Aaron Caris reaches for the puck on October 15, during the Vermilion Rock exhibition game against Elk Point.
The Vermilion Rock Hockey Team held their first exhibition game on home ice against Elk Point on October 15, after poor road conditions cancelled their October 14, game.
Tons of energy in the first period paid off earning them three goals, scored by Stephen Simmons, Trent Dutchak, and Adam Webb.
During the second period, players began to lose their legs a bit and allowed Elk Point to score two goals. Elk Point acquired 15 penalties throughout the game including two players thrown out, while the Rock had nine penalties.
The Rock got back to business in the third period. Wade Farkash scored the final goal bringing the final score to 4 - 2 in favour of the Vermilion Rock.
“We’ve got our work cut out for us. The Sask-Alta Senior Hockey League has 15 teams and was split into two divisions this year, so returning to the playoffs will be a little tougher. As well, we lost a number of veteran players, but have some younger guys from Vermilion filling the void. Instead of the regular average age being 25 – 30 years old, these players are only 19 – 21 years old, so there’s a lot of new energy. It’s going to be an exciting year!” said Coach Darcy Fadden.
Dan Webb handles the puck during the Vermilion Rock exhibition game against Elk Point on October 15. Photos Angela Mouly