Ponoka Stampeders players gather up the toques

Thunder rolls over Stampeders

Ponoka junior club hoping break with lead to turnaround in fortunes

For the Ponoka Stampeders, the light at the end of the playoff tunnel is getting brighter.

Unfortunately, for the local junior B squad, they are more likely to get run over when they reach the end rather than carry on through.

Last season, the club squeaked into the playoffs for the first time in a decade and while they might make it for the second straight year, the results lately show it will once again be a really quick exit.

The team busted out of a four-game losing streak last week, only to roll over on the weekend in an 11-3 loss in Airdrie Dec. 16.

Defence was something neither team was really worried about, as demonstrated with the host Thunder opening the scoring just 80 seconds into the contest followed 40 seconds after that by Ponoka’s Kieran Bulloch tying it up with a powerplay marker.

Airdrie would take the lead on a powerplay of their own near the seven minute mark, only to have the Stamps Walker Guthrie tie it up close to the midway mark of the frame.

However, the home side would take a one-goal advantage into the second period, which evaporated just 1:10 into middle stanza with a powerplay goal by the Stampeders Roenick Minde.

But that would be it for Ponoka’s offence, as Airdrie would deposit three special teams goals two powerplay and one shorthanded in the period along with three others for a 9-3 lead after 40 minutes and then get two more goals in third.

Ironically, the Stampeders would outshoot Airdrie in that final period by a count 18-13, though the final shot tally favoured the home team 60-55. Powerplays also went in Airdrie’s favour on the night, as the Thunder went four for 12 with the man advantage while Ponoka had just six powerplay opportunities and scored twice.

The loss leaves the Stampeders a mere four points up on the north division basement dwelling Three Hills Thrashers and a staggering 13 points behind Stettler, who sit fifth in the division with 28 points.

Hoof prints The Stampeders played yesterday (Dec. 20) in Blackfalds in their final game before Christmas (result unavailable at press time). They will play once more in 2016, in Stettler on Dec. 30. The club will continue their travelling road show in the new year with a game in Red Deer on Jan. 7 before finally getting back on home ice Jan. 11 when they host Stettler.

 

Just Posted

Alberta’s 47 legislature newbies meet under the dome for orientation day

Most new members are with the United Conservatives, who won a majority government

OPINION: Jason Kenney won by portraying himself as the Guardian of Alberta

How did Kenney do it? He never considered himself an opposition leader and didn’t pretend to be one.

VIDEO: Police dog in Oregon struck by 200 porcupine quills during pursuit

The German shepherd had to be sedated and was in treatment for more than two hours

Calgary woman killed in B.C. highway crash

Crash closed highway for hours

Assessment says Alberta woman facing animal abuse charges fit to stand trial

April Dawn Irving, 59, is charged with 13 counts of cruelty to animals

Canadian privacy watchdogs find major shortcomings in Facebook probe

The probe followed reports that Facebook had let an outside organization use an app to access users’ personal info

Provinces, Ottawa talk 50/50 split on abandoned bus-route service

B.C. has paid $2 million on a bus service for the northern part of the province

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Digestive issues? You may have SIBO

Gut health info session

Oil and gas company confirms death of one of its employees in Yoho avalanche

Dana Coffield died when he was skiing in the Rocky Mountains

Cenovus CEO estimates production curtailments will deliver billions to taxpayers

The curtailment program started Jan. 1 was designed to keep 325,000 barrels per day off the market

Most Read