The Smoky River Minor Hockey Association’s midget team faced the Sexsmith Vipers at home in the evening of Feb. 1.
The local team faced a formidable opponent in the first period, as the Vipers came on strong with forechecking and attacks on their.
Joshua Fischer scored an unassisted goal for the Midgets at 3:43.
At 6:05, Riley Mercredi-Dougall put the Vipers on the board with assistance by Tyren Shpak.
The first period ended in a 1-1 tie.
Jordan Sylvain scored the Midgets’ second goal at 8:31, with assistance by Kelly Dion and Eli Hodgson.
But Damien Mills evened the score for the Vipers again at 15:18, with Eric Pauls receiving the assist.
The second period ended in a 2-2 tie.
It was the Vipers who would dominate the third period, scoring two additional goals.
Tyren Shpak scored an unassisted goal at 15:39. Then Riley Goertzen scored the team’s fourth goal at 10:31, with assistance by Damien Mills.
Near the 15-minute mark of play, Carter Johnson of the Vipers got into a fight with a SRMHA player. As officials were trying to restain Johnson, he hit one of them.
Johnson was sent to the dressing room and he received a four-minute penalty for high sticking, as well as a game misconduct.
In the last three minutes of play, and with one Vipers’ player in the penalty box, the Midgets pulled their goalie and put a sixth attacker on the ice.
Several times, the Midgets came close to scoring, but it was to no avail. The Vipers held on to win the game by a score of 4-2.