Stamps lose fourth straight game of the season

The Ponoka Stampeders Junior B hockey team put up one heck of a fight against the Coaldale Copperheads

The Ponoka Stampeders Junior B hockey team put up one heck of a fight against the Coaldale Copperheads Saturday, Oct. 4 during an away game but were unable to record their first win of the season.

The Copperheads defeated the Stampeders 3-1 but Ponoka held their opponents to a 2-1 score up until 10 minutes before the end of the third period. Both teams were tied 1-1 at the beginning of the second period and Coaldale had to work hard to earn that lead.

Ponoka’s first goal was within minutes of the game starting, which forced the Copperheads to act fast.

Their determination paid off a few minutes later and the Copperheads tied the game. They also scored their second goal after capitalizing on a power play. The Copperheads were 1 for 6 in scoring during a power play and the Stampeders were 0 for 5, being unable to break a tough defense.

Ponoka’s Brandon Duthie scored their only goal with Jarritt Alexander getting the credit for the assist. For shots on goal, the Copperheads also held the advantage: they had 56 compared to 40 for Ponoka. It was only in the third period that the Stampeders were able to slow the Copperheads’ advance.

Shots on goal for the first period were 12 for Ponoka and 25 for Coaldale, in the second they were 13 and 17 respectively and in the third Ponoka shot 14 and Coaldale shot 14.

Ponoka’s next home game is Saturday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. against the Medicine Hat Cubs.