The Nakusp Atoms Falcons teams played host to the Kaslo Winterhawks for a double header on Saturday, Jan. 26. The Falcons have a young team with a roster totalling 12 players. On Saturday, the team hit the ice with eight skaters due to illness and injury. Kaslo fielded a team of 16 skaters, six of which are overage.
Kaslo opened the scoring but the Falcons battled back and Wyatt Petterson tied the game with the assist going to Devon Coates. Coates then got the go-ahead goal with the assists going to Petterson and Lucas Robins. End to end play resulted in Kaslo putting three goals in and Nakusp matched each one. Goals were scored by Coates, assisted by Darion Smith, Coates assisted by Petterson and Petterson assisted by Ledger Coates. The first period ended 5-4 for Nakusp.
Early in the second, Kaslo managed to tie it up but the Falcons would go ahead again with back-to-back goals from Petterson assisted by Coates and Aidan Hascarl. Kaslo would add two more to end the second period eight for Kaslo, seven for Falcons.
The third period was again end to end, each goalie making miraculous saves. Kaslo would score four quick ones but Nakusp never gave up. Falcons scored four goals of their own in the third period but came up a goal short. Goals were scored by Coates, unassisted, Petterson assisted by Coates, Lucas Robins assisted by Isaac Flammand and Coates and Petterson again, assisted by Dakoda Fizzard. Kaslo came out with the 12-11 victory.
The kids took their skates off for one hour before beginning the battle again. Falcons opened the scoring with a goal by Dakoda Fizzard assisted by Petterson and Flammand. Petterson followed that up with two more both assisted by Devon Coates. The second and third periods saw Kaslo and Nakusp each scoring seven goals. Goals for Nakusp were awarded to Petterson (four), assisted by Flammand, Robins (two), Smith (two), Coates (two). Fizzard got two goals assisted by Petterson, Coates and Robins. Devon Coates would put the tenth and final goal in the net, assisted by Petterson to secure the 10-8 win over Kaslo.