Sunday, January 22, 2012

Pee Wee Chinooks edge Vauxhall Sabres

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Pee Wee Sabres vs Chinooks
C. Davis photo
Pincher Creek's Pee Wee Chinooks hosted the Vauxhall Sabres at the MCC Arena on Saturday, January 21.  Vauxhall was playing their second game of 2012, with a short bench and an extra helping of energy and spirit.  The game was an exciting one between two closely matched teams.

Flurry of activity in front of the Sabres net
C. Davis photo

Pincher Creek was first to score, with an unassisted goal by #9 Nic Jordan early in the first period.  Sabre's #17 Kevin Turner scored twice in quick succession shortly after that, putting his team in the lead for a short while.  Chinooks' #11 Jesse Luco evened things up with assists from teammated Ethan Richards and Tyson Goodreau with 10:08 left on the clock in the first.  The last ten minutes of the first saw plenty of back and forth hockey, with the Chinooks pushing particularly hard.  Chinooks' #18 Emily Wittkopf was a real presence,  a formidable challenge to her opponents and an asset to her team.  A bit of rough stuff at the 8:39 mark resulted in two expulsions for each team before things settled down again, and the period ended with both teams still tied 2-2.

Pee Wee Chinooks vs Sabres
C. Davis photo

Luco helped the Chinooks pull ahead briefly early in the second with another goal, this time assisted by Nic Jordan and Goodreau.  It wasn't to last though, as shortly after that Sabres' #15 Brayden Stokes slipped one in.
Again the two teams were tied, this time 3-3.  The battle was on, but neither team managed to gain the advantage for most of the remainer of the second, until Sabres' #9 Brant Mack upped the score again with 5:09 left on the clock.  With only 1:34 left in the period, Chinooks' #4 Tyson Goodreau had his turn, ably assisted by Chaz Vance and Nic Jordan.  At the end of the second the score again was tied, this time 4-4.

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The third period saw some superb goaltending and defence on both sides of the rink, with two tiring teams continuing their struggle to no avail.

With only 4:04 left on the clock, Chinooks #19 Ethan Richards scored what was to be the winning goal, assisted by Haylie Klyen.   The Sabres worked desperately to even it up again, only to be finally beaten by the buzzer.  It was quite a game. Vauxhall is not to be underestimated, but on this day the Chinooks enjoyed a hard-earned triumph.

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