In what looked more like a swim meet than a hockey game, the Grande Prairie Storm fell 2-0 to the Drayton Valley Thunder in Edson Sunday.
It was called the Tiggo Cup Hockey Challenge and it was a hockey game, but the warm weather and a full house made for slushy conditions that affected both teams and didn't allow the local fans a chance to see Junior A hockey as it should and can be played.
The Thunder paddled their way to a 1-0 lead at 14:58 of the first period on a goal by Cole Dunphy and then made it 2-0 at 11:04 if the third when Mason Makowich scored.
The conditions didn't allow for a lot of good offence despite the fact the Storm were credited with 36 shots on goal while the Thunder had 29.
Nick Kulmanovsky started in net for the Storm and looked at 18 shots while David Readman played the second half and handled 11.
The Storm took five minors and the Thunder six in what was a bit of a no-hitter.
The loss was the second in two exhibition games for the Storm to start the pre-season. They take on the Whitecourt Wolverines in Whitecourt in Tuesday and then host the Prince George Spruce Kings of the BCHL on Friday before going to Prince George on Saturday.