Massive Drug Seizure in Whitecourt Leads to Charges

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team announced that four individuals from the Whitecourt-area have been charged a combined 122 times relating to drugs and weapons offences.

30 year old Jeffrey Smith from Whitecourt, 23 year old Clayton Taylor and 25 year old Alyssa Leakvold, both from Woodlands County and 24 year old Dustin Jennings from Fort Assiniboine are the ones facing charges.

ALERT’s Mike Tucker with more details on the arrests.

Tucker says the seizure of the firearms is the more alarming trend.  Three of the four were previously known to police, Jennings was the only one not on law enforcement’s radar.


Wolverines Double Down in Spruce Grove

The Whitecourt Wolverines scored early and often on Tuesday night as they beat the Spruce Grove Saints 6-2 at the Grant Fuhr Arena, the Wolverines now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1.

For a second straight game, the Wolverines scored a goal in the opening minute.  On an early power play, Nick Quillan blasted home a point shot just six seconds into the man-advantage to get the Wolverines out in front of the Saints.  Approaching the midway point of the period, the Wolverines added another goal after some great work by Cody Laskosky as he stole a puck while in on a forecheck, toe-dragged to the middle and fired a shot on goal that generated a rebound that Estian Coetzee knocked into the net.  The Wolverines added one more goal before the period was out as with just over a minute left in the frame, Mitch Lipon wheeled behind the Spruce Grove net and spotted a wide open Joseph Nardi in the slot who one-timed the pass between the legs of Saint starting goalie Brandon Wells.  The goal would be the last that Wells would surrender as he was given the hook and replaced by Nolan Kent.

The Saints opened the second period on the attack and were rewarded less than three minutes in, Ryan McKinnon gloved down a Wolverine clearing attempt, skated into the slot and snapped a hard low shot just past the glove of Wolverine goalie Pierce Diamond.  The Wolverines would get a chance to answer right back as they were afforded a power play shortly after the Saints goal and they made it count with Morgan Messenger bouncing a shot off the pad of Kent right to Mitch Lipon who buried the rebound.  Four minutes later the Wolverines struck again on a power play when Joseph Nardi slid a perfect backdoor pass to Liam Motley for a tap-in.  In the second half of the period the teams would trade power plays and just as the sixth Wolverine power play of the game had expired, Tanner Foster drilled home a one-timer from the top of the left wing circle extending the visitor’s lead to five with 90 seconds left in the period.

The third period featured even more special teams work for both sides, but neither team’s power play could connect.  The Saints pulled to within four on a strange goal midway through the period, a goal mouth scramble created a loose puck inside the Wolverines crease that appeared to be knocked to safety before it could cross the goal line but at the next stoppage in play the goal judge signalled to the officials that the puck had in fact crossed the line and after about five minutes of discussion the referee pointed to centre ice giving the Saints their second goal of the game.  The Saints would not come any closer though as the Wolverines skated away with a 6-2 victory.

Game five of the series goes Friday night back in Whitecourt at the Scott Safety Centre, puck drop is set for 7:30pm.

Whitecourt Wolverine forward Eric Krienke discusses his team’s convincing win:

Scoring Summary

1st Period:

WCT Goal – 0:58 – Nick Quillan(2) from Justin Young and Joseph Nardi (PP)

WCT Goal – 7:47 – Estian Coetzee(1) from Cody Laskosky and Evan Tschumi (EV)

WCT Goal – 18:59 – Joseph Nardi(3) from Mitch Lipon and Kellan Cornelis (EV)

2nd Period:

SG Goal – 2:51 – Ryan McKinnon(3) unassisted (EV)

WCT Goal – 5:59 – Mitch Lipon(3) from Morgan Messenger and Eric Krienke (PP)

WCT Goal – 9:08 – Liam Motley(4) from Joseph Nardi and Tanner Foster (PP)

WCT Goal – 18:28 – Tanner Foster(2) from Nick Quillan and Eric Krienke (EV)

3rd Period:

SG Goal – 9:15 – Brett Smythe(2) unassisted (EV)

Shots – WCT 31 (14-7-10) SG 20 (4-7-9)

Power Plays – WCT 3/11 SG 0/4

Attendance – 875


WCT – Pierce Diamond (6-1) 18sv/20sh

SG – Brandon Wells (2-2) 11sv/14sh (18:59), Nolan Kent (2-1) 14sv/17sh (41:01)

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