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Whirlwind weekend for Crowsnest Pass Thunder

Wednesday, 24 November 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Whirlwind weekend for Crowsnest Pass Thunder
The Crowsnest Pass Thunder U11 team faced the Magrath Chiefs on Sunday.     Photo courtesy of Lauren Kirkman

Whirlwind weekend for Crowsnest Pass Thunder

By Jenaya Launstein
Community Reporter

Both the Crowsnest Pass Thunder U11 and U9 hockey teams saw action this past weekend, with all games being high-scoring affairs.


The U11 Thunder faced the Cardston Thunder on Saturday. It was a busy morning and the final score was 14-4 for Cardston.

Scoring two goals each for Crowsnest Pass was Aidan Bishop and Sophie Gibboney-Stafford. Jack Bishop and Sam Graham picked up the assists.

Owen Kirkman was between the pipes for the home team and faced over 90 shots.

On Sunday, the Thunder welcomed the Magrath Chiefs to the Crowsnest Sports Complex. The teams were evenly matched and ended the game tied 6-6.

Parker Bunnage had an amazing game, netting a hat-trick. Sophie Gibboney-Stafford added two more, and rounding out the Thunder’s goals was Jack Bishop. Assisting were Aidan Bishop, Parker Bunnage, Sophie Gibboney-Stafford and Owen Kirkman.

In net for Crowsnest Pass was Nicolas Gillespie, who saved 29 of the 35 shots he faced and posted a .828 save percentage.

The next game for the U11 Thunder is this Sunday when they travel to Okotoks.


The U9 team headed west over the weekend to compete in a tournament in Fernie.

The Thunder’s first game was against Cranbrook, with Crowsnest Pass coming out on top by a score of 16-8.

Chase Legroux scored his first-ever goal at the tournament. Ember Cytko scored a hat-trick, as well as Nash Lafreniere and Mikka Kufftinoff. Scoring two goals each were Griffin Luini and Ben Vanderkooy. Jaxon Fulkerth and Mateo Maughey also scored for the Thunder.

Picking up helpers were Griffin Luini, Ember Cytko and Abbott Graham. Between the pipes for Crowsnest Pass was Garrison Gillard.

The game’s heart and hustle award went to Ember Cytko, and the player of the game was Noah Burton.

Later that afternoon, the Thunder faced Cranbrook’s second team. The well-fought match was a close one, but Crowsnest Pass came away with a 15-12 win.

Scoring for the Thunder were Mikka Kufftinoff, Garrison Gillard, Cruz McKee, Nash Lafreniere, Jaxon Fulkerth and Zander Fulkerth. A special shoutout is in order for Zander, as this was his first-ever goal! The goal was made even more special by the fact it was assisted by his brother, Jaxon.

Registering assists in the game were Abbott Graham, Nash Lafreniere, Jaxon Fulkerth, Cruz McKee and Garrison Gillard.

Backstopping the Thunder to victory was Chase Legroux.

Mikka Kufftinoff won the heart and hustle award, and Jaxon Fulkerth took home player of the game honours.

The Thunder’s last game of the tournament was on Sunday against the Taber Oil Kings. Try as they might, the team couldn’t keep the momentum going and lost to Taber 12-6.

Nash Lafreniere picked up his second hat-trick of the tournament, with the rest of Crowsnest’s goals coming from Griffin Luini, Jaxon Fulkerth and Garrison Gillard. All goals were unassisted with the exception of Garrison’s, who received a pass from Griffin Luini.

Noah Burton was in net for the Thunder.

Receiving the heart and hustle award honours was Chase Legroux. Griffin Luini was named player of the game.

The U9 Thunder’s next game is against the Sparwood Kodiaks at 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Crowsnest Sportsplex.