Ponoka’s Midget A Wolves were narrowly defeated in both of their best-of three series playoff games and wrapped up their season with lots of hope for the next one.
In their first game on the road with Innisfail Flyers March 8, the first game of the second round of playoffs, the Wolves lost 4-3 after a winning goal by the Flyers in the third period. Top Ponoka scorers were Tyson Borg, Jordan Wombold and Dustin Bell, all in the second period.
The second home game in the series March 9 was equally as close but pushed the Wolves out of the running. They lost 5-4. Tyson Matejka, Tyson Borg, Dustin Bell and Colton Somerville each scored a goal.
In the home game on Sunday, Wolves had a rather dismal start to the game, almost overwhelmed in the first 10 minutes of the first period by the fast skating, hard shooting visitors, who scored twice in quick succession. It was not until the 11th minutes of the period that the Wolves started to pull themselves together. The effort paid off with two Tysons of the local boys scored back-to-back goals to close the period with a 2-2 tie.
The second period saw a passionately playing Wolves team putting their hearts into the game and taking control of the rink from the Flyers. Although their offensive effort could not weaken the visitors’ defense, the Ponoka boys did manage to score and take a 3-2 lead with Dustin Bell in the 16th minute. But it took less than two minutes for the visitors to bring equality to the scoreboard, with second period ending a 3-3 tie.
In the final period, Flyers decided to show they meant business and scored within third minute of the start of the period but Colton Sommerville of the Wolves equalized once again declaring their intention to eliminate the visitors.
The balance on the scoreboard was maintained until two minutes from regulation when the Flyers scored once again ending the Wolves’ hopes of advancing to the next round.
For their part, the Midget B team was able to narrowly defeat the Tier 3 Innisfail Fourlane Flyers March 8 at home.
Top scorers for Ponoka were Shawn Wilton (2), Lane Jones (2), Shane Epp, Pierre Clemmer and James Lea. Four goals were scored in the first period by Ponoka.
The Atom A Tier 3 team are out of the running after losing to the Stettler Atom B team last weekend. The first game in the series was in Stettler and Ponoka lost 5-1. The only goal was made by Joshua David with an assist from Levi Busat.
The second home game was March 9 and Ponoka lost 5-2. Scorers were Alex Brackenbury and Joshua David.
Ponoka’s Atom B Tier 5 team received a nearly identical result at the hands of Sylvan Lake Atom B1 Lakers. The first game was in Sylvan Lake March 8 and Ponoka lost a close game 3-2. Austin Griffiths scored both goals of the game.
Their home game March 9 was a greater challenge with no score for Ponoka. They lost 3-0.
Ponoka’s Peewee A team lost their series two games to one against the Bentley Peewee A Bruins.
After defeating the Bruins 5-4 March 2, Ponoka headed to Bentley March 8 and 9. In the first away game, Ponoka lost a close 5-4. Scorers for Ponoka were Noah Hackett (2), Aidan Gratton and Jayden Nokohoo.
The second away game was not as close. Ponoka lost 4-2 with Noah Hackett and Rylan Lefebvre scoring the only two goals. They next play the Blackfalds Peewee A Bulldogs March 14 at home at 6:15 p.m.
The Peewee B team tied their away game 4-4 against the Blackfalds Peewee B Bulldogs March 8. Scorers were Travi Hyink (2), Connor Macleod and Brayden Toporowski.
Bantam Tier 2 team
Bantam Tier 2 team is tied in the series against the Stettler Bantam B team.
Their first home game was March 6 where Stettler defeated Ponoka 4-2. Scorers were Lewis McDowell and Cyrus Thompson. Ponoka returned the favour March 8 in Stettler with a 7-3 win.
Top scorers were Jayden Hagemann (2), Cooper Jones (2), Cyrus Thompson, Lewis McDowell and Noah Spelrem. They were to play Stettler in the final game of the series March 10 in Ponoka.
Girls Lacoka hockey
The Lacoka Bantam girls are in the finals series against Stettler after defeating the Endmoor Bantam female team two games to one. Lacoka lost their first away game 5-2 March 2.
Their March 5 game in Ponoka was a different story. Lacoka won 4-0. Top scorers were Rachel Wood (2), Lindsay Jansen and Cassandra Hall.
The March 6 away game proved a bigger challenge with a 3-2 win for Lacoka. Rachel Wood, Kelli Rae Sieben and Danielle Blacklock each scored one goal.
Lacoka Midget girls
The Lacoka Midget Female Rockets defeated Tofield in the series in two games. The first game was last week in Lacombe with a 5-1 win. The second game was away March 8 and Lacoka won 4-1. Top scorers were Danica Polson (2), Robyn Arnold and Renee Guimond.
They face Leduc in the quarterfinals.
By Ponoka News staff