Cyclone Cole’ Pierce with his long reaching stick did a great job in this game poke checking and intercepting their passes, chipping the puck up the ice  out of danger.


U13 Avalanche

Nothing can stop an Avalanche when it starts to gather momentum as the U13 team has lately. The U13 travelled to Marwayne on Saturday taking on the Dewberry/Marwayne Colts,  coming back home a few hours later with a 8 to 4 win. A hat trick for ‘Wild Wyatt’ Fontaine who also added a helper. ‘Without a Trace’ Morgan with two goals and two assists. Jaxon ‘Smitty’ Smith with a goal and an assist. Brendan ‘Buzzsaw’ Kadutski with a goal. Tristan ‘Bobcat’ Brousseau and Jackson ‘J.R.’ Rawlake with one assist each.

Then on Super Bowl Sunday they rolled over Chauvn 11 to 3. A hat trick for Wild Wyatt. Two goals each for the Bobcat, Without a Trace and Remington ‘Steel’ Reynolds. ‘Boe Dog’ St. George and Liam ‘Sledgehammer’ Swedgen getting on the score sheet with one goal each. Buzzsaw and Kale ‘the Hawk’ Ockerman doing all the dirty work with three assists each.


U11 Avalanche

The U11 hosted Bonnyville on Sunday taking one on the chin 9 to 3 . Hudson ‘the Bull’ Brousseau with a goal and two assists. ‘The Red Baron’ Ava Rawlake was flying high with a goal and an assist. William ‘Billy Bob’ Ballas with a goal.


U9 Avalanche

The U9 played early on Saturday morning here at home against the Cold Lake Ice. Stetson ‘Shack’ Reynolds getting the call with the goaltending duties had a fantastic game facing 59 shots. Jase ‘the Jackal’ Malo and Tor ‘the Tornado’ Aarbo with two goals each. Aspyn ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly, ‘Jumbo Jay’ Large, Jadyn ‘the Shark’ Sakowsky and ‘General Lee’ Barstad with some terrific forechecking all with assists. ‘Commander Thomas’ Morris, Grayson ‘Big Bang’ Koppang, Bentley ‘the ‘Bomber’ Hammel and Charlie ‘Chickadee’ Davis were all very solid on the defense.



U7 Avalanche



Th U7 team has had a great year and  have decided that they have had enough games for all the little gaffers. They played their last game of the season up in Mallaig on Saturday morning. Landon ‘ Lights Out ‘ St. Arnault and Cohen ‘ Big Horn’ Brousseau both scoring a number of goals. Head coach Devin Moneta said that he was impressed with the improvement of all his players and how the competitiveness is starting to kick in.  I would say we are too. Big thanks to Devin and his assistants, Daniael Brousseau, Lynden Krankowski and Jeff Oracheski for their patience in teaching skills to these youngsters.


Pond Hockey

In Pond Hockey this past weekend the team travelled to Myrnam playing on natural ice for the first time against a strong team. Frank Killiam scoring the majority of the goals followed by Ty Pavoll with two. Allyson Rybchinsky scoring her second of the season. Harley George scored her first goal every. Matthew ‘Red Rider’ Rybchinsky between the pipes standing on his head a few times. Thanks to former Avalanche goalie Colton Van Maarion for teaching Red Rider some tricks of the trade. The final score 8 to 3 in favor of the Elk Point Oil Barons giving them a 4 and 4 record. This weekend they will be playing at home against Vermilion.


About Doug Bassett

As Elk Point's resident sportshound, Doug Bassett has been actively involved in the local sports scene for over 30 years. He's been writing sports reports on local amateur sports starts for 20 years. Down-to-earth honest sports reporting, Doug will bring you updates on the sports that matter the most; your kids! Known for giving every kid on the team a unique nickname and highlighting their attributes, Doug will make sure you're up-to-date with scores, games, and locker room antics!