Lacombe Midget ‘A’ Rockets make it to Provincial semifinals

Five veterans move on from Rockets hockey

Rocket Tanner Bell cashed in a goal during Provincials in Springbank. Photo Submitted

The Lacombe Fountain Tire Midget Rockets managed to score their way to the Provincial semifinals in Springbank over the weekend, but ultimately lost in overtime to cap of their season.

After defeating Stettler in a three-game series to win the League Championship and also winning the the Zone 4 Championship at the Hockey Alberta Zone play-downs, the Rockets came into Provincials looking to add to their resume.

“We had a good weekend,” Coach Greg Church said. “We went 2-1-1 in the round-robin, which got us second in our pool. We made it to the semifinals and we lost in overtime.

“We ran into some injuries at the beginning of the game. Peyton Church and Brady McKinlay were both playing hurt and fell behind 1-0. We battled back and made it 3-1 and then we had a couple goals go in late to tie it up. It was about four minutes into overtime and they scored to win the game.”

Church said he couldn’t be happier with his team’s performance.

“They played phenomenal all weekend and left it all on the ice,” he said “Even though they were injured, they kept playing. They are a tough bunch of guys.”

Church said it was bittersweet seeing five of his veterans — Brady Mckinlay, Jaden Nokohoo, Peter Suominen, Tyler Beierbach and Jackson Pilote —play their last games with the Rockets

“Our captain and one of our assistants are both moving on,” Church said. “It is a happy and a sad day for them and I have coached three of those kids for around four years now. It is sad to see them go, but that is what happens.”

The Rockets will still be in good hands next year with solid group of returning veterans.

“We have a really strong core of second years moving on for next year,” he said. “I expect us to be in the same spot next year.”

Church wanted to thank the players, organizers, coaches and community members that made the Rocket’s journey to Provincials possible.

“We had a tonne of support and a tonne of sponsors that got us to Provincials,” he said. “Lacombe Minor Hockey was behind us with a lot of chatter on Twitter and Facebook. That makes you proud of your community when you are out there playing.”

He added, “I couldn’t be more proud of the boys. They left it all on the line. We had a slow start to the year and they got better and better all year. Where we finished at the end of the year — we could not have done better in my mind.”



todd.vaughan@lacombeexpress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Brady and Owen McKinlay celebrated after a goal at Provincials in Springbank. Photo Submitted

Just Posted

Lacombe Generals honoured by City for winning Allan Cup

2019 Allan Cup champs celebrated after successfully hosting tournament

PHOTOS: Father Lacombe Grade 1 class takes part in Blankets of Hope

Class donates blankets to local homeless shelter

Alberta’s 47 legislature newbies meet under the dome for orientation day

Most new members are with the United Conservatives, who won a majority government

City of Lacombe council highlights – April 23, 2019

The next scheduled council committee meeting is on May 6, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Lacombe Council asks for answers regarding Police Service deficit

Lacombe Police Service ran a $238,627 deficit in 2018

VIDEO: Police dog in Oregon struck by 200 porcupine quills during pursuit

The German shepherd had to be sedated and was in treatment for more than two hours

B.C., Ottawa talk 50/50 split on abandoned bus-route service

B.C. has paid $2 million on a bus service for the northern part of the province

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Oil and gas company confirms death of one of its employees in Yoho avalanche

Dana Coffield died when he was skiing in the Rocky Mountains

Cenovus CEO estimates production curtailments will deliver billions to taxpayers

The curtailment program started Jan. 1 was designed to keep 325,000 barrels per day off the market

Robbery in Leduc County estimated at $40,000

Leduc RCMP investigate break and enter and theft of firearms

Singh says childhood abuse steeled him for scrutiny and stress of politics

He recounts the assaults for the first time in his book Love & Courage

Despite five extra weeks’ parental leave in Canada, dads still face stigma: survey

One reason people said dads don’t need leave is because they can just bond with their kids at weekend

Calgary’s public school board responds to Syrian child’s suicide after bullying

Amal Alshteiwi, a newcomer to Canada from Syria, took her own life several weeks ago

Most Read