The Sylvan Lake Pirates are having difficulty in their inaugural season finding their first victory.
The Pirates faced last year’s league champions the Daysland Northstars on home ice, Oct. 21 in the hopes of the team’s first win of the year.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, they were the ones to walk the plank as the Northstars won 8-3.
The Northstars came into the game fresh as the Oct. 21 game was their first game of the season.
The Stars came off the bench hot and fast grabbing four points for the visitors within the first five minutes or so of the first period, one of which was done on the power play.
With plenty of time still left on the clock, the Pirates weren’t to be left out.
With just under 10 minutes left in the first period, Pirates’ Justin Lowery scored on the power play off a feed from Cody Lemon.
Keeping the Northstars at bay for the rest of the period, the Pirates picked up a goal with four minutes left. Jaret Smith and Cole Degraaf assisted in Carter Sawicki’s goal on the power-play.
With two periods left to play, the Pirates trailed the Northstars 4-2.
The Pirates were unable to score in the middle frame of the home game. Over the course of the 20 minute period the Northstars picked up another three points.
With one period left the Northstars were running away with the game, 7-2.
In the final period of the game the Pirates worked hard to catch up and keep the Stars away from their net. Days land managed to get one last goal in past Pirates goaltender roughly halfway through the period.
Just after the two minute warning Degraaf made his way through the Stars defence with the help of Smith and Sawicki.
A problem for the Pirates in their first season on the ice has been the penalties. The team say their focus on and off the ice is discipline.
In the Oct. 21 game the Pirates spent a total of of 14 minutes in the penalty box for roughing, high sticking, interference, slashing and boarding.
A busy October for the Pirates end with a home game against the Bonnyville Pontiacs on Oct. 28.