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Wheatland Chiefs win 5th straight

Dan Marcinkowski is the Strathmore Standard's Sports and Wheatland County council reporter. Contact him with any and all information, story tips or concerns at 403-934-3021 ext. 308.

By Dan Marcinkowski, Strathmore Standard

The Wheatland Chiefs AA hockey team are enjoying a great 5-0-0 start to their season after a 2-1 win vs he CNHA Canucks at the Family Centre on Oct. 15 and a 3-1 win vs Lethbridge on Oct. 16.

The Wheatland Chiefs AA hockey team are enjoying a great 5-0-0 start to their season after a 2-1 win vs he CNHA Canucks at the Family Centre on Oct. 15 and a 3-1 win vs Lethbridge on Oct. 16.

The Wheatland Chiefs midget AA hockey team are enjoying a 5-0-0 start to their season.

On Oct. 15 the Chiefs and CNHA Canucks played in a very close and good hockey game. The Chiefs had a 2-0 lead in the third, as the Canucks goalie made some big saves to keep his team in the game. The Canucks then scored and made the game close, but the Chiefs held off and won 2-1. Riley Stovka made 27 in the win.

The next day, the Lethbridge Hurricanes visited Strathmore and the Chiefs won 3-1. Robert Butterwick scored twice for the Chiefs as the Wheatland team stayed undefeated. Ty Tarvyd made 23 saves in the win.

The Chiefs have had a great start, but work still needs to be done, if this team plays to its potential.

“It’s coming,” said Chiefs coach Evan Barlow.

“We have a good mix of offense and defense and so far we have been good, but we can always play better.”

The coach said the first 20 minutes in the Canucks game, the Chiefs didn’t come out ready and were lucky to not let in any goals.

“There’s still a lot of growing to do,” said Barlow.

“We have to create more plays from wingers, which comes from the defense setting them up. We have to take care of the puck a little better on those breakouts,” he said.

“In AA the tendency is to flip it right through the middle when players are in the neutral zone. I think we have enough strong guys to get better at that and learn how to better take care of the puck.”

The coaching staff didn’t set any goals with the team in regards to winning or making the playoffs, but the philosophy is to see improvement each

game.

“We want to develop a team game through individual skill. We are trying to take each kid’s strength and build on those. We are still learning how to be a better team and until Christmas or after Christmas, we will buck down a system of play,” said

Barlow.

“We want to develop these kids to the best of our ability and get them ready for the next level.”

The Chiefs next home game will be Oct. 29 at the Family Centre at 4:45 p.m. against CRAA

Gold.

The peewee Braves continue to try and find their game. They had some close games, but they are currently 0-6-1 on the

season.

Meanwhile, the Bantam Warriors are 2-5-1 on the season after losing to Okotoks on Oct. 15 and winning against Red Deer on Oct. 16. 



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