Ponoka goaltender Austin Nesbitt gets his body in front of this Stettler shot as players from both sides crash the net midway through the first period Oct. 16. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Stamps face adversity for first time

Jr. B club in midst of three game losing streak

The Ponoka Stampeders ran into a fence this past week they couldn’t leap over, losing both games on a weekend road trip to southern Alberta after getting hit by some lightning on home ice.

First on Oct. 16, the Stamps were edged out 6-5 by the visiting Stettler Lightning and then fell 7-1 to the Copperheads in Coaldale Oct. 19. That was followed up the next day by an 8-0 loss to the Cubs in Medicine Hat.

General manager and head coach Mike Nesbitt loved the way his offence worked against Stettler, but a couple of issues cropped up in the last three games that need to be taken care of.

“We were able to stay close in that game and it is developing into a good rivalry,” he said.

“However, we have run into some defensive breakdowns and there are some penalty problems that have to be addressed.”

In Coaldale, Cree Auger got the Stamps on the board first just two minutes into the game, but that would be the last bit of offence for Ponoka as the Copperheads outshot the Stamps 39-26 on the night. In the Hat the next day, Ponoka gave up four powerplay goals and mustered up just 15 shots to the Cubs’ 40.

Meanwhile, the loss to Stettler stung a bit as the Stamps were the more aggressive club offensively, outshooting the Lightning 50 to 37. Brandt Seland had a pair for Ponoka, while singles came off the sticks of Jon Griffiths, Cree Auger and Carson Bear.

Homesteading — The Stampeders, who now sit third in the North division standings, will return to the more friendly confines of the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex for the next three games and hope to curtail a three-game losing skid. The club will host High River Oct. 26 (puck drops at 8:45 p.m.) then take on the Wranglers of Sylvan Lake Oct. 30 (game time 7:30 p.m.) before facing the defending league champs from Airdrie Nov. 2 (game time 8:45 p.m.).

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Stamps Kodan Smallboy (left) and Jon Griffiths attack the Stettler defender as he tries to clear the puck from in front of his own goal during the first frame Oct. 16. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Stampeders Dawson Stanton forces this Stettler forward to the outside and watches him lose his edges in driving toward the Ponoka goal early in the first period Oct. 16. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Kieran Bulloch of the Stamps attempts to jam the puck past the Stettler goalie on this wrap around late in the first period Oct. 16. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

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