The Midget A Hockey Central Lakers showed a fierce score streak at the start of their game against the Stettler Storm Friday at the NexSource Centre.
In the first period Laker, Khale Skinner scored at 19 minutes and 21 seconds, assisted by Adam Sylvester and Austin McGregor.
Sylvester then pegged on himself at 16 minutes and 49 seconds, assisted by Blake Carrick.
The game was looking good for the Lakers. They were the first to score the first two goals, giving their teammates a big group hockey hug and high fives.
But the Storms soon caught up.
At 16 minutes and 42 seconds Storms Brad Fulford scored his team’s first goal, assisted by Chase Dolliver.
Then to close off the first period Storm’s Scott Verhoeven scored his team’s second goal at two minutes and 50 seconds, assisted by Brenden Tucker.
This meant both teams would leave the ice with an equal 2-2 on the scoreboard after the first period.
Nevertheless it was a strong first period for the Lakers. They were not only the first to score the first two goals, they were also smooth on the ice, showed great passing, and the ability to send the puck down the ice to the other side.
Right from the start the players showed they had each other’s backs and there was a constant positive atmosphere on the bench.
The Storms were the first to score in the second period with James Switenky sending the puck into the Lakers net at 17 minutes and 16 seconds.
The Lakers kicked up the intensity of the game speeding up their pace with Austin McGregor putting one behind the Storm’s goalie at five minutes and 21 seconds, assisted byKhale Skinner and Michael Draeger.
Following the second period the game was once again tied with each team grabbing another goal in the second period.
The third period proved to be more challenging than expected.
At 18 minutes and 47 seconds the Storm’s, Switenky scored his team’s fourth goal, assisted by Riley Cornelssen.
It was no longer a tied game and for the first time in the game the Storm were in the lead.
The Lakers stepped their playing up a notch and gave it their all to score on the Storms, with the puck seemingly refusing to go into the Storm’s net.
Even with all of the Laker’s efforts – luck just wasn’t on their side. The game ended in a score of 4-3 for the Storms.
This was the Laker’s last regular season home game. Even with the loss the coaches still felt the boys still played well.
“They played really well,” said Laker’s assistant coach Rob Gringhuis. “They had a couple mental lapses and the puck went in our net.”
“They just have to work the full 60 minutes,” he added.
He said the positives of the game were how the team played well and were in control.
“Our goalie played pretty well,” Gringhuis said. “Over all we controlled the game but we had a couple lapses in our end and the puck gets in our net. They got four and we got three.”