By Tyler Lowey, Times Reporter
The peewee Braves were the only Wheatland Athletic Association team active in the South Central Alberta Hockey League over the weekend with the Strathmore Minor Hockey Association atom tournament occupying arenas in Wheatland County.
With the Braves pushed away from the comfy confines of the Strathmore Family Centre, they saw their six-game winning streak snapped Nov. 11 to the Olds Grizzlys.
The Grizzlys (9-2-0) battled back after trailing 2-1 early, to pick up the 5-2 victory at the Gleichen Arena.
The Braves (9-5-0) struck twice on the power play in the first period, as Nash Wassing and Colton Gabe found twine. But that was all the Braves could muster, as the Grizzlys closed out the first tied 2-2, added one in the second and two power play snipes of their own in the third to halt the winning streak. Connor White was busy in net, facing 37 shots, stopping 32 of them.
Closing out the weekend at Hussar Arena, the Braves were edged out by the Okotoks Oilers Green 4-3 Nov. 12.
Gabe sniped his second on the weekend in the third along with Tyler Fairbairn’s team-leading 10th of the season with 29 seconds in the third, but it was not enough to complete the comeback.
Jace Koole buried his fifth on the power play in the first period from Conner Radke. White stopped 21 shots between the pipes.
The Braves will host the Lethbridge Hurricanes White (6-5-1) Nov. 17 back at Hussar Arena.
Two days later, they will take on the Airdrie Lightning White (5-3-2) at the Genesis Place Rink.
Chiefs prepare for Hurricanes
The Wheatland Chiefs had the weekend off following their closely played 1-1 tie against the top-ranked Lethbridge Hurricanes (11-0-2) in midget action.
When the season resumes for the defending provincial champions, they will take part in a rematch with the very same Hurricanes Nov. 17 at the Strathmore Family Centre (7:30 p.m.). It will be the third of four meetings between the two clubs this season. The Hurricanes took the first matchup 3-1 back on Oct. 13 in Lethbridge.
The Chiefs (6-3-2) will also take part in a midweek game, when they travel to the Max Bell Centre #2 to battle the CNHA Canucks (4-0) Nov. 22. It marks the second time the Chiefs will play in the Calgary division, as the puck is set to drop at 6:15 p.m.
After owning the league leaderboard last season, only one Chief sits in the top-10. Lucas Muenchrath sits ninth with six goals and 13 points.
The Wheatland Warriors (5-8-1) were also off last weekend to make room for the Strathmore Minor Hockey Association atom tournament. They will resume SCAHL action Nov. 19, when they host the Taber Golden Suns at the Family Centre (7 p.m.). The Warriors are 0-1 against the Golden Suns (2-10-1) this year, dropping a 4-3 decision back on Oct. 22 in Strathmore.
(5-3-2) at the Genesis Place Rink.
Through 14 games, Jerrin Hendricks leads the Warriors with nine goals and 17 points and sits seventh in league scoring.