Atom Stars goaltender Benjamin Morrison waves his glove at this high shot while defenceman Noah Ahenakew swings his stick at the puck during their Hockey Day in Bashaw contest versus Viking Dec. 8. Fortunately, neither one got a piece of the puck as the Viking shot sailed high. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Stars all align for Hockey Day in Bashaw

The annual day to celebrate local hockey brings out great support in Bashaw

Another Hockey Day in Bashaw proved successful, regardless of the end results.

All four Stars squads — initiation, novice, atom and peewee — took to the ice Dec. 8 while the arena was filled with parents and fans.

“I would say it was a complete success as we raised over $1,500,” stated Cristy Lidberg, Bashaw Minor Hockey’s communications director.

“The kids had a great time on the puck-o-board, the cheering fans were great and we got some wonderful donations including Oiler tickets and a jersey.”

First on the ice were the youngest, with Bashaw’s initiation Stars hosting a pair of split squad games against a combined Alix/Clive club.

That was followed by the novice Stars hosting Alix/Clive in league action, with the home side falling 12-3.

Up next were the atom Stars, who faced an uphill climb against Viking, the league’s top and only undefeated club. That proved too much as the Star suffered their first loss of the season 6-1.

Viking jumped out to an early two goal lead before Bashaw’s Layton Pierson notched the team’s lone goal with about five minutes remaining in the opening frame with assists going to Alyssa Congdon and Tucker Lourance.

The visitors would score twice more in each of the next two periods, but it could have been a lot worse if not for Stars netminder Benjamin Morrison. After facing just seven shots in the first, he would turn aside 10 and nine shots in each of the next two frames while Bashaw managed just 20 shots overall.

For the Stars, the result doesn’t change the standings as they remain second in the Tier 4 south division with a record of five wins to go with one loss and a tie.

Last on tap were the peewee Stars, who managed to win the horse race over Sturgeon, out of Morinville, 12-9.

The two clubs combined for 11 goals in the first 20 minutes, with the visitors taking a 6-5 lead. Another seven goals would come in the middle stanza to leave the game tied at 9-9 heading to the final frame. That’s when the Stars took over, netting the eventual game winner just over a minute into the third. The club would get two more, while Curt Dyberg would stop all eight shots in last period to secure the win.

Brock Dawbin ran the table for the Stars scoring six times, while Levi Congdon added a hat trick. The other three goals came off the sticks of Caleb Bloomquist, Layton Pierson and Tucker Lourance.

The peewee squad followed up with another victory on the road Dec. 9, beating Daysland 5-3. Taylor Fankhanel earned a hat trick with the other goals coming from Trinity Congdon and Dawbin.

Star struck

The rest of December won’t be very busy for the Stars, with the atom league schedule taking a break until early January and the peewee squad having just three games left in 2018 — hosting Daysland Dec. 15 at 2:45 p.m. then off to Westlock the next day before closing out the month on Dec. 30 in Ponoka.

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Bashaw’s Oliver Ringwall hunts down this Viking player with the puck in the corner during action in the third period of their Hockey Day in Bashaw game Dec. 8. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

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