The Lacoka junior Locos had another good weekend, adding two more wins to their season total.
On Saturday night, June 16, in their last home game of the season, they handed the league-leading Brooks Drillers their second defeat in the last two weeks in what proved to be a feisty affair.
Trevor Anderson opened the scoring four minutes into the game but Brook score two to answer and led 2-1 after the first period. The Lacoka boys, as they did in their previous meeting, took control in the second period outscoring the Drillers 8-5 thanks to three goals by Tanner Green and two each from Mack Hawthorne and Braeden Grant. Skyler Sargeant also scored for the Locos in the second for a 9-7 lead.
Sargeant, Hawthorne and Green each added singles in the third period while the team’s strong defensive play shut down the Brooks squad with the final score being 12-7. Picking up assists in the game were Tayler Wass with two, Sargeant with four for a six-point night, and Hawthorne (1). Matt Granson who played a very strong game in goal while picking up the win and chipped in with four assists.
The frustration of trailing for only the second time all season got the better of the Drillers as the two teams had a steady stream of players visiting the penalty boxes in the third period. By the end of the spirited contest Brooks had totalled 111 penalty minutes to 100 for the Locos.
In their second game of the weekend, the junior B tier III Locos travelled to Crossfield June 14 for an afternoon contest with the Rocky View Silvertips. The boys started strong and lead 3-0 after the first period, 8-2 after two and finished the game with a 9-2 win. If not for the strong play of Silvertips’ goalie Nick Klotz, the score could have been even more one-sided as the Lacoka team dominated the game at both ends of the floor. Tanner Green had another strong effort to lead the Locos with three goals and two assists while Skyler Sargeant also tallied three times. Picking up singles were Talyer Wass, Braeden Grant and Luke Andreeff.
Wass, Hawthorne and Reid St. Denis rounded out the scoring with two assists each. Matt Granson picked up the win with another strong effort in goal.
The Locoka team now has a 8-5 and wrap up their regular season June 19 in Olds. They will then have to sit back and wait for the other teams in the 10 team tier III division to wrap up the season June 24. Only the top four teams make it to the playoff and provincial championship weekend. The boys have played well, winning seven of their last eight games. A win June will would improve their chances of taking a run at the provincial title in only their second year of play at the junior level for the Lacoka Association.