A sluggish start partly due to Daylight Savings Time didn’t overly affect the Atom Calnash Trucking team who cleared their way to the league consolation finals series.
Heading into the second game of the series against the Battle River Knights held Sunday, March 13, Ponoka’s Calnash was already up after defeating the Knights 8-0 on March 9.
As a result the Knights needed to win by nine. While the Knights took the lead 2-0 for much of the first period, Ponoka boys appeared to slowly gain confidence and speed and eventually tied it 2-2 at the end of the first period. After that, there were only a few chances for the Knights to make attempts on goal.
A scoreless second period gave Ponoka the edge in the game and they eventually scored another three in the third period. Scorers for the Sunday game were Nathan Parker (3), Carter Blanchard and Carter Karwandy.
The team now heads to the consolation finals series against the Sundre Huskies.
Peewee girls provincials results
The Lacoka Peewee girls couldn’t make it to the playoffs round at Alberta Hockey provincials last weekend in Edmonton.
The first two games were strong performances with a 3-3 tie against the Edmonton Nightmares on March 10 followed by a 5-2 win against Okotoks the next day.
Coach Ron Klinger said the girls had a strong start. “The first two games, the girls played the best hockey they played all year.”
The next two games, however, proved the most challenging with Lacoka losing their third game 4-0 against Stettler March 11 and then losing 5-0 against St. Albert the next day. One more win and the team would have landed a spot in playoffs, said Klinger.
Despite the losses he feels the experience was a positive one.
Bantam girls head to provincials
The Lacoka Bantam girls not only earned a spot at league finals, the team is also heading to provincials in Hinton this weekend.
During the semi finals league play Lacoka defeated Whitecourt 4-1 on March 12 with Rachael Wood, Jaymee Klinger, Camryn Willier and Zoe Lorenz-Boser scoring.
The next day the team trounced Whitecourt 10-0. Scorers were Wood (2), Ivy Wolf (2), Klinger, Camryn Fodor, Katrina Fisher, Camryn Grant, Lorenz-Boser and Hailey Hoogkamp.