The Ponoka Atom A team hosted their tournament on the weekend. There were seven teams from out of town in attendance and fun was had by all. The winners in the D Final were Whitemud West beating the Sylvan Lake team by a score of 9-3. The C Final went to the Edmonton Eagles over Cochrane by a score of 12-5. Ponoka beat Leduc 6-4 to win the B Final and the A Final was won by Simon Valley in a 6-1 victory over Airdrie.
Ponoka played hard on Friday night but came up short against Simon Valley. The final score was 7-3.
For their second game Ponoka took on the Sylvan Lake team. Scoring was started by Skyler Heidt and Dylan Majerech who teamed up to put Ponoka on the board followed by a quick one by Alex Mercer from Colby Rattray, and Jarret Henderson. Henderson potted another on a pass from Justin Hall, to take a commanding lead. Sylvan took advantage of Ponokas’ nap to score two unanswered goals and end the period with Ponoka leading 3-2. Sylvan Lake stormed out in the second and scored to tie the game. The Ponoka team found a new gear and Robert Wareham found the net on a play from Skyler Heidt and Jaydon Hagemann. Henderson added a quick one making the score 5-3 for Ponoka. Jarret Henderson scored again on a pass from Pierce Clemmer to finish out the second period with a score of 6-3. Henderson scored two in the third for a final score of 8-3 securing a spot in the B final.
The Leduc Roughnecks were the worthy opponents in the B final. Ponokas’ Jarret Henderson scored in the first, followed by Pierce Clemmer from Colby Rattray and another from Henderson. Leducs’ Cooper Gardner put his team on the board which made for a 3-1 hockey game. Jayden Hagemann made it 4-1 to end the first period. The second period was very even with a goal for Leduc by Brayden Haggerty and one for Ponoka scored by Jarret Henderson. The third period saw a goal by Cooper Gardner, assist Ginelle Demone for Sylvan answered quickly by Jarret Henderson and a final goal scored for Leduc by Kalin Kidd with the assist going to Cooper Gardner. Final score- 6-4 for Ponoka.