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Pincher Creek's Novice Chinooks hosted Cardston's Thunder at the MCC arena on Halloween morning, October 31 for a Spud League seeding round game. The Chinooks dominated the game throughout, winning by a wide margin, their second win from two starts for the season and their first at-home game. The next day they travelled to Crowsnest Pass, and were defeated 11-9 by the Crowsnest Pass Thunder, a close contest that bodes well for seeing these teams compete with each other again during the regular season.
Scoring four times for the Chinooks were Daxz Vance (who also got an assist), #17 Cashe Kropinak, #16 Walker Anderson, and #19 Hunter Littlebear. Scoring twice for the Chinooks were #8 Bowen Hann and #24 Carter North Peigan (plus 2 assists). Chinooks #4 Logan Yellowface also scored. Also picking up assists for the Chinooks were #12 Rowan Mackenzie (2 assists), #22 Talen Snow (2 assists), #10 Maddox Prout (2 assists), #18 Ava Jessen, #15 Tristan Grant, #9 Hunter McMullen, and #21 Keegan Yellowhorn. Cardston's #11 Treid Weasel Head averted a blowout with a goal midway through the third, assisted by #9 James Cunningham and #13 Jovi Potts.
The only penalties came in the second period, three for each team. Pincher Creek goalie #8 Bowen Hann stopped all 9 of the shots he faced and #20 Kaydence North Peigan stopped 3 of 4. Despite the team's loss, it must be mentioned that Cardston's goalie #2 Emma Tail Feathers stopped 19 shots on her net, and was probably the hardest worked athlete at the MCC all day.
It was somewhat harder to evaluate Cardston's other players at this game, because the Chinooks were so dominant. That's what seeding games are for, and the Chinooks appeared to have an older and much more seasoned team. To their credit, from what I saw of this game Cardston's bench is full of promising talent, and they put in a solid effort despite disappointing results.
Penalties were relatively light in the Novice Chinooks away game vs Crowsnest Thunder the next afternoon. Pincher Creek's Walker Anderson scored four unassisted goals in the first period, and assisted another. Crowsnest's #16 Zack Uphill scored the first goal of the game and matched Anderson in the first with a total of four goals. He also picked up an assist in the second. Pincher's #19 Hunter Littlebear scored unassisted for the Chinooks near the halfway point of the first and Chinook Daxz Vance scored the last goal of the first period, assisted by Anderson, which put the Chinooks ahead 6-4 going into the second. The Crowsnest Thunder evened the score to 8-9 by the end of the second.
Thunder #11 Luke Gudmundson opened and closed scoring for the second, the last one unassisted. Also scoring for the Pass were #19 Hudson Willett and #18 Branden Anctil. Scoring for Pincher were #17 Cashe Kropinak from #4 Logan Yellowface and Daxz Vance.
The Crowsnest Thunder outscored the Chinooks three goals to one in the final period to win the game 11-9. Gudmundson scored unassisted to open the period, and picked up another assist later on a goal from Thunder teammate #17 Tristen Kriger. The sole Pincher goal in the period came from Cashe Kropinak from Daxz Vance. Kriger scored unassisted for the Thunder to seal the deal. 11-9 Thunder was the final score.
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