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The PAC Saints narrowly defeated the NE BC & Yukon Flyers 3-2 in a Northern Alberta Midget AA Hockey League regular season game in Morinville Sunday afternoon. The two teams are from the same league as the Sturgeon Midget AA Mustangs, currently sitting in fifth place in the NCHL’s Clean Harbors Division. The Mustangs have a 4-12-2 record thus far this season.

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Sturgeon Peewee A Mustangs

Who are we? The SHC Peewee A Mustangs!

What are we? We are winners! We are learning how to win, how to lose and how to be role models in our community. We are grateful for the opportunity to put on this jersey and play this game. Win or lose we are thankful for our fans and always tap the glass to salute them after the game.

What are we playing for? For the community, the club, the love of the game; and most of all, for each other. We are learning to be accountable to each other. We are learning what it means to have someone’s back and we are building bonds that can last a lifetime.

We are Mustangs!

Melissa Torrens – Manager

Kings continue winning ways

The Morinville Kings pulled off their sixth consecutive win Saturday night, defeating the visiting Whitecourt Wild 3-1. The home-ice victory gives the Kings an 8-2-0 record this season, and places them in second place in the league, one point behind the Devon Barons who have played one more game this season than the Kings. The Kings Nov. 30 game was cancelled due to weather and will be rescheduled.

With 10 games under their skates the Kings are averaging 5.2 goals per game and giving up 4.8. Though they are only four minutes behind the Slave Lake Winterhawks in topping the league in penalty minutes, the time in the box has not hurt the Kings ability to win games. Other than a major 7-2 defeat in their first outing, the Kings’ only other loss this season was a closer 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Edson Ice. By the same token the Kings victories have all been by a goal or two, and one contest went into overtime to determine the win.

The Kings hang up the skates for the rest of December and return to the ice in January to resume the remainder of the North Central Hockey League’s 2013-2014 season. The club next takes to the ice Jan. 4 for a home-ice game against the Slavelake Winterhawks. The club take to the road the following day to take on the Rocky Rams. Game time for the Jan. 4 home game is 8:30 p.m. at the Ray McDonald Sports Centre.

Jets have split week

The Morinville Jets won one and lost one last week. The club took an 8-6 hit from the Beverly Warriors Dec. 11 and came away with a 7-3 win against the Spruce Grove Regals Sunday night. The win and loss brings the Jets’ record to 9-13-2 and positions the club in fifth place in the Capital Junior Hockey League’s West Division and in 11th spot in the league overall.

Heading into Sunday night’s home game the Jets were gaining and giving up an average of 4.91 goals per game, a statistic that seems to balance out the early and later season. Earlier this season the Jets were either winning big or losing big, a situation that shows the club was either on or off. Scores were closer throughout the months of November and December than they were in September and October; however, the club has won but four of 13 games in the past two months, something that may have more than a little to do with the team’s penchant for penalty minutes. The Jets were leading the league at 995 minutes in penalty time heading into Sunday’s game.

The Jets have two more games this month; the first a road game against the North Edmonton Red Wings Dec. 18 and then a home game against the Beaumont Chiefs Dec. 22. Game time for the Dec. 22 contest is 6:45 p.m. at the Ray McDonald Sports Centre.

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