Novices skate hard in home tournament

The Smokey Blue Star Novices hosted five teams in their annual home tournament on Jan 28 and 29. The Novices were joined by drop down first year Atoms Eric Golob, Jared Wylie, and Christopher McKay.

In the first game against the Chetwynd Snipers, Caleb Cyr scored a pair of goals and Eric Golob added a single to put the team up 3-0 after the first ten minutes. Chetwynd scored three goals in the next 5 minutes to tie the game at 3, where the first period ended. Golob found the net twice in the second to build a 5-3 lead after 2. The Snipers got one back in the third, but Christopher McKay and Jared Wylie put the game out of reach, and the game ended in the first win of the season for the Novices.

In the second game, the team had two goals that were disallowed, and that made a difference in a 7-4 loss. Eric Golob scored a hat trick, and Chris McKay added a single in the loss.

Game three saw our boys up 3-0 again after the first period on an Eric Golob hat trick.

But that was it for the squad, as the Chetwynd team scored 3 goals in the second to tie it, then another 3 in the third, before Chris McKay replied with 4:31 to go. The game ended with a 7-4 loss. The game saw the team down, as the referee allowed a goal that clearly did not go in the net. ?Unfortunately we only have six certified referees in TR this year, and four of them were out of town playing hockey. With one official, it is tough to see everything. They have two refs and two linesmen every game in the NHL. So we have one guy doing the job of four. We are not complaining at all, we are just looking for some patience and empathy from the players, coaches, and fans. If there are any concerns, sign up and be a referee for next season?, thought referee Larry White.

The last match up was against a tough team from Taylor. They scored first, but we answered back with two more Golobian goals to win the first period 2-1. Taylor had a strong second period and scored three unanswered goals. Eric finished his 4th hat trick of the day in the third to make it a 4-3 game. But the Taylor gang potted another two, and the game ended 6-3.

?Great tournament, well organized. We get a lot of comments on the quality of our ice and facility?, noted referee Collison. ?It is something we can all be proud of, especially when the visitors go out of their way to let us know.?