The hockey season is in full motion and Ponoka’s Junior B Stampeders are trying to keep up with the pace of the competitions.
On Nov. 15 the Stampeders faced off against the Banff Academy Bears at the Banff Recreation Centre.
The game proved to be a rough one for the Stampeders who were beaten out 11 to 5. In the first period of the game the Banff Academy Bears led the way with an unassisted goal in the first two minutes of the game.
The Ponoka Stampeders answered back with a goal from Curtis Pugh, assisted by Rodney Raugust and Andrew Walker after six minutes in the first period.
Following the goal was three more goals by the Bears.
There were five penalties during the first period, with three of those going to the Stampeders.
During the second period the heat was on and the Ponoka Junior B Stampeders tried to keep up to the Bears with the scoring three goals. The Bears started off the second period with another unassisted goal in the first four minutes of the period.
Ponoka, again, returned it with a goal three minutes later made by Travis Kirchner that was assisted by Brad Hamblin and Andrew Walker.
The Banff Academy Bears responded with two more goals.
Andrew Walker scored after that with help from Rodney Raugust in the later half of the second period.
Ponoka Stampeder’s Curtis Pugh also put one in near the end of the period with an assist by Kelsey Russell.
Happenings of the second period resulted in eight more penalties with four of those being given to the Ponoka team.
In the third period the Banff Academy Bears jetted ahead with the points taking the lead with the first goal for the period in the first two minutes.
Kyle Kinley of the Stampeders scored after eight minutes and was assisted by Curtis Pugh.
The Bears put in three goals and ended the game with an 11-5 loss for the Stampeders.
Soon after, the Ponoka Stampeders took on the Airdrie Thunder and lost the game 18-3 on Nov. 16 at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Centre.
It has been a challenging season for the Stampeders as they have lost previous games in the past month as well playing against some of the toughest teams in the league.
On Oct. 25 the Stampeders faced off against Cochrane losing 13 -5. Rodney Raugust scored the first two goals in the first and second period assisted by Emery White and Travis Kirchner and Kyle White respectively. In the third period the Stampeders’ captain Kyle Kinley scored assisted by Rick Bratke. Raugust scored another one in the third period with an assist by Kirchner and Bratke scored the last goal for the Stampeders with an assist by Kinley and Brad Hamblin.
On Oct. 26 the Stampeders hosted Banff and lost 8 to 3. Steven Schwab led the goal scoring for the Stampeders in the second period assisted by Kinley and White.
Kirchner followed with another goal in the second period. Brett Hatala ended the goal scoring in the third period.
On Oct. 29 the Ponoka Stampeders met the Mountainview Colts in a stressful game losing 6 to 2. The game started out rough with the Colts having a big lead. The Stampeders began scoring in the third period with a goal from Kinley assisted by Dean Dion and Dylan Buffalo.
Kinley scored the only goals for the Stampeders and put the puck in again in the third period assisted by Schwab and Buffalo.
The team will now take on the Rimbey Rock on Nov. 19 at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Centre at 7:45 p.m. and everyone is invited to come and support and cheer on their team.