Midget AA squad goes 3-0 Thanksgiving weekend
by Phil Ambroziak
After a rocky start to the season, the Meadow Lake Midget AA Stamps of the Centre Four Hockey League found themselves victorious, winning three straight games during Thanksgiving weekend.
Friday, Oct. 10 saw the team in Unity where they earned a 4-3 win over the Midget AA Lazers thanks to the scoring efforts of Justin Hebert with two and singles by William Desjarlais and Garett Cheze. The following day (Oct. 11), Meadow Lake travelled to Warman. This time, the Stamps prevailed 5-3. Scoring twice was Desjarlais and Cheze while Matt Vidal added one.
Warman and Meadow Lake squared off again Oct. 12 and this time the result was more one-sided. The Stamps lived up to their name by trampling the competition on their way to a 6-1 win. Scoring for Meadow Lake on this outing was Cheze with two and Desjarlais, Hebert, Shane Hounsell and Justyn Clarke-Noltcho each with one.
“We had a fantastic weekend overall,” explained Stamps coach Gary Vidal. “Nobody I spoke with can remember the AA Midget team going 3-0 on the same weekend – at least in recent history. They gave a huge effort on the Friday night in Unity and followed it up with very good performances Saturday and Sunday in Warman.”
Vidal went on to say the time on the road also allowed for an opportunity for team members and coaches to bond.
“We spent time go-karting together that Saturday in Saskatoon, which was great fun for the boys and for some of the dads,” he added.
Meanwhile, Meadow Lake was back on the ice Saturday, Oct. 18 when they were in Turtleford to face Midwest and won 9-2. Scoring for Meadow Lake were Hebert and Jadyn Trimble each with two, along with singles from Alex Vidal, Jace Normand, Koby Vidal, Matt Vidal and Terrence Pedersen.
The following day, the Stamps hosted Unity where their winning streak came to an end 4-2. The Lazers won this one 4-2.
Meadow Lake’s next game is Oct. 26 at home against Warman. And, as the Stamps’ coaching crew continues to groom the team toward further success this season, Vidal said it’s imperative for members of the community to come forward and open their homes to two players who come from northern communities.
“The boys we are looking for billets for are 16-year-old Terence Pedersen from Buffalo Narrows and Justyn Clarke-Noltcho, 15, from Dillon,” Vidal explained. “They are very good young men who both have tremendous family support. We are looking for a good home for each of them or one home that would even take both of them.”