Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Atom Chinooks host Magrath Chiefs, advance in provincial playoffs

Josh Davis

Pincher Creek's Atom Chinooks took the the ice on Thursday, February 11, hosting the Magrath Chiefs. The game was close, ending in a 4-4 draw. The Atoms defeated Magrath in their previous game by a single point, and as a result are advancing to the third round of provincial playoffs. 

Chinooks #12 Jaydon Draper scored two goals in the first period of the game, assisted by #4 Drew Stuckey. Stuckey scored a goal of his own later in the period, assisted by #3 Eric Radvak and #24 Mayz Vance. The Chiefs came back from this lead with three goals of their own in the first period: two by #7 Ryder Blasco and one by #10 Luka Kauro. The Chinooks briefly regained the lead early in the second period, with Draper assisted by Stuckey in scoring another goal. However, Kauro scored his second goal of the game, tying it up. Neither team was able to take the lead in the third period.

Chinooks Manager Lisa Stuckey explained that this was a win for the Chinooks, and that they are advancing to the next round of provincial playoffs. "Our league playoffs start next week." Stuckey said she's happy with the way the Atoms have been playing this season. "They've been fantastic." She said she's a fan of her kids playing hockey. "They've improved a lot. They've come along this year. Their skills are getting better, their positional play is getting better, their backchecking, their forechecking, and defense is doing well. They've really come along."

The Atom Chinooks will face Foremost in the zone final for provincials, who coincidentally they also will be playing in their first round of playoffs. Action starts Friday at 7:30 at the MCC arena.

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