The Morinville Kings took to home ice Saturday night to take on the NCHL North Divison’s top-ranked Devon Barons, emerging with an important 7-5 win for the Senior AA club.
The Kings entered the contest with a 3-1 lead by the end of the first period, built to a 6-2 lead by the end of the middle frame, but fell somewhat in the third period as the Barons battled back with another three goals. The Kings addition during the final 20 minutes put them two over the Barons.
Saturday night’s win brings the Kings’ season record to 3-2-0, placing them in a three-way tie for first place in the North Division. Though the Kings, Barons and Warriors sit with six points apiece five games into the season, the Kings trail a bit in terms of goals for. The club has averaged 4.8 goals per game, compared to 6.6 for the Barons and 6.8 per game for the Warriors. One area where the Kings are the clear frontrunners is in penalty minutes. The Kings have racked up 226 minutes in the box thus far this season.
The club takes to the road Nov. 15 to face the 3-2-0 Warriors and return home Nov. 16 to take on the 2-4-0 Athabasca Aces.
– Stephen Dafoe Photo
Team members Frank Vollmer, Ted Hindmarch and Jim Ottenbreit look at their options during the Sturgeon County Senior’s Funspiel Friday afternoon. The annual event was held Thursday and Friday at the Morinville Curling Club. Volunteer Pauline Kiriak said 64 players from Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Morinville, Legal, Gibbons, St Albert, and Sturgeon County registered for the event. A total of 16 teams played at least four games of six ends. Sturgeon County Recreation Coordinator Jessica Gray said the event is usually held in February and this is the first time they have tried to host it in November.
– Lucie Roy photo
A member of the SHC Atom female team runs to the boards with a Camrose player during a game in Morinville Saturday afternoon. The all-girl team battled hard through three periods, falling 7-6 by the end of the game. We will have a feature story on the Atom females in a future edition of the Morinville News.
– Stephen Dafoe photo
This year we have a team makeup from all different areas and ages. We have players who come from the Gibbons and Redwater area to Wabamun and Westlock. Our size ranges from 5.5 ft to 6.2 ft, throughout the lineup. We have various age ranges from 15-17 years old. The older players are doing great helping the younger ones during games and practices. The team is getting along very well, despite our rough start to the season so far. The teamwork is coming along very well and will soon show in our record. We have two outstanding goalies that have kept us in the games and we will reward them with some victories. The boys are keeping their heads held up high and competing until the final buzzer.
— submitted by Head Coach, Troy Beers
Jets fall to St. Albert
The Morinville Jets suffered a 6-5 loss to St. Albert Sunday night, the club’s fourth consecutive loss and seventh in 14 games. The club takes to the road for a Friday night game in Stony Plain Nov. 15, and returns to home ice Sunday, Nov. 17 to take on the Beverly Warriors.