Thursday, October 20, 2016

Midget Huskies begin 2016/17 season with a loss and a win

Midget Huskies vs Warner
Chris Davis - For their 2016/17 season opener Pincher Creek's Midget Huskies travelled to Nanton on Friday evening, October 14.  The game was apparently a barnburner, with Nanton scoring  3 unanswered goals in the first period, the Huskies scoring 5 unanswered goals in the second period, and Nanton scoring 3 more unanswered goals in the final period to win it 6-5.  The next day the Huskies held their home opener at the Memorial Community Centre Arena in Pincher Creek, hosting Warner.  The Huskies won that game by a definitive score of 6-1.

Huskies vs Warner
The Huskies left the SPUD league last season to join the more competitive Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL), and returned to the CAHL this season. They are currently in tier 4, but the seeding round just began. Following last year's CAHL success (the Huskies placed second at the 2016 Midget D Provincials) Pincher Creek's other minor hockey teams followed suit and jumped from the SPUD league to the CAHL.  7 of the team's star players retired last season, but so far this doesn't seem to be a "building" year for the team.  This year's edition already plays with the skill and intensity that the Huskies' name has come to represent.  In addition to losing 7 seasoned players, Tyson Goodreau donned the #33 jersey and moved into the vacant netminder position.  Goodreau's last stint as goalie was way back when he was a Peewee Chinook, but you wouldn't guess that by his credible performance during Saturday's game against Warner in front of the hometown fans.  Goodreau faced 23 shots from Nanton and 13 shots from Warner.

Nic Jordan scored two of the Huskies' goals against Nanton in the second period of that contest.  The first of them was unassisted and was the first Huskies goal of the game and of the season.  Nathan Baker scored once for the Huskies and also picked up two assists.  Colby Snider and Chase Snider also scored for the Huskies.  Spencer Dorge picked up two assists.  Also earning assists were Brandt Sabo and Blaine McFarland.  15 penalties in this game, nine of them to Nanton, including a game misconduct for Huskies' Josh Conley at the middle of the third period.

Blaine McFarland scored two of the Huskies' goals against Warner.  The other Huskies goals in that game came from Jesson Luco, Josh Conley, Colby Snider, and Brock Wakaluk (unassisted).  Hunter Gudmundson and Chase Snider earned three assists each. Spencer Dorge earned two assists and Colby Snider added an assist to his goal for the Huskies.  Penalties for both sides were heavy in the first two periods, including a game misconduct for Warner's Maxwell Laackmaan near the end of the first period.  Two penalties in the final period were relatively inconsequential in nature.

The Huskies will be back on home ice tomorrow, October 21, for a game against Taber, to begin at 7:30 pm.  The next day they travel to Indus.  Both are CAHL tiering round games.

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