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Wolf Pack on the prowl in Novice hockey tourney

Ethan Grier

Ethan Grier (4) of the Fort Macleod Wolf Pack is stopped by the Lethbridge Kings goalie on Saturday morning. Ethan scored three goals in the game.

A hungry Wolf Pack turned in three strong performances in a weekend Novice hockey tournament at Fort Macleod.
The host Wolf Pack won two of three games in the eight-team tournament at Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.
Bassano, Bow Valley, Kainai, Midnapore, Pincher Creek and two Lethbridge teams also took part.
When the weekend storm kept most of Bassano’s team away, players from Fort Macleod’s Novice and Intro teams suited up to provide some opposition for Kainai and Midnapore.
Kings 10 Wolf Pack 7
The tournament opened Saturday morning with the host Wolf Pack taking on the Lethbridge Kings.
The Kings looked like they were going to run away with it as they opened a 4-0 lead by early in the second period.
Then George Wollersheim scored two goals just over two minutes apart and Fort Macleod was back in it, trailing just 4-2.
Lethbridge scored again to pull in front 5-2, but the Wolf Pack came back with a goal by Ethan Grier.
Then the Kings scored with three minutes left in the second period and led 6-3 heading into the dressing room.
If anyone thought the Wolf Pack was done, they were sadly mistaken.

Fort Macleod Wolf Pack goalie Mason Brussee makes a save in the Novice hockey tournament.

Coaches Jason Austin, Brent Brussee and Lee Smith rallied the troops between periods and the Wolf Pack came out snarling.
Ethan Grier scored twice early in the third to complete his hat trick and cut the Kings lead to 6-5. George Wollersheim picked up an assist on one of the goals.
Two minutes later George Wollersheim tied the game 6-6 on a solo effort, completing his own hat trick.
Four minutes later Braxton Wells set up Wollersheim for his fourth of the game and Fort Macleod had its first lead, 7-6.
After that, however, Lethbridge took control with four consecutive goals to record a 10-7 win.
Wolf Pack 17 Chinooks 1
The Wolf Pack reduced the Pincher Creek Chinooks to a breeze, rolling to a convincing 17-1 win.
The Wolf Pack scored 11 unanswered goals in the first period and added three more in the second.
Fort Macleod was in front 17-0 before Rylan Bruns scored with 6:37 remaining to spoil Wolf Pack goalie Mason Brussee’s shutout bid.
George Wollersheim had five goals and two assists, Ethan Grier had four goals and one helper and Brandon Creighton notched a hat trick and assisted on another
Peyton Smith had a goal and two assists, Brandi Yellow Wings, Jack Austin and Braxton Wells each had a goal and an assist and Thunder Crow Shoe scored once for the Wolf Pack.
John Zmurchyk, Blake Small Legs and Amy Craig each had an assist.
Wolf Pack 8 Flash 4
The Wolf Pack exploded for five consecutive third-period goals Sunday on their way to an 8-4 win over Lethbridge Flash.
The teams were tied 3-3 heading into the third period, which is when the Wolf Pack took control.
George Wollersheim recorded a natural hat trick, Ethan Grier and Brandon Creighton both scored twice and Amy Craig had a single for the Wolf Pack.
Peyton Smith had two assists and Gavin Crow Shoe, Greg Burrows and Lorne Many Guns each had one helper.
In another game the joint Bassano-Fort Macleod team rolled to a 14-2 win over Midnapore.
George Wollersheim had three goals and three assists, Brandon Creighton had three goals and an assist, Ethan Grier scored three goals, Jack Austin and Alex Treacy each had two and Thunder Crow Shoe scored once.
Jesse Lyke had two assists and Greg Burrows, Gavin Crow Shoe, John Zmurchyk, Amy Craig and Loren Many Guns had one.
In other tournament action it was:

  • Bow Valley Flames 4, Lethbridge Kings 4;
  • Pincher Creek Chinooks 9, Midnapore Titans 2;
  • Lethbridge Flash 9, Lethbridge Kings 7;
  • Bassano 14, Midnapore 2;
  • Lethbridge Flash 22, Pincher Creek 2;
  • Bow Valley 25, Kainai Little Chiefs 0;
  • Kainai Little Chiefs 13, Fort Macleod Intro 0.
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