It was a week full of emotions for the Bonnyville Pontiacs. With three wins on the docket, Rick Swan’s team were looking to close the gap on the Spruce Grove Saints in second with the Sherwood Park Crusaders and Fort McMurray Oil Barons visiting the RJ Lalonde Arena.
The Pontiacs also brought in buy Lyrica pills Andres Bridgewater from the BCHL but he is yet to see the ice due to an injury.
Sherwood Park was the first to make the trip to Bonnyville for their first visit of the season. The Crusaders were without Carter Savoie (University of Denver), Michael Benning (University of Denver), and Carter Gylander (Colgate University) who were all away with Team Canada West.The game didn’t start out promising at all for the Pontiacs despite the absence of three key players for Sherwood Park. Bonnyville found themselves down 3-0 four minutes into the second period with goals coming from Jarred White, Arjun Atwal and Blake Sydlowski for Sherwood Park.
“Things were not trending in a positive direction for them (Bonnyville),” said play by play broadcaster Michael Menzies. “It was the line of White, Atwal, and Zapernick that was just really creating second and third chance opportunities in the first and second period and were frustrating the Pontiacs defenders at times.”
However, Dikirnis Daine Dubois soon put an end to the Crusaders shutout netting less than a minute after Blake Sydlowski made it 3-0 to Sherwood Park. They continued to fight back and eventually tied the game up at three with goals from buy provigil online south africa Jeremy Gervais and Dubois, again. Reid Irwin (University of Denver) and immensely Lucas Thorne then each got a goal for their team which sent them into the final intermission tied at 4-4. Late in the third period, Jaden York scored the game-winner beating Jordan Frey in the Crusaders goal and completing the comeback in what was a massive win for the Pontiacs.
“In a second period, just the game flips,” stated Menzies. “The Daine Dubois deflection goal to make it 3-1 and that seemed to just lift the spirits of the Pontiacs and in a major way.”
The Pontiacs had a couple of days off before the Oil Barons made their way to the RJ Lalonde Arena for a pair of games over the weekend.
The first matchup didn’t go as scripted for the home team. After leading for the majority of the contest, the Oil Barons scraped out a 3-2 victory thanks to two late goals from Michael Hodge which came in the final three minutes of the game. Fort McMurray also played with five affiliate players which included their starting goaltender.
“They got up to that 1-0 lead but kind of let off the hook and Fort McMurray kept on working,” said Menzies. “It’s kind of how it’s been this year. There’s been some big wins and then some letdowns but that’s all part of having a young team and adjusting.”
The following night, the Pontiacs didn’t make the same mistakes putting nine by the Oil Barons to defeat them 9-3. Bonnyville got scoring from almost everyone with 13 players collecting at least a point. Thorne led them in the point category, however, getting four assists on the night for his 14th multi-point game of the season. Between the pipes, Easton Hesse made his third straight start making 29 stops for his 18th win of the season.
Bonnyville was also in action last night defeating the Lloydminster Bobcats 6-4 on the road. They’ll then play two more games over the weekend with both the Drayton Valley Thunder on home ice on Friday night, and then Fort McMurray on Sunday at the Casman Centre.