Seniors curl

Senior curling members Bob Therres and Ter Hamer (background) were on Ice number one at the Morinville Curling rink last week. The Morinville Curling Club will host the 2016 Men’s Bonspiel Jan. 29 – 31.

– Lucie Roy Photo

Morinville Kings season guaranteed playoff spot

The Morinville Senior AA Kings have one home game left in the 2015-2016 North Central Hockey League Season and are looking for a win to wrap up their hockey year.

With league expansion this year, only the top four teams in each division will make the playoffs.

Entering the weekend, the Kings lead the Whitecourt Wild by a single point for third place and lead Slave Lake by three points. A Morinville win and Slave Lake loss would have assured the Kings of that playoff spot.

That combination of events occurred Saturday night when the Kings took down Tofield 6-4 and Slave Lake fell 4-3 in overtime to the Westlock Warriors.

The clubs 6-4 home-ice win over the NCHL’s second-ranked North Division team, the Tofield Sattelites, was a big win for the club.

During that contest, the Kings were tied 1-1 and 3-3 after the first two periods, but pulled well ahead in the final frame.

Sunday saw the Kings hit the road to face the 3-8-1 Edson Ice. Details of that contest were not available by our press deadline.

Though assured a place in playoffs in a couple weeks, the club is looking to rack up another two points to end the 16-game season.

The club will play their final home game of the season against Whitecourt Saturday, Jan. 16 at 8:30 p.m.

Morinville Jets fall to St. Albert Merchants

It was a 7-2 loss for the Morinville Jets Friday night, the club’s 16th in 29 outings this season.

Tyler Hagel, assisted by Jorden Rooke, started the game with a power-play goal two minutes in to help the Jets lead the first period 2-1. But a 3-1 goal deficit in the second left the Jets trailing St. Albert 4-3, the Jets only goal of the frame coming from Riley Van Brabant, assisted by Craig Hills and Scott Woloshyn. The Jets remained scoreless in the final frame while the Merchants added to their tally to win the contest 7-3.

Friday night’s loss brought the Jets to 12-16-1 on the season and a fifth place position in the Capital Junior Hockey League’s West Division.

The Jets play the Edmonton Mustangs Sunday night at home. See MorinvilleNews.com Monday for results on that contest.

Sting face Rangers

The Sturgeon Sting and Fort Saskatchewan Rangers hit the ice in Morinville Friday night and walked away tied 4-4 after three.

The Sting lead 2-0 at the end of the opening frame with contributions from Aiden Cornell and Cole Alexis.
The second period saw the Sting leading 4-1 by the middle of the frame with Shane Witney and Logan Brunen-Lavoie building the lead.

But the Rangers came back with another three goals to end the contest 4-4.

The club is currently in fourth place in the Clean Harbors Division with a 6-13-2 record.

The Sting face the Blazers at home Jan. 16 at 5:45 p.m., then take on CAC on the road Jan. 28 at 8:15 p.m.

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