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

Maskwacis RCMP hoping to find vehicle in fatal hit and run

Black Jeep Grand Cherokee believed to be involved in early morning incident

Ponoka’s ag society board under scrutiny during AGM

About 80 people attended the society’s AGM, which saw three directors replaced

Ponoka teen pedestrian suffers injuries after pickup collision

A pickup struck a teen on residential streets in Ponoka

UPDATED: Calgary Police receive multiple bomb threats

Similar threats received across Canada and the United States

PHOTOS: Battle of Ponoka basketball action

The first ever senior high basketball league game for both Ponoka high schools was high energy

‘Are we going to play?’ Alberta boy with rare illness no big deal for classmates

Porter Stanley is one of 30 people in the world to be diagnosed with Beare-Stevenson syndrome, a craniofacial disorder.

B.C. securities regulator probes ‘most expansive’ alleged trading scheme in its history

Liht Cannabis Corp states it’s doing internal investigation, welcomes BC Securities Commission probe

Air passenger rights: 6 things about what the Liberals are offering

For 3- to 6-hour delays, compensation is $400. Between 6 and 9 hours, $700. Over 9 hours is $1,000

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

Sentence comes from one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history

Energy assessment law needed to avoid another Trans Mountain impasse, PM says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s overhauling the program

Freeland says corners could not be cut with U.S. arrest request of Huawei exec

2 Canadians have been detained in Beijing since the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Huawei Technologies, by the RCMP

Alberta’s oil refinery request prompts renewed interest in Kitimat plan

Publisher David Black pitches Rachel Notley on B.C. coast option

Daughter tells of cat litter scientist’s unlikely bond with Charles Barkley

Barkley says the friendship gave him ‘great memories and great joy’

Canada’s robust credit rating should calm unease about federal deficits: Trudeau

Trudeau says Canada’s long-running triple-A rating means experts have confidence in his government’s approach to the economy

Most Read