A large crowd came to cheer on the Cochrane Chaos and celebrate female hockey in their 3-1 win over the Calgary Jags.
Attendance at the junior club's season opener continues to grow, as does their attendance throughout the regular season. A huge crowd turned out despite being Thanksgiving Sunday.
"It has really developed from year one to where we are now. There's certainly a lot of excitement and we're so happy to see everyone out for what turned out to be a pretty good hockey game," says Chaos head coach Derek Loomer.
Chaos sniper Kelly Stanford scored with 1:09 remaining in the first to put the home team ahead. They would hold on to that lead throughout the game, going ahead 2-0 on a goal by Brooklyn Carels. Zoe Walker scored their assurance goal with 4:14 remaining in the game. Michelle Goble scored the lone goal for the Jags.
"The Jags were undermanned," he points out. "They had a number of girls out with injuries and played with a fairly short bench, and they battled really hard. We're very fortunate to come out on top 3-1."
The night before in Lethbridge, the Chaos were shut out 3-0 by the Eagles, who have left off where they finished last season. It has been some years since the Chaos have been kept off the scoreboard, and you can count on some close matches between these two teams all season long.
Five games into the season, the Chaos and Eagles are tied for first in the south division.
The Chaos have faced what is expected to be some of their toughest opponents this season in these first few games. In a north swing, they beat the Sherwood Park Steele 2-0 and tied the Edmonton Wolves 2-2. They beat the Jags 4-1 in their season opener on Sept 25.
Friday night, the Chaos host the Calgary Titans in their first meeting of the season starting at 7:30 p.m. at Totem One.