Ponoka Stampeders lost both of their back-to- back games vs Mountianview Colts on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26with very similar scores, 9-2 the first one on the road and 8-2 the second at home.
Following their less than desirable showing in Didsbury on Friday, Stampeders started their game against Colts on home ice on Saturday with some quite strong motivation.
Ponoka boys appeared enthusiastic and energetic, but what plagued the team in the course of the previous seasons still seemed to hang over the Stampeders: A visible inadequacy in maintaining the possession of the puck, and consequently,failure to execute plays that require possession of the puck.
Ponoka boys worked very hard to tackle Colts in their attempts to extract the puck from their control, but an overwhelming majority of those tackles resulted in the visitors keeping the possession.
When their inability to close the holes in the defence when their fast skating opponents broke from their half of the rink wasadded to the equation, the result did not seem to be a great surprise.
The only scores for the Stampeders came from Brody Thomas in the first and Kacey Straub in the second.
Stampeders coach Tyler Fiveland was not very unhappy with Saturday’ s performance, though.
“We outplayed the other team,” he said regarding the home game.
“Our problem is that we are not capitalizing on the opportunities to score.”
Fiveland added he was happy that his players had received fewer penalties in the second game.
He admitted that his players made mistakes and described them as “mental mistakes” in that most Ponoka players lost their concentration in switching from offence to defence, losing track of the attacking players and creating opportunities for them.
Stampeders now play four consecutive road games before they host Blackfalds Wranglers on Wednesday, Oct. 14.