Two wins for the Ponoka Stampeders last week helped the team close the gap on Stettler Lightning.
Sitting eight points behind Lightning earlier in the week — the Stamps are currently sixth of seven in the northern division — a few wins were much needed for Ponoka.
Playing the Mountainview Colts on Jan. 24 at home proved a challenging, yet rewarding game for the Stampeders. Ponoka won a close 5-4 game against the Colts that went up to the last few minutes.
At the end of the first period the game was tied 2-2 with goals coming from Brendan Scott and Austin Ancion.
In the middle stanza Ponoka was the only one to score taking a slight 3-2 lead. Kieran Bulloch scored Ponoka’s third goal of the game.
Something seemed to wake the Stampeders up after the break because Taite Opdendries scored Ponoka’s fourth on a power play. Sitting at 4-2 Ponoka was able to relax but the Colts jumped back grabbing a goal and reducing the pressure.
Not to be outdone, Ponoka scored their fifth and final goal from Kayden Gatz. The Colts were able to score one more but it wasn’t enough to tie it up to force overtime.
On the Saturday, the Stamps again played at home against the Three Hills Thrashers (sitting last in the league).
With a final score of 8-2 Ponoka was able to claw up the points ladder to 25 points, just four behind Stettler who lost to the Colts just a week before.
Goal scorers for Ponoka were Ryan Harder, Jordan Sears, Brendan Scott, Brandon Brockerville, Braden Klessens, Kacey Straub, Pierce Sorenson and Dakota Sullivan.
Ponoka’s play Tuesday night in Blackfalds with results unavailable at press time.