The team earned a 4-1 win over Medicine Hat Venom (0-8-5) at the Taber Arena on Friday night.
“You can never take any team in this league for granted because it is such a close league. A record doesn’t really show how a team is doing,” said Derek Wiest, co-coach of the Taber midget “AA” Golden Suns. “And because they are in the same division as us and we are fighting for the same playoff spot, we always want to be ready for those types of games.”
Jared Broderson led the way with a goal and two assists in the win. Cole Nakamura, Dylan Heppler and Steven Swartz also scored for the Suns ,who got an assist from Hayden Macleod. Dillan Kelly faced 33 shots on net to earn the win.
“We worked hard and got the lead early and kind of did what we had to do to keep the win,” said Wiest. “We did the little things right. We tightened up where we didn’t seem to be able to generate the offence sitting back a bit. We protected the lead and at the end of the day it worked out.”
The team followed up by battling Bow Valley Timberwolves (5-8-1) to a 2-2 draw at the Taber Arena on Saturday night.
Broderson and Matthew Nadeau tallied for the Suns who got an assist from Nakamura. Dylan Swanson faced 35 shots to ensure the tie.
“We were just not as prepared as we could have been, being that we beat them 7-2 the week before,” said Wiest. “They played a good road game and we just couldn’t seem to get anything going that game. It was a tough one, where they only had 12 skaters and you really want to get those Ws when you can.”
Golden Suns hit the road this weekend with a game against Sylvan Lake Lakers on Saturday and on Sunday against Okotoks Oilers.
“We’re still fighting to try and catch teams in our division. We just caught Foothills,” said Wiest. “We have a tough road trip ahead with Sylvan Lake and Okotoks being the top teams in the south, but if we play our game and work hard, we’ll always give ourselves a chance to win.”
BANTAM: Taber bantam “AA” Golden Suns (6-8-1) suffered a 6-1 loss to Bow Valley Timberwolves (10-4-1) on the road on Sunday.
Ace Wenbourne scored the lone Suns tally with an assist from Landon Veluw.
Scott Tersteeg faced 50 shots in the loss.
An earlier road game against Red Deer Steel Kings was not available form the SCAHL web site on Monday afternoon.
Taber bantam “AA” Golden Suns host Foothills Bisons on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. at the Taber arena.
PEEWEE: Taber peewee “AA” Golden Suns (4-8-1) were edged 4-3 in South Central Alberta Hockey League play by Red Deer Parkland (4-10-2) at the Taber arena on Sunday afternoon.
Kolby James, Josh Conley and Kalem Haney all scored for the Suns. Dylan Nevil, Darian Virostek, Haney, Tristan Miller and Derrien Tonin had assists.
Taber peewee “AA” Golden Suns travel to battle the Cranbrook Eagles on Saturday before returning home to host the Sylvan Lake Lakers on Sunday at 1 p.m. the Taber arena.