The Lakeland Junior B Heat had a challenging task ahead of them coming into their June 11th game against the Edmonton Warriors. The Heat played Saturday night, and had a quick turn around for Sunday’s 1:30 p.m. start. This is the Cave Inspections Post-Game Report.
The Edmonton Warriors jumped out to a quick start in the first period. 14:38 left in the period, Keaton Pare scored his first of two goals. Pare’s second came with 9:48 left in the period. The Junior B Heat would get on the board with just over a minute left. Mitchell Bibeau scored a huge goal to give the Heat life headed into the second, Eric Coosemans and Tanner Barnes drew the assists.
Heat pick up the pace
Blake Smith evened the score at 2-2 two minutes into the second. The Warriors answered back seconds later, and Josh Mudry netted the goal. The back and forth continued as Cole Kulcyzki drew the Heat back even. Eric Coosemans scored the go ahead goal with just over fourteen minutes to go. The Warriors made sure they could not be counted out. After Cole Kulcyzcki took a four minute hitting from behind penalty, Keelin Bradley scored the only the powerplay goal of the game for the Warriors.
The rest of the second period was all Heat. The offense showed no signs of slowing down as Blake Smith, Tanner Barnes, Cole Kulcyzcki and Isaac Brown scored goals. The Heat led 8-4 after the second period.
“After the first we kind of got our heads in the game, tightened up defense and started moving on offense. And we took the game a bit.” Tyler Wareham said of his team’s efforts in the second intermission.
Wareham locks it down
The Heat had the four goal lead to bank on, but needed strong goaltending in the third to finish the game. Tyler Wareham allowed one goal in the third off the stick of Kyle Mah, but stopped everything else. The Heat scored eight goals in the period.
Third Period Goal Scorers
- Isaac Brown 18:52
- Etahn Brown 17:19
- Mitchell Bibeau 14:21
- Mitchell Bibeau 14:06
- Manson Ballash 8:09
- Cameron Zelisko 6:22
- Blake Smith 5:55
- Ethan Brown 2:32
Bounce Back Victory
The Heat walked away with a 16-5 victory over the Edmonton Warriors. Tyler Wareham had to leave the game with just over 2 minutes to go in the third period. Mason Wild faced a couple shots, and ensured the line stayed clear for Wareham.
“If you looked at the first period we didn’t move around. They played a house defense, and we played an offense that just kind of mirrored the defense. We had no cutters. That was one of the conversations we had in the intermission, and you saw they came out with better movement and things started to move for us.” Head Coach Dennis Hodinsky said post-game.
The Lakeland Heat’s next game is June 17 against the Lloydminster Xtreme in Lloydminster.