The Morinville Kings steered aside the Blackfalds Wranglers offensive attack during their game on Dec. 15 which the kIngs won 6-3. (Todd Colin Vaughan/LACOMBE EXPRESS)

The Morinville Kings steered aside the Blackfalds Wranglers offensive attack during their game on Dec. 15 which the kIngs won 6-3. (Todd Colin Vaughan/LACOMBE EXPRESS)

Third period Blackfalds Wrangler slump leads to 6-3 Morinville win

Blackfalds to take on AA Generals on Dec. 21 in Lacombe

Blackfalds Wranglers 3 – 6 Morinville Kings

The Blackfalds Wranglers had a difficult task squaring off against the NCHL leading Morinville Kings – especially down some key players.

“The two or three players that were missing today were a big difference for our team. That’s the way it is in in senior hockey — you don’t get everyone out all the time,” Assistant Coach Brian Lenz said.

The Wranglers, despite being shorthanded, would play their northern rival fairly even but a early third period slump would ultimately lead to 6-3 Kings win.

“We lost the game in about five minutes during the third period. We gave up three goals and just died for that few minutes. Other than that, we played pretty well,” Lenz said.

Blackfalds thoroughly outplayed Morinville in the second period but a beautiful goal by Jordan Denesuik — his second of the game — would take the wind out of the Wrangler sails.

“That has been a bit our problem all year. We gave up one to Daysland with 0.6 seconds left in the first period the other night and we did the same thing in Devon. That last minute has always been a problem for us for some reason. I don’t know why but we are young and it is a learning experience,” Lenz said.

Adam Wilson, Mikey Mantello, Kyle Harris and Jordan Pelletier would round out the Kings score sheet.

Michael McAdam would score for the Wranglers and Ian Kirk would score two — one of which came really late in the game when Blackfalds tried to make a push.

It is our first year. We are competing and we are pretty pleased with the progress we have made. At the start of the year, it didn’t look like we were going to amount to much and then in the last while the guys have put it together,” Lenz said.

He added if they didn’t have their third period slump, the game would likely be 4-3 either way.

The Wranglers now hit the road to take on the AA Lacombe Generals on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.

Lenz hopes to get a full 60 minutes out of his squad.

“There will be a rivalry over the years once it sets and that is good. It is good for crowds and good for our teams,” he said.



todd.vaughan@lacombeexpress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

The Government of Alberta identified 115 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the provincial total to 3,089.
(Black Press file photo)
Alberta reports 100 new cases of COVID-19

The Central zone sits at 218 active cases

The Government of Alberta identified 115 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the provincial total to 3,089.
(Black Press file photo)
Red Deer drops to 71 active cases of COVID-19

Province adds 127 new cases of the virus

Police officers and their dogs undergo training at the RCMP Police Dog Services training centre in Innisfail, Alta., on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Mounties say they are searching for an armed and dangerous man near a provincial park in northern Alberta who is believed to have shot and killed a service dog during a police chase. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
RCMP search for armed man in northern Alberta after police dog shot and killed

Cpl. Deanna Fontaine says a police service dog named Jago was shot during the pursuit

Alberta now has 2,336 active cases of COVID-19, with 237 people in hospital, including 58 in intensive care. (Black Press file photo)
Red Deer down to 73 active cases of COVID-19, lowest since early November

The Central zone has 253 active cases of the virus

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

Orange shirts, shoes, flowers and messages are displayed on the steps outside the legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 following a ceremony hosted by the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations in honour of the 215 residential school children whose remains have been discovered buried near the facility in Kamloops, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Alberta city cancels Canada Day fireworks at site of former residential school

City of St. Albert says that the are where the display was planned, is the site of the former Youville Residential School

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York on Nov. 4, 2019. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Canadians who got AstraZeneca shot can now see ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

B.C. mayor David Screech who received his second AstraZeneca dose last week can now attend the show

Most Read