Stamps struck by Lightning, trash Thrashers

Ponoka's junior B hockey club hoping a break will help to refocus their efforts

The Ponoka Stampeders had a tough loss

The Ponoka Stampeders are limping into the holiday break and likely hoping the time off will help them to refocus.

A loss to the Stettler Lightning in their final home game of 2016 to go along with a win over the basement dwelling Three Hills Thrashers has kept the local junior B squad in the all too familiar position of being so close to missing out on the playoffs.

With just a week away from the Christmas break in the Heritage Junior Hockey League schedule, the Stamps presently sit with record of six wins, 16 losses and three overtime/shootout losses for 15 points. That leaves them in sixth place in the North division only four points better than Three Hills, while fifth place Stettler is now eight points clear of Ponoka.

Last season, the Stamps hovered around the bottom of the division, but managed to hold off Stettler in the final week to edge into the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

Things were going to be different this season, but the more balanced offensive attack and better play in their own zone has been sporatic, as Nate Higgins has 26 goals so far is about one-third of the teams 80 goals this season. Meanwhile, the team has given up most goals in the league (157) and is second worst at minus-77 in goal differential, just two ahead of Three Hills.

Last week

The Stampeders likely want to forget most of their game last Wednesday (Dec. 7) as Stettler blasted them for four straight goals in the first 10 minutes of the second period on their way to an 8-4 win.

Nate Higgins tied the game with about seven minutes to go in the first, as the Stamps kept things clean and their play crisp on the ice.

Then the puck dropped for the second and it was all Lightning from there on, paused only slight by a powerplay goal by Taite Opdendries with just over six minutes remaining the period.

Chevazz Rabbit and Higgins would score in the third, but the Stamps had lost their cool by then, with both the referee and their opposition, which ended up earning them 74 minutes in penalties on the night.

The Stamps were a more composed bunch in Three Hills last Saturday (Dec. 10) where the club engineered a 2-1 come from behind victory.

Roenick Minde put away a shorthanded effort for Ponoka close to three minutes into the second to tie the game, followed six minutes into the third by the game winner by Opdendries.

Hoof prints The Stamps will finish off 2016 with three straight on the road. The club is in Airdrie this Friday followed next Tuesday with a game in Blackfalds. They will cap things off on Dec. 30 with a contest in Stettler. The team’s next home game isn’t until Jan. 11.


Just Posted

Reflections: Celebrating the long history of the Ponoka Fire Department

The department served Ponoka for 112 years protecting area residents

WCPS to set meeting with Alberta Education

Wolf Creek Public Schools wants to see some clarification on student funding

UCP leader uses Ponoka fundraiser to prep party for spring election

Jason Kenney focused on policy convention and need for united front in order to win in 2019

Concerns of CFOs has Ponoka County considering changes

County council approves hiring of consultant to help with MDP changes

WCPS approves new name for Ponoka Outreach School

Trustees accept suggestion to rename Ponoka Outreach, awaiting Alberta Education approval

Could facial scans and fingerprints make you unhackable?

New biometrics capabilities could be a game-changer for those trying to get on your accounts

Three suspects charged with 38 crimes after Wetaskiwin carjacking

RCMP Rural Crime Reduction Project starts strong in Wetaskiwin

4-20: Pot activists continue their fight beyond legalization

Cannabis activists say there is still a lot to fight for beyond legalization

Comey memos: Trump talks of jailed journalists and ‘hookers’

A 15 page document written by former FBI Director James Comey about dealings with Trump is released to press

UPDATED: Prince Charles to be next Commonwealth leader

Prince Charles to succeed his mother Queen Elizabeth II as head of the 53-nation alliance

Woman sentenced to life in Valentine’s Day shooting plot at Halifax mall

An American woman has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for a decade

Driving Change: A B.C. man’s charitable trip across Canada

A Kelowna man, his bus, and his mission for positive change across our country

Case of teacher secretly filming teens reaches top court

Acquittal of teacher, Ryan Jarvis, who secretly videoed teens ‘dangerous,’ top court told

Why a 14-year-old will lead the charge at annual marijuana protest on the Hill

Marijuana enthusiasts have long been circling April 20 on their calendars as annual day of cannabis

Most Read