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Mountain View Colts knock off division's top two teams

Charity games raises over $16,000 for Rural Alberta Ride for Dad
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The Mountain View Colts won three out of three recent games. File photo/MVP Staff

DIDSBURY - It was a great week for the Mountain View Colts as the team won three out of three games including two over-the-top teams in the north division, Red Deer at home and Airdrie on the road. The Colts also knocked off Ponoka 7-3 at home Saturday at the Ride for Dad charity game.

On Jan. 22, the Colts came from behind to defeat the second-place Red Deer Vipers 5-4 at home at the Didsbury Memorial Complex. With the Colts trailing 4-3 late in the third period, Corbin Houchin tied the score at the 3:45 mark. Travis Gerrard then got the game winner for the Colts with 1:14 left in the game.

Other Colt scorers were Alan Klinck with two and Brandon Rude with a single.

On Friday, the Colts travelled to Airdrie and knocked off the powerhouse Thunder 7-6 in overtime with Zane Leatherdale getting the winner at 4:43 in overtime.

Also scoring for the Colts against the Thunder, who lead the north division with 25 wins, six losses, two overtime losses for 52 points, were Brandon Rude with a pair, and Travis Gerrard, Josh Gette, Carter Layden and Mitch Visser with one each.

Saturday's game was a big win both on and off the ice as the Colts won and also raised more than $16,000 for Rural Alberta Ride for Dad along with the Ponoka Stampeders.

"They never cease to amaze me how they come up with this money," said Gil Enns, Rural Alberta Ride for Dad president. "They've been with us for about 12 years, donating to the cause. With this money this year, that puts them over $200,000. They've sure helped us reach our goals of a million dollars last year."

Enns said the money will go towards raising awareness for prostate cancer.

"We have our choice of either research or awareness," he said. "The research will always be there. Our big deal here in rural Alberta is to get the word out. If we get the word out soon enough, we can save men's lives. The research and the cure comes after that. We need to get these people tested first and then we're doing something."

The three wins put the Colts one point out of third behind Sylvan Lake and four points out of second, and a playoff bye, behind Red Deer.

The Colts face Airdrie at home Wednesday in the last game of January and only game next week. The regular season finishes up for Mountain View on Feb. 9 at Sylvan Lake with the playoffs starting shortly after.

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