Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Peewee Chinooks host Magrath and Crowsnest Pass

Pincher Chinooks vs Magrath Chiefs
Josh Davis

Pincher Creek's Peewee Chinooks hockey team hosted the Magrath Chiefs on Saturday December 19, 2015 at the Memorial Community Centre Arena in Pincher Creek. The Chinooks came out ahead in the first period, but the Chiefs turned things around in the second, to ultimately win the game 7-3. The Chinooks fared better the following day in another home game against the Crowsnest Pass Thunder, winning 6-0.

The Chinooks were off to a good start in the first period of the game against Magrath, scoring two goals; one by #6 Riley Potts, assisted by #2 Jaron Scotton, and another by #5 Logan Deley, assisted by #18 Shenoa Jessen and #8 Caleb Evans. The Chiefs scored a single goal in this period, by #11 Isabella Zaremba.

However, the Chinooks had a rough second period, scoring no goals. #4 Daxon Helgerson demonstrated excellent skating for the Chiefs, scoring the first goal of the period. A goal each went to  Chiefs #12 Mason Neilson, #22 Jake Gedrasik, #26 Shelbi Charlton, and #5 Janx Zaremba.

The Chinooks tightened things up in the third period, trading evenly. Riley Potts scored again, assisted by #9 Cade Ames, with Zaremba scoring again for the Chiefs. However, the Chiefs' lead was too great for the Chinooks to overcome.

When asked how his team is faring midway through the season Chinooks Head Coach Kayne Evans said they were middle of the pack. "We've had a few games that we should have won." He said that his team is gelling so far. "They just had an off day today (against the Chiefs)." Evans said that the difficulty in the second was owed to a lot of breakdowns happening in front of their net, but that he'd already talked with his team about their roles defensively. "They pressured a little more in the third, in the second they kind of let off and they were watching a little more."

"Our league is so close, so that's the problem. You let off for one period and this is the result."

The following day they Chinooks won a decisive 6-0 victory against the Crowsnest Pass Thunder. Riley Potts scored two goals that day, with one each by Caleb Evans, Cade Ames, Rhett Fitzpatrick, and Alex Comeau.

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