Wildrose Finals Staying in Barrhead

A September staple in Barrhead. The Wildrose Rodeo Finals and the town have reached a deal for the event to continue on over the next three years.

Mayor Gerry St. Pierre says the event highlights the community’s spirit when it rolls in.

St. Pierre feels there was never any risk to the community losing the showcase.

He says the event does have a positive economic impact for the region but the greater reward is the promotion Barrhead receives.


Wolverines Gut Out Win in Olds

The Whitecourt Wolverines concluded their weekend road trip with a 3-1 win over the Olds Grizzlys on Saturday night (12-25-5).

The Wolverines got off to a sluggish start in the first period surrendering the first seven shots of the game but fortunately for the Wolverines, goaltender Pierce Diamond was dialed in early and kept the game scoreless.  With 3:35 to play in the opening frame the Wolverines were able to open the scoring when Ryan Grant scooted down the left wing wall and had his pass in front deflected in by Justin Young.

The Wolverines improved through the latter half of the first period and into the second period where they would extend their lead just 59 seconds in as Liam Motley banked a puck in off Grizzlys netminder Andrew Henderson from below the goal-line.  After the unlucky goal against Henderson settled down and turned away a number of Wolverine scoring chances to keep his team in the game.  The Grizzlys were able to get on the board at the 14:34 mark of the period when Ryley Smith got in on the forecheck and eventually got the puck to the front of the net where Tyr Thompson went top shelf to half the visitor’s lead.

After being held to just four shots in the second period the Grizzlys began to play more aggressively in an attempt to get the game tied in the third period, but as they ratcheted up their play, so did Pierce Diamond, culminating with a three-save sequence to keep his team in front midway through the stanza.  The Wolverines put the game away for good when Eric Krienke followed up on a fast break play and deked out Andrew Henderson sliding the puck in on his backhand.

The Wolverines (29-10-4) return to home ice on Tuesday day when they welcome the Spruce Grove Saints (27-12-2).

Scoring Summary

1st Period:

WCT Goal – 16:25 – Justin Young(22) from Ryan Grant and Joseph Nardi (EV)

2nd Period:

WCT Goal – 0:59 – Liam Motley(21) from Colton Meekhof (EV)

OG Goal – 14:34 – Tyr Thompson(12) from Ryley Smith and Austin Holmes (EV)

3rd Period:

WCT Goal – 15:36 – Eric Krienke(13) from Mitch Lipon (EV)

Shots – WCT 32 (8-16-8) OG 23 (10-4-9)

Power Plays – WCT 0/2 OG 0/2

Attendance: 430


WCT – Pierce Diamond (16-4-2) 22sv/23sh

OG – Andrew Henderson (6-13-0) 29sv/32sh

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