Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Novice Chinooks begin 2016/17 season with four tiering round games

2016/17 Pincher Creek Novice Chinooks
Chris Davis - Pincher Creek's Novice Chinooks have four tiering games under their belts so far this season.  Like the other Pincher Creek minor hockey teams, the Chinooks have joined the Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL), which means more and longer road trips, and a much expanded list of potential competing teams.

Chinooks vs Crowsnest Pass and Fort Macleod
The Chinooks played their first game of the season away at Black Diamond's Oilfields Regional Arena on Saturday October 15.  High Country won that game by a wide margin.  Chinooks #15 Tristan Grant scored the first Chinooks goal of the season in the first period of that game, assisted by #12 Sasha Shenton.  Scoring for the Chinooks in the second period was #10 Maddox Prout, assisted by #18 Ava Jessen.  Chinooks goalie Kaydence North Peigan faced a rattling 42 shots on net.

Pincher Creek Chinooks vs CNP Thunder
The Chinooks held their home opener the next day, Sunday October 16, hosting the Crowsnest Pass Thunder.  This one was a thriller from the first puck drop to the final buzzer, and ended in a narrow 10-8 win for the Chinooks. Chinooks #19 Hunter Little Bear scored 7 goals, 4 of them unassisted.  Thunder #18 Branden Anctil scored 6 goals, all but one of them unassisted.  Imagine Little Bear and Anctil on the same forward line in a few years, maybe...  #7 Carter McGlynn scored twice for the Chinooks and #9 Hunter McMullen scored once.  Also scoring for the Thunder was #21 Ashton Winberg and #20 Teyton Thomson.  This one was a real pleasure to watch.

Chinooks vs Thunder
The Chinooks next travelled to Brocket, where they were hosted by the new Piikani Novice Warriors.  It was the first official hockey game ever in the new Piikani Nation Multi-Purpose Arena.  I'm told the Chinooks won that contest, but the score was not available to me at the time this was written.

Chinooks vs Mustangs
The Chinooks brought it back home again the next day to the Memorial Community Centre Arena in Pincher Creek on Sunday October 23, hosting the Fort Macleod Mustangs.  The Mustangs had a much deeper bench and won that one by a wide margin.  Cashe Kropiniak and Hunter Little Bear scored twice each for the Chinooks, with Kropiniak earning an assist on Little Bear's goal.  Chinooks #15 Tristan Grant also earned an assist.  Kaydence North Peigan again faced an unending volley in the Chinooks' net. Don't let the score fool you, this is one up and coming goalie worth keeping an eye on.  He's got the right stuff.

The Novice Chinooks have another tiering round home game (opponent to be announced) scheduled for Saturday October 29, to start at 9:30 am at the MCC arena.

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