Payton Ingram of the atom Vantage Physio Stampeders sends a shot on the Wetaskiwin net that the goaltender makes a fine glove save on during Ponoka’s 1-0 to open play in the B-division of the Ponoka atom tournament Dec. 7 to 9. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Ponoka’s Vantage Physio atom squad captures host tournament

Stampeders beat rival Rimbey for title, Ponoka’s A-division team doesn’t make final

There is a champion among Ponoka’s two atom hockey squads.

The Vantage Physio Stampeders walked off the ice with the B-division title at the annual Ponoka Minor Hockey atom tournament held Dec. 7 to 9.

Vantage got things off on the right foot by squeaking out a 1-0 victory Friday night over Wetaskiwin in a contest that saw Ponoka pour out the shots on goal, only to see Wetaskiwin’s goaltender stand on his head most of the night.

The club’s great play continued on Saturday with a 6-1 win over Wainwright in the morning, followed up with a comeback 2-2 draw with Rimbey later in the afternoon to close out the round robin.

That set up a rematch with Rimbey in the final on Sunday, but it wasn’t much of a fight as Ponoka pounded a tired Rimbey squad — who played earlier that morning — by a score of 7-0 to win the title.

Other side

Over on the A-division side of the tournament, Ponoka’s atom McDonalds Stampeders had a decent start by squaring off with Drayton Valley Friday night and coming out with a 2-2 tie.

Following Saturday’s 13-3 loss to Kneehill and a 15-2 win over the combined Clive/Alix squad on Sunday, the results from the opening contest would prove to be very unkind to Ponoka. The club would miss out on a berth in the final to Drayton Valley on goal differential.

In the end however, it would be Kneehill taking the championship over Drayton Valley.

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Ponoka atom Vantage Physio Stampeders Evan Stebner rushed toward the Wetaskwin goal with a defender hot on his heels during action in the B-division of the Ponoka atom tournament Dec. 7 ot 9. Ponoka would win this 1-0 and go on to capture the division championship. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

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