The season is now truly underway for Bashaw Minor Hockey as the first couple of pre-season games are now complete.
The peewee Stars were the first to hit the ice over the weekend, splitting its pair of games.
On the positive side, the Stars managed to edge out Leduc by a count of 5-4 on home ice Oct. 13 after falling behind early.
Bashaw was down 2-0 less than six minutes into the contest when Brock Dawbin took things into his own hands, scoring a pair of unassisted efforts in a span of a minute and 38 seconds to tie it up in the first.
Leduc would again take the lead a minute later, but Samuel Ahenakew got the Stars back even with just under seven minutes left in the opening frame with some help from Dawbin with a powerplay marker.
The goal lights would get a bit of a break from there on out, with Dawbin notching his hat trick — once again unassisted — less than three minutes into the second to grab the home side’s first lead of the game. However, Leduc would tie it with 4:44 left in the period.
However, Bashaw would not be denied as Ty Heisler with an assist from Dawbin would score the eventual winner at the 8:01 mark of the third
Curt Dyberg stopped 31 shots in the Stars net, while the club managed to fire 37 toward the Leduc goal.
The next day in in Sedgewick was a lot tougher test for the Stars, who fell 8-3 to Battle River.
Caleb Bloomquist scored twice in the first frame — once on the powerplay — to keep the game close at 3-2, while Ahenakew got the other goal in the second. Unfortunately, the Stars couldn’t keep pace giving up a pair in the middle stanza and three more in the final period.
Dyberg faced 35 shots with the Stars managing 25 of their own.
The peewee squad will be on home ice this weekend once again, as they take on Wetaskiwin at 2:45 p.m. Oct. 20.
Meanwhile, the atom Stars will see their first game action of the year as they play Viking at home Oct. 20 — puck drop at 12:30 p.m. — followed by a trip Oct. 21 to Daysland.