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Cochrane Junior Chaos sweep Cardston Thunder by six

The Jr. Cochrane Chaos U18 B team won two out of three games in a packed weekend of play in the Rocky Mountain Female Hockey League

The Cochrane Jr. Chaos U18 B team put the puck past the Cardston Thunder eight times at home Saturday night, Jan. 15, winning by six points in Rocky Mountain Female Hockey League play. 

The Chaos went on a runaway in the first period picking up six points, with Eva Zarowny kicking the match off for her team with a goal two minutes in assisted by Ivy Afseth.  

Zarowny found another goal later in the first, accompanied by teammates Kenzie Wildman, Ivy Afseth and Austyn Cuell, the last of which also sank two pucks into Cardston's net. 

"The girls are playing great and we're having a lot of fun," said Jr. Chaos head coach Colin Zarowny. "And we're winning some games, which always makes it a little more fun."

Esperanza Wells of the Thunder hit back in the second and third period, scoring the only two goals in response.

Chaos' Piper and Jayden McCormack brought the game back to a six-point lead with goal in the second and third, adding a seventh consecutive win to the minor team's record. 

"Early in the year, I think we were sort of a .500 team," said Zarowny. "We were win one, lose one.

"In the last couple months, I think we've been sort of on a tear, so we've been winning a lot more than we've lost."

Considering there was no U18 team in Cochrane last year, Zarowny said the team, made up of first, second and third year U18 players, is developing and gelling well together.  

"This team is just a great group of kids that want to learn hockey, and we're just lucky that Cochrane can do it.

"I think, more than anything, it's just great we have a team. There's a lot of towns that don't have girls’ hockey and we're fortunate that we can build a team here."

The Cochrane Minor Hockey female team was re-branded late last year from the Rockies to the Jr. Chaos, further solidifying their bond with the Chaos Alberta Junior Female Hockey League team. 

"I think the girls’ program really has its own identity now," said Zarowny. "There was lots of hard work and very generous people in the community that made that happen."

The female program continues to grow and currently has about 200 players, up about 30 from last year.

Cochrane Minor Hockey now has 10 female hockey teams, five of which are playing in the Rocky Mountain Female League. The most they've had in the league's past was three teams.

The Jr. Chaos were in Eckville playing the West Central Wildcats Jan. 14 and 16, were they won 4-2 in the earlier game and lost 0-3 in the latter. 

The top ranked U18 B team has a break next weekend and will face off against the Okotoks Gold in their next game at the Cremona Arena Jan. 28