Rough start for the Hornets

The Cold Lake Hornets vs the Meadow Lake Mustangs in the Hornets' home opener Oct 12.

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The Cold Lake Hornets are still looking for their first win of the season in the WSHL (Western States Hockey League), following a heartbreaking 7-6 loss to the Barrhead Bombers on Saturday night, October 20.  That puts the Hornets at 0-5.

Last season, Cold Lake saw the birth of pay to play Tier 3 Junior A action when the WSHL announced the formation of the Western Provinces Hockey Association – its own entity but playing under the banner of the WSHL.

Although initially planned with eight clubs across Alberta and Saskatchewan, the puck only dropped here last season with the Wings, and in Hinton, Edson, and Meadow Lake.  Two American clubs (Seattle and Southern Oregon) also made the trip north, playing each of the four Canadian squads twice.

The WPHA as its own entity dissolved in the off-season, and owner Derek Pruitt moved the Wings to Edmonton over the summer, and now play out of the Toronto-based Greater Metro Hockey League.

Cold Lake got the replacement Hornets, and features several local area players, including Wings alumni Anson Smith.  Along with Hinton, Edson, Meadow Lake, and the new Barrhead Bombers, they now play in the WSHL’s Provinces Division.  Any possible match-ups with American teams haven’t been announced to date.

The Hornets’ next game is Tuesday night, October 29 at the Energy Centre.

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