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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Last week in Pincher Creek minor hockey

Novice Chinooks vs Picture Butte Blades
Stories below (updated):
Initiation Chinooks find their feet
Blades edge Novice Chinooks
Atoms Chinooks win big vs Raymond Ice
Bow Island Rebels narrowly defeat Peewee Chinooks
A win and a loss for CNP/Pincher Bantams
Bantam home tournament November 13-15
Midget Huskies defeat Olds

Initiation Chinooks:
2015/16 Initiation Chinooks (C. Davis photos)
Initiation Chinooks find their feet

Chris Davis - I had the pleasure of catching a Pincher Creek Initiation Chinooks practice last weekend.  With some athletes new to the ice and some nearing Novice age, personal improvement is an important part of the game, and the Initiation coaches gave their players skill-appropriate challenges.  Every single Chinook was upright on the ice most of the time.  It's never all of the time in hockey.  A gritty team, the Initiation Chinooks are coming along nicely.  They're scheduled to host a tournament at Pincher Creek's Memorial Community Centre Arena on February 13 and they're making great strides towards being ready for it.

Initiation Chinooks
Novice Chinooks:

Novice Chinooks vs Picture Butte Blades
J. Davis photos/video

Blades edge Novice Chinooks

Josh Davis - The Novice Chinooks took to the ice on Saturday November 7, hosting the Picture Butte Blades. Both teams played a close game, but the Blades eked out a slight lead, claiming a 10-9 victory.



#16 Walker Anderson scored the Chinooks first goal of the game 18 seconds in, assisted by #11 Daxz Vance. The Blades followed this up with two goals of their own: one two minutes in by #17 Carson Konynenbelt, and one by #7 Leeland Fraser with 7:46 on the clock. The Chinooks #19 Hunter Littlebear tied the score up with five minutes left in the period. The Blades scored three goals in the final minute of the first period, one by Konynenbelt, and two by #12 Braxton Hanna. Vance scored the final goal of the period for the Chinooks, with 11 seconds left of the clock.


#16 Walker Anderson scored the first three goals of the period for the Chinooks, Two of these were scored while one man short, and one was assisted by Vance. The Blades scored the next four goals, with one going to Konynenbelt, two scored by Hanna, and one by Fraser. The Chinooks #17 Cashe Kropinak scored the final goal of the period unassisted, with 0:44 left on the clock, bringing the score to 9-7 in the Blades favour. It was still anyone's game going into the third period.



At 18:05 Vance scored a goal of his own, bringing the Chinooks within sight of victory. However, Konynenbelt put in a nice backhand goal. With 3;06 left in the game Vance scored another goal. However, this left the Chinooks one point short of tying up the score, and they didn't get it in the remaining minutes.

Congratulations to Novice Chinooks Coach Cory Anderson, who was named Coach of the Month for October 2015 by Hockey Alberta.  Click here to read that story.



Atoms Chinooks:

Atoms Chinooks vs Raymond Ice
J. Davis photos and video

Atoms Chinooks win big vs Raymond Ice

Josh Davis - Following the above Novice game the Atoms Chinooks faced off against Raymond Ice at the MCC. The game was close in the first two periods, but the Chinooks dramatically outscored the Ice in the third period, winning 13-7.


The Chinooks scored the first three goals of the game. One each to #12, Jaydon Draper, #24 Mayz Vance, and #4 Drew Stuckey assisted by #15 Christian Potts. However, the Ice followed this up with three goals of their own, by #6, Gunner Neslon, #27, Jaken Depew, and #12  Donoven Oisser, tying the score. With 3:56 left on the clock, Draper scored his second goal of the game, bringing the score to 4-3 as the period closed.


Each side scored two goals in the third period, For the Chinooks, there was one scoreed by Draper and one scored by #14 Travis Bastien, assisted by #2 Lane Conley. Following this #68 Kalai Purcell scored, assisted by Nelson. and followed up when Depew scored his second goal of the game. This left the Chinooks still one point up, 6-5.



However, in the third period the Chinooks scored seven goals to the Ice's two. Three of the Chinook's goals went to Vance, two went to Draper, and one each went to Conley and to Stuckey, with assists from Stuckey, Conley, Draper, #11 Jaxon Shenton, #16 Aidan Potts, and #23 Josey Wales Waterchief. 



Peewee Chinooks:

Peewee Chinooks vs Bow Island Rebels
J. Davis photos/video

Bow Island Rebels narrowly defeat Peewee Chinooks

Josh Davis - The final game at the MCC on Saturday November 7 was between the Peewee Chinooks and their Bow Island Rebels counterparts. The game was close, and was decided by a single point. The Rebels ultimately won 4-3.


The game looked really close from the first period. Both teams were playing well, and making shots on the net. With 11:09 left on the clock Rebels #15 Ayden Rooks scored the first goal of the game, assisted by #9 Nicholas Hofmann and #11 Chase Lockhart. The Chinooks tried hard to get a goal in, but were repeatedly stopped by goaltender #31 Landon Porteus, and the period ended with the Rebels in the lead 1-0.


The Chinooks opened up the second period by scoring two goals: one made by #6 Riley Potts, and another made by #12 Alex Comeau, both unassisted. Comeau scored the Chinooks' third goal of the game with 13:17 left on the clock, also unassisted. However, the Chinooks took a two-minute penalty for tripping, and Rebels #6 Nathan Leafloor took the advantage to get a goal on the power play.

The Chinooks gave it their all in the third period, but were unable to get a shot past Porteus. The Rebels scored two goals in this period, one by Rooks, and one by #5 Brinley Degenstein, both unassisted.




A win and a loss for Bantams

CNP/Pincher Bantam home tournament in CNP November 13-15

Chris Davis - The Crowsnest Pass/Pincher Creek Bantam Ducks will be hosting their home tournament this weekend at the Crowsnest Sports Complex in Coleman commencing on Friday November 13 at 6:45 pm against the Foothills Flyers. On Saturday they play against 12:00 against the Airdrie Lightning starting at noon, and against the Cochrane Rockies at 8:00 pm. On Sunday they play at 10:00 am against the Oktotoks Oilers. The tournament final will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday.

A quick plug her for the CNP Novice Thunder - they will be hosting their home tournament at the Coleman rink November 21/22.

Last weekend the Bantam Ducks defeated Chestermere 6-1 on Saturday, and were defeated 7-3 by Redcliff on Sunday.

Spencer Dorge score two unassisted goals for the Ducks in their win against Chestermere and also picked up an assist and a game misconduct. Sante Canderan also scored twice for the Ducks, one of those on a powerplay. Also scoring for the Ducks in that game were Hunter Gudmundson and Matthew Merritt. Additional assists came from Lyndon Ewen, Easton Fitzpatrick, Sam Jordan, and Jace Lewis. The first goal of the game was from Chestermere's Jared Quast, assisted by Harjaap Dhanda. Jace Lewis score two unassisted goals for the Ducks in their game against Redcliff, one of those on a powerplay, and Matthew Merritt scored one unassisted goal for the Ducks.

Midget Huskies defeat Olds:

Chris Davis - The CNP/Pincher Creek Midget Huskies played a home game at the Crowsnest rink on Saturday, November 7, defeating Olds 5-4.  Olds had a strong first period, scoring 3 unanswered goals.  Chase Snider put the Huskies on the board with an empty net goal at the 8:26 mark of the second period, assisted by Brandt Sabo.  That was followed soon after by another empty net Huskies powerplay goal by Levi Anderson, assisted by Snider and Craig Marshall.  Braden Smith scored for Olds to make it 4-2 Olds at the end of the second.  The Huskies scored three unanswered goals in the third.  The first was a powerplay empty netter from Ethan Richards, assisted by Tyson Goodreau and Nic Jordan.  That was followed by an unassisted powerplay empty netter by Craig Marshall and another empty netter by Brandt Sabo, assisted by Keiran Douglas.  5-4 Huskies.

The Huskies now have 6 wins and 1 loss for the season so far.

Levi Anderson of the Huskies is currently the top player for points (20) for the CAHL Midget Tier 3 East. Craig Marshall is the top player for assists, with 10 of them in 7 games, and is also 4th in the tier for points.  Jeremy Kretz is second in the tier for goaltending.  He's also one of two goalies with a shutout so far this season.  Levi Anderson is second for goals, with 12 of them in 6 games, and third for assists with 8 of them in 6 games.

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