Stampeders lose a valiant battle and only in overtime

Ponoka’s Junior Heritage hockey team lost another game last weekend, but this one should look and be carried proudly

Kwyn Hiebert scores and gives the lead to Stampeders just seconds before the end of the second period at the Ponoka Cultural and Recreation Centre on Saturday

Ponoka’s Junior Heritage hockey team lost another game last weekend, but this one should look and be carried proudly like a heard-earned medal in a battle that set new standards for the local boys.

In their game against the Junior Heritage League’s top team, Okotoks Bisons, Stampeders lost 3-2 in overtime in a game that they could have won.

The fact that the first period was scoreless was enough to show that something was different in Ponoka’s game on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The defence was working hard to close loopholes by quickly consolidating in areas where the Bisons were preparing to set their traps and goaltending was superb.

Visiting Bisons could not score their first point until the 7th minute of the second period.

When they did take the 1-0 lead, this whipped up the local boys instead of discouraging them, and Tye Munro equalized seven minutes later. Yet another seven minutes later, just half a minute from the end of the second period, Kwyn Hiebert scored the second goal giving the lead to Stampeders: 2-1.

The third period began with the relentless pressure by visiting Bisons on the Stampeders net with the goalie Brody Thomas stopping shot after shot after shot coming from the opponents.

But the almost heroic defensive effort could not stop the equalizer in the 13th minute of the third period: 2-2.

The score by the opponents was followed by a nightmarish decision by the referees: When Chandler Knibb was sidelined with a penalty for roughness, the referees punished the Ponoka bench with an additional two-minute penalty for objecting to the decision.

That meant the Stampeders were left on the ice with just three players and a goalie against the league’s highest scoring team.

Yet, the local boys overcame that hurdle as well, forcing the game to go to overtime. In the five-minute additional play-time, Stampeders resisted to the onslaught unleashed by the opponents for three and a half minute but could not stop the last goal by the Bisons.

Stampeders head coach Mark Dobler sounded quite confident after the game: “It was the best game of the year, “he said, adding that their three key players were missing from the roster over the weekend.

“It was all about work ethic and sticking to the game plan,” Dobler said.

“The biggest thing is that we stayed with our game plan for 60 minutes. We worked hard and we had great goaltending and the rest took care of itself.”

“We also did a great job in killing penalties,” he added.

“Everybody worked hard and everybody had a good game.”

Dobler added it was still not too late to start winning games in the league.

Stampeders next play against Three Hills Thrashers on home ice on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.

 

Just Posted

PHOTOS: LeAnn Rimes kicks off Stampede

The 2019 Ponoka Stampede concert series featured a big name country star to lead things off

Local cowboys take the Stampede lead on opening night

Bareback, team roping has Ponoka sitting pretty in race to the finals

Chicks for Charity’s “Champagne High Tea” an elegant success

Chicks for Charity’s ninth annual fundraising event on June 22, “Champagne High… Continue reading

Maskwacis youth found dead on reserve

The remains of 16 year old Houston Omeasoo found June 25

VIDEO: Stop-motion artist recreates Kawhi Leonard’s famous buzzer-beater

It took Jared Jacobs about 40 hours to make the video, on top of the research

Storm caused transformer fire, power outages

Thunderstorm kept fire department busy

Lower youth minimum wage won’t apply at this year’s Calgary Stampede

A new minimum wage of $13/hr is now in effect for Alberta workers aged 13 to 17

NOTICE: Road closures today due to construction

Temporary road closure on 46 Ave. June 26, 2019 There will be… Continue reading

Rock slide in B.C. river may hinder salmon passage

DFO says it is aware that the slide occurred in a narrow portion of the Fraser River

Four-hour tarmac delay violates charter rights of Canadians with a disability: lawsuit

Bob Brown says new rules reduce the distance he can travel by air without putting his health at risk

Don’t miss Canada Day celebrations around Ponoka

There’s no shortage of exciting activities around town on Canada Day, whether… Continue reading

Fighter Jets light up Bucs’ to take AFL first place

38-3 loss puts Central Alberta into second place in the AFL

Most Read