Bashaw’s bantam Stars handily defeated Stony Plain Jan. 13 during Hockey Day in Bashaw.
Closing out the full day of Bashaw hockey, fans had a treat seeing the bantam team take out Stony Plain 11-5. On top of a strong showing, the Stars had a 100 per cent completion of their two power plays while Stony Plain capitalized on one of the four they had.
Coach Steve Cowan was pleased with the overall performance considering a previous game against Stony Plain. “We played them a couple weeks before Christmas.”
“It was a tight game then, it was 4-3 actually was the final, so this one was a bit different,” said Cowan, adding that the last game the Stars were shorthanded.
After a few weeks off from league games the team had some practices getting back into strong hockey with proper passing rather than shooting the puck down the boards. Along with that the Stars were cycling the puck in the offensive zone creating goal-scoring opportunities, explained Cowan.
“And just doing everything as a team and just working together,” he added.
As of press time the Stars were sitting about the middle of the pack in the league with a record of 6-6-2 with eight points. Next in the league was Smoky Lake with 14 points, Ponoka with 15, Vegreville with 16 and then the team to beat, Tofield, sitting at 24 points.
The Stars played Tofield over the weekend (results not available at press time). “They’re the best team in the league by far,” said Cowan.
“To me I see it as a good challenge and the team looks forward to it,” said Cowan of playing Tofield. “It’s kind of a gauge or barometer to see where we’re getting to.”
Goal scorers were Clifford Cardinal (3), Ethan Bloomquist (2), Lukas Sandin (2), Ethan Taylor (2), Ryan Klevgaard (1) and Graeson Boake (1).
Along with the bantams the atoms and peewees also won their games.
The atoms played Fort Saskatchewan 4C with a solid 5-1 win.
Scorers for Bashaw were Taylor Fankhanel (2), Lincoln Bjorge, Rhett Sterner and Dominic Whynot.
The peewees had a close win against Battle River with a 2-1 win.
Brock Dawbin scored both goals of the game.