Pinedale HS hockey finishes WAHL play
Games with Jackson, Cheyenne and Riverton
by Craig Sheppard
February 6, 2006
The Pinedale high school age hockey team wrapped up their WAHL season with three games at home last weekend. They started out playing 3rd ranked Jackson on Friday night. The two teams played even in the first period with both teams skating hard and both getting about the same amount of shots on goal. Neither team could score until the second period when Jackson scored a power play goal. Pinedale came back near the end of the period with a goal by Drew Guenthner assisted by Emily Elder to tie the game up going into the final period. After the zamboni fresh ice break, Jackson came out strong and outshot the Glaciers and controlled most of the period. They scored two goals to beat Pinedale 3-1. John Stach in goal for Pinedale made 24 saves on 27 shots while Pinedale got 16 shots off against the Jackson goalie.
Saturday morning saw a tired looking Pinedale come out against Cheyenne. Cheyenne scored four unanswered goals in the first period to go up 4-0. Pinedale had come from 4 goals down once before this season and started a comeback late in the second period on a goal by Drew Guenthner assisted by Jeremy Silvey and Emilie Elder but Cheyenne came right back with a goal only 10 seconds later. Pinedale scored a minute later on another goal (power play) by Drew Guenthner assisted by both Pinedale defense ladies (Emilie Elder and Kathryn Konicek), only to have Cheyenne comeback with a shorthanded goal with only a minute left to go in the game. Pinedaleís Jeremy Silvey ended the game with a power play goal assisted by Kathryn Konicek but it was to late, Pinedale lost 6-3. Chris Manning, in goal for Pinedale, made 25 saves on 31 shots. Pinedale managed 26 shots on the Cheyenne goalie.
The final game of the day, and now a very important game for final standings, saw the Pinedale Glaciers playing the Riverton River Rats. The first period was again very even, with neither team being able to score and both getting 7 shots on the opposing goalie. Then Riverton opened up the scoring only a minute into the second period on an unassisted goal by Nik Cessna. Pinedale waited almost 7 minutes before they could manage to score on a goal by Jeremy Silvey assisted by Michael McDaniel and Drew Guenthner, then Pinedale dominated getting 31 shots in the final two periods to Rivertonís 16 shots. In the third period Michael McDaniel scored the game winning goal assisted by Jeremey Silvey and Drew Guenthner and Drew Guenthner finished off the scoring with a empty net goal assisted by Shane Underwood. John Stach, in goal for Pinedale, made 21 saves on 22 shots for the win
This was the last weekend for Pinedale in league action, but there are still more Wyoming teams playing their last scheduled games in Sheridan next weekend. After that we will know how Pinedale is ranked for the State playoffs to be held here in Pinedale the weekend of Feb. 24-26. Watch for a schedule of games later in the month and come out and watch these young athletes compete for the State Midget B WAHL Championship.
Pinedale goes to Salmon, Idaho to compete in an invitational tournament next weekend. Teams from Salmon, Idaho; Sun Valley, Idaho; Ogden, Utah; Missoula, Montana; Spokane, Washington and Pinedale will be participating there.