By Cole Parkinson
For Taber Times
With November rolling along, the tiering round is at its end for the Central Alberta Hockey League. With the Taber teams in action this past weekend, it was their final weekend of games before the tiering break coming this weekend.
The U11 Oil Kings had one game on their schedule this past weekend as they welcomed in Pincher Creek on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately for Taber, Pincher Creek’s offence rolled in all three periods en route to a 10-4 win. Taber saw Lincoln Braun and Paxton Foote score a pair of goals each while Luke Engwer found the scoresheet with an assist. Dylan Volk got the start between the pipes and made 44 saves on 54 shots.
It was a two-game weekend for the U13 Oil Kings as they looked to end the tiering round strong. On Saturday afternoon, the team hit the road to take on Bow Island. The Oil Kings ran into a buzz saw and were defeated 19-2 in the first action of the weekend. Dalan Blasetti and Logan Rabusic had the Taber goals while Mitchell Kimoto and Seth Jespersen had the assists. Aidyn Derksen Arnel was the starter in net for Taber and made 33 saves on 52 shots.
Looking to rebound, the Oil Kings saw High Country come to town the following morning. In a battle of offence, Taber was unable to hold off High Country and the home team fell in the third period 10-9. Rabusic had four goals in the game to lead the offence while Blasetti and Jaxson Tychsen had two each. Dallin Langhofer-Krahn, Samuel Hathaway, Kimoto, and Jespersen each had two assists, Blake Untereiner had a goal, and Cooper Broderson chipped in with an assist. Chance Crowson was in net for Taber and the netminder made 28 saves on 38 shots.
The U15s also wrapped up tiering with two final games this past weekend.
Saturday’s action saw the team hit Highway 3 to take on Lethbridge White. Thanks to big second and third periods, the Oil Kings were able to skate to a 7-3 victory. Lincoln Wiebe was untouchable as he scored six of the seven goals for Taber. Julian Woordman had a goal and an assist, Skylar Jensen had two assists, and Dawson Reynolds and Ethan Volk each had one assist. Brodyn Sutka was in net for Taber and the starter made 25 saves on 28 shots.
The team would return home on Sunday for a matchup against High Country. High Country would score early and often in the game as they took it 10-4. Wiebe, Jenner Workman, and Ryder Nielsen all had a goal and an assist in the game while Ethan Volk had a single goal. Dallin Langhofer-Krahn was called up for the game and chipped in with an assist. Jack Lukacs was the starting netminder for Taber, making 45 saves on 55 shots.
The final weekend of tiering for the U18 Oil Kings saw the team looking for their first win of the season.
Taber was hopeful to get off to a good start on Friday when they took on Bow Island/Foremost. The home team was dominant from start to finish as they blanked Taber 7-0. Ty Dorin was in net for Taber and the goalie made 45 saves on 52 shots.
With the team returning home on Sunday afternoon, the Oil Kings looked for a rebound effort when Chestermere came to town. The Taber offence exploded in the game as they were able to carve out a 12-5 victory. Kellen Lauwen had five goals while Kayden Kress had four. Ayden Umbach and Aiden Farewell each had three assists, Tristen Egeland-Cusker had a pair of goals, and Konnor Wiebe had two assists. Tate Kanashima scored one goal while Carter Jensen, Mason Van Seters, Branson Devlieger, and Kylan Odland all had an assist in the win. Avery Remfert was between the pipes and made 25 saves on 30 shots.