Sean Michalevich of the Stettler Lightning scored five times and added two assists in two games.
The 19-year-old Stettler product scored a hat trick in a 12-4 win over Ponoka on Nov. 7.
And the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder was right back at it the next night with a pair of goals and two assists in a 6-4 victory over the Stamps.
The Rocky Rams are used to playing in front of a packed house.
But there will be few fans in attendance at any HJHL games this season because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Fear not, Rams fans. You won’t miss a second of the action.
Rams president Ryan Stambaugh says the club has signed a deal with HNLive to broadcast all of the team’s home games in 2020-21.
“One of the biggest challenges we had, and it’s the same with every team, was trying to put a season together,” Stambaugh says. “We all worked together and put together this 20-game season, which is phenomenal.
“But whether it’s a one-game season or a 100-game season, with no fans how do we bring in revenue?
“And how do we keep those people who are supporting us — fans or corporate partners and sponsors — happy, and how can they see the game?”
The answer? Put the games on the tube.
“When we started looking into HNLive, we saw that you can watch from the comfort of your home,” Stambaugh says.
“So grandma and grandpa back in Saskatchewan or Manitoba, or if they’re snowbirds in Arizona, they can tune in and watch their grandson or neighbour or whoever it is on our team that they’re involved with.”
There’s another added benefit to the deal as coaches will have access to the footage in the club’s dressing room, allowing them to break down film in between periods.
“Also, a lot of these younger players have the potential to play at higher levels and they’ll end up with a highlight reel,” Stambaugh says. “They can download the game, save it to their computer and take snippets to make a highlight reel.”
Scouts will also be able to check out players without emptying their wallet to pay for travel expenses.
HNLive is no stranger to the league. The company aired the HJHL all-star game in January and also broadcast the Junior B provincials when the Airdrie Techmation Thunder took home the title with an overtime win in 2019.
Dave Dawson will handle the play-by-play duties in Rocky Mountain House.
If there is enough interest in the broadcasts, Stambaugh says the Rams will look into adding additional camera angles and video replays.
“It opens up ways to generate revenue,” says Stambaugh, adding the club has already sold a number of commercials that will play during intermissions.
Stambaugh expects the broadcasts to be a big hit in the hockey-crazed community.
“We sold out multiple games last year,” Stambaugh says. “At our home opener, we had to turn away close to 200 people because the fire capacity was exceeded. The fire chief was there and issued us a special permit on the spot so we could have an extra 100 people in the building. But after that, he said ‘no more.’
“Our fans are dedicated. We have a rivalry with Sylvan Lake and their fans show up. Same with Ponoka.
“This year, it will be impossible to travel and watch their kids play so it’s an option for them to sit at home where it’s nice and warm, have their own bowl of popcorn and watch their kids play hockey.”
Fans will also be able to go to Rocky’s Lounge, which will show all of the Rams broadcasts.
The Rams welcome the Three Hills Thrashers back into the league for the squad’s home opener on Nov. 1 (4:30 p.m.).