By Cole Parkinson
Westwind Weekly News
The Central Alberta Hockey League schedule is rolling forward and Raymond Knight teams are looking to collect more wins as the season winds down.
Only one game was played this past weekend for the U11 Knights.
Raymond played host to Taber on Saturday afternoon, and the home team was able to clinch an 8-5 win. Lane Smith was on fire with a hat trick and an assist, Jaxton Rodeback had a pair of goals and an assist, Dax Hill had two snipes, Drew Tame had a single goal, and Banks Sugai and Ronald James Moline collected an assist each. Kalani Purcell was in between the pipes for Raymond and made 18 saves on 23 shots.
The coming weekend sees another game on the U11 Knights’ schedule as they line up against Vauxhall at home on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
The past weekend saw a pair of close games for the U13 knights.
On Friday evening, the team hit the road to Magrath to take on the Chiefs. In an extremely tight game, Magrath would edge out Raymond with a 4-3 win. Bronx Hill found the score sheet with a goal and an assist, Hayes Hill and Nixon Roe had the other Raymond markers. Nate Nelson got the start in net and made 32 saves on 36 shots.
Despite the early setback, the team was ready for another tight contest on Saturday when the Picture Butte Blades came to town. This time though, the Knights were able to secure a 5-4 victory on home ice. Easton Fraser had the hot stick with a hat trick, Hayes Hill and Lily Rodeback had a single goal each, and Bronx Hill had an assist. Nelson was back between the pipes and made 35 saves on 39 shots.
Two games are set for the coming weekend as they prepare to host Vulcan on Friday at 8 p.m. and Bow Island/Foremost on Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
It was a busy weekend for the U18 Knights as they suited up for two games over the past weekend.
On Friday night, the team welcomed in Lethbridge and the home team was able to dominate from start to finish with a 9-1 win. Cohen Fraser had a hat trick and an assist, Gunner Ravoy had two goals, Brody Smith, John Pickens, Grady Vandenhoek, and Jake Gedrasik all had a goal and an assist, while Daxon Helgerson chipped in with one assist. Tyler Creed was the Knights’ goaltender and he was sharp stopping 34 on 3h shots on net.
Saturday’s game on the road against Bow Island/Foremost resulted in a much closer matchup. This time though, the Knights would fall 6-2 after six unanswered goals.
Keston Henry and Ravoy would have the Knight markers with Vandenhoek drawing an assist. Creed was back between the pipes and made 24 saves on 30 shots.
The U18 Knights now prepare for a two-game weekend. Saturday sees the team at home with a rematch against Bow Island/Foremost at 5:30 p.m. The weekend ends with a 1:45 p.m. game in Brooks on Sunday.