Sunday, December 18, 2011

Pee Wee Chinooks defeat Picture Butte

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Pincher Creek's Peewee Chinooks continue their winning ways
C. Davis photo

Pincher Creek's Pee Wee Chinooks hosted the Picture Butte Hawks on Saturday afternoon, December 17 at the MCC Arena.  Offence was the name of the game, and the Chinooks showed plenty of it.

The Chinooks lent the Picture Butte team their "away" jerseys, due to a wind-related highway mishap that delayed the arrival of the Hawks' gear.  No one was hurt, to be clear, but parts of a roof rack are still out there somewhere.   It made for an odd sight at times.

Picture Butte's Reed Graham
(right) with Mom Joyce, waiting
 for his chance to play
The Hawks came out strong in the first period, matching the Chinooks 1-1, and pulling ahead with the only goal in the second for a 2-1 lead.  In the third the Chinooks showed their offensive and defensive prowess, scoring six times and letting nothing in, winning the game 8-3.

The play wasn't as lopsided as that score might suggest.  Picture Butte played hard, right up to the end, and it was exciting hockey to watch.  .

This was clearly a team effort for the Chinooks, with the emphasis on a shared drive for victory.   Goal tending by Chinooks' Micah Fox Blood and Matthew Duncan was also superb.  Chinooks #19 Ethan Richards deserves special note, with one goal and four assists.  It was nice to see #18 Emily Wittkopf batt one in, a reward for all her hard work out there.  #2 Chaz Vance scored twice with one assist. A demonstration of this team's dedication to playing as a team could be seen on the score sheet, which saw no one player dominant.  Delay Mackenzie, Tyson Goodreau, Nic Jordan and Blaine McFarland all scored one apiece.

Chinooks goalie Matthew Duncan spent a lot of time
alone during Saturday's game.
C. Davis photo

Picture Butte's #13 Landon Veluw scored all three goals for his team. #1 Austin Massien worked hard in the net, but was subjected to an constant barrage by the Chinook offence, stacking the odds against his efforts.

UPDATE: Pee Wee Chinooks vs Crowsnest Pass Thunder
The Pee Wee Chinooks handed their Crowsnest Pass Thunder counterparts their first loss of the regular season in a game held this morning, Sunday, December 18.  Final score: Chinooks 7, Crowsnest Pass 5.  Eyewitness accounts say it was a close game all the way.

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