By Cole Parkinson
The South Central Alberta Hockey League regular season continues to roll as two of the three Taber Golden Suns hit the ice for a handful of games over the weekend.
There was a single game on tap this past weekend for the U13 Golden Suns as they were on the road on Friday night as they took on the Wheatland Braves. It was all Braves to start the game as they ripped off four straight goals.
In the second, the Suns answered back with two of their own to cut the lead in half. Jude Klingenberg got the part started with a powerplay goal as Hudson Stenger and Ben Van Der Linde had the assists. With just over a minute to go in the period, Van Der Linde found the back of the net as the Suns went into the third down by two.
The Suns continued to find the back of the net in the third as Nash Skanderup had the third Taber goal with Hayden Eldridge and Travis Jackson collecting the assists. With just over five minutes to play, Jackson would tie the game with Grayson Honess chipping in with an assist. Unfortunately for the Suns, the Braves would score two in quick succession before the end of the game as they skated to a 6-4 win. Drew Tame was the starting netminder for Taber and made 39 saves on 45 shots.
The Suns now have the coming weekend off before they return for a pair of games on Feb. 3 and 4.
The U15s finally returned to the ice for SCAHL action this past weekend as they hit the road for two games.
On Saturday, the Suns took on the West Central Tigers. After a quick goal early in the period from Nixen Miller, neither team was able to find the back of the net as Taber took a 1-0 lead into the middle frame. Foster Weatherhead drew the lone assist on the opening goal.
Weatherhead would extend that lead in the second as Liam Okell and Heston Hansen drew the assist. The Tigers would find their first goal a few minutes later and the period would end in favour of Taber, 2-1. In the third, the Tigers would tie the game up and that was all the offence in the period as the game ended 2-2.
Sunday saw the Suns back on the road, this time up north to take on the Red Deer Steel Kings. Red Deer had the lone goal in the first period, but Weatherhead would even things up midway through the second on the powerplay. Hansen and Okell drew the assists and the game would head tied heading into the final frame.
After three-quarters of the way through the period, Hansen would break the deadlock with an unassisted goal. The Suns would hold on the rest of the way as they clinched a 2-1 victory. Dakota Hurst was a machine between the pipes as the netminder made 65 saves on 66 shots.
The U15 Suns return to the ice next Sunday as they head out on the road to take on the Okotoks Oilers.
It was a weekend with no SCAHL play for the U18s as they return to the ice on Jan. 28 when they take on CRAA Gold on the road.