GYAC Championship Weekend
Live from Edson, it’s a weekend filled with Junior Boys’ and Girls’ basketball. It all starts today.
All six Edson based schools will be in action for the Greater Yellowhead Athletics Conference championships.
Games will be played at Holy Redeemer, Vanier, Pine Grove and YKCS with the first batch of games starting at 10:00 am.
Offensive Explosion, Wolverines Dismantle DV
The Whitecourt Wolverines scored seven times in an 11:48 span as they dispatched the Drayton Valley Thunder (15-36-4) 9-2 on Friday night at the Scott Safety Centre.
It took the Wolverines just 20 seconds to turn on the red light as a returning Justin Young slid a backhand pass to the front of the net that captain Joseph Nardi redirected five-hole on Thunder starting goalie Joseph McLeod. The Thunder would equalize on their first shot of the game just past the five-minute mark as Felip Gosselin feathered a back-door pass to Levi Johnson for a tap-in. The Wolverines had a great opportunity to retake their lead when they were given a five-minute power play after Zach Cox was ejected for a check-from-behind on Stevie Bryant, who would leave with an injury and not return, but the Thunder kept the Wolverines top-ranked power play in check. With the teams back at even strength, McLeod turned in several big saves to keep the game tied until late in the period. On another power play, the Wolverines would strike when Eric Krienke had his cross-crease pass deflect right back to him and he made no mistake on the wide open net with just under two minutes to play in the opening frame. 54 seconds later, Morgan Messenger batted down a chest high pass and walked into the left-wing circle and snapped a shot far-side on McLeod. The Wolverines weren’t done there as they saved the prettiest goal for last in the period; Mitch Lipon turned a defenceman inside out in the slot with a toe drag that also got McLeod to bite and flipped a backhand shot top shelf.
The Wolverines kept the offence coming less than five minutes into the second period as Krienke collected his second goal of the game as he muscled a shot from the slot between the legs of Parker Tobin who relieved McLeod to start the middle period. Less than a minute later, Wolverines defenceman Kellan Cornelis took a drop pass from Young and lasered a slapshot past Tobin to increase the lead to five. Dawson Bruneski tacked on another before the period was halfway done as he got a step on a Thunder defenceman and made a nice move to his backhand where he slipped the puck five-hole. Following the media timeout, Krienke completed his hat-trick as he picked up a loose puck in the slot and fired a bullet over the blocker of Tobin. No more goals would be scored through the remainder of the period but the Thunder would lose another player to a game misconduct as Levi Johnson was ejected after he cross-checked Noah Tooke in the back of the head well after a whistle, Tooke was able to stay in the game.
The two teams traded power play goals in the latter half of the third period, Marcus Walter for the Thunder on an absolute missile from the blueline and Cody Laskosky pounced on a rebound on a Wolverine man advantage.
The Wolverines (38-12-6) are back in action on home ice Saturday night when they welcome the Spruce Grove Saints (37-17-2) to the Scott Safety Centre and 7:30pm.
WCT Goal- 0:20 – Joseph Nardi(16) from Justin Young and Liam Motley (EV)
DV Goal – 5:22 – Levi Johnson(4) from Felip Gosselin (EV)
WCT Goal – 18:11 – Eric Krienke(20) from Joseph Nardi and Mitch Lipon (PP)
WCT Goal – 19:05 – Morgan Messenger(23) from Tanner Foster and Justin Young (EV)
WCT Goal – 19:50 – Mitch Lipon(23) from Eric Krienke and Morgan Messenger (EV)
WCT Goal – 4:50 – Eric Krienke(21) from Mitch Lipon (EV)
WCT Goal – 5:46 – Kellan Cornelis(4) from Justin Young and Dawson Bruneski (EV)
WCT Goal – 9:47 – Dawson Bruneski(4) from Tanner Foster (EV)
WCT Goal – 10:59 – Eric Krienke(22) from Morgan Messenger and Mitch Lipon (EV)
DV Goal – 13:20 – Marcus Walter(5) from Tyler Benko and Nolan Krewusik (PP)
WCT Goal – 15:27 – Cody Laskosky(12) from Ben Evanish and Ryan Grant (PP)
Shots – WCT 53 (18-22-13) DV 17 (6-7-4)
Power Plays – WCT 2/4 DV 1/4
Attendance – 530
WCT – Pierce Diamond (25-5-4) 15sv/17sh
DV – Joseph McLeod (9-19-3) 14sv/18sh (20:00), Parker Tobin (6-17-1) 30sv/35sh (40:00)