Wild WestStar ravage Penguins

Youth hockey continues forward and
one match in particular proved to be most noteworthy.

The Logic Youth Roller Hockey
League completed its fourth round of league games last Saturday at Kings Sports
Centre. The action this season has continued to stun fans and this past week
saw several very close matchups, including a few ties on the scoreboard.

The highlight game of the day was
no doubt the Atom (1OU) division matchup between the WestStar Wild and Animal
House Penguins. The Wild came away with the major win, after scoring late goal,
to defeat the Penguins with a final score of 5-4. 

Coach Chris Wilson of the Wild said
afterwards, “We had an outstanding game considering four of our players were
missing from the roster. We were forced to triple shift most of the kids and by
the end of the game they were all thoroughly exhausted. But, they caught a
second wind and rallied in the last couple minutes for a final drive to the net
to score the tie breaking goal.”

In particular Wilson was quick to
state that rising star Ethan Finlason was among his best players on the rink.

“Our goalie Zack Alpert kept us in
the game and definitely frustrated the Animal House Penguins with his
goal-tending. The pairing of Wyatt Hope and Ethan Finlason on offence was a
recipe for success while our supporting wingers Eva Hepburn, Caitlyn Harrington
and Sara Wilson. Those wingers did a stand-up job of feeding them the puck. We
have two defensive players in Ben Hepburn and Morgan Bottomleigh that have stepped
up and do a stellar job of shutting down most opposing offensive lines.”

Coach Tim Courtis of the Animal
House Penguins expressed his feelings on the match saying, “I now know how the
Pittsburgh Penguins felt when they ran up against a very hot Jaroslav Halak in
last year’s NHL playoffs. Their goaltender Zach played an incredible game. I
was very happy with the performance of the Animal House Penguins. We had all
sorts of good goal-scoring opportunities but were denied by Zach again and
again. I was especially pleased with how our team played better positionally,
spreading out and passing more to the open man. Unfortunately a goal against us
in the last minute of the game was our undoing. We’ll go back and watch some
video and improve defensively for next week.”

A quick look across the various
divisions sees little changes in the standings. The Appleby Sharks are still
top of the Pee Wee (13U) division behind Tynan Klein (eight points). Eats
Blazers are ahead in the Atom division under top scorer Adam McWatt (13 points)
and the XN Financial Flames command the Novice (8U) division behind Ryan
Goodwin (nine points).

The Logic Arena at Kings Sports
Centre will host the fifth week of games this Saturday taking place from
8am-4pm. For the full league schedule visit the league website at
www.kingssportscentre.com. For more information or to get involved email
[email protected]