Junior B Heat Lose in Final Minutes of Tense Game

The Lakeland Junior B Heat came into their game on June 21 against the Lloydminster Xtreme with high hopes. After managing to hang on and beat the Xtreme on the weekend, the Heat had momentum coming into the game. The Junior B Heat dropped last night’s game 10-8. This is the Cave Inspections Post Game Report.

Slow First

Both teams came out a bit sluggish for the 8 p.m. start. Lloydminster scored the opening goal off the stick of Kody Kappel. Donovan Bibeau answered back halfway through the period for the Heat. Donovan would score another goal to give the Heat their first lead of the game with just under eight minutes to go. Joshua Golem and Logan Blize scored a goal each in the late going of the first to give the Xtreme a 3-2 lead. Lloydminster rode their lead into the intermission.

“We just kind of broke down on defense. We just have to tighten up the defense. Our goalie is playing great for us, he’s stopped some tough shots.” Tyson Coles said after the first.

Heat Fall Behind

Kody Kappel opened the scoring for the second straight period. The Xtreme led 4-2 until Donovan Bibeau scored his hat trick goal to cut it to 4-3. The Xtreme scored two more goals before the Heat could put another tally on the board. Cameron Zelisko, and Eric Coosemans scored back to back goals to once again bring the Heat within one goal. Kappel finished his own hat trick with 1:39 to go in the second. The Xtreme held a 7-5 lead headed into the third.

Close, But Not Quite

The third period saw the Heat score shorthanded two minutes in. Brae Howatt got the marker, and Jaedyn Stratychuk picked up the assist. Lloydminster answered back three minutes later with another goal from Joshua Golem. The game held steady at 8-6 for about three minutes. The Heat would get some momentum going as Donovan Bibeau picked up his fourth of the night at the 12:30 mark. Jaedyn Stratychuk scored a minute and a half later, and the Junior B Heat had tied the game at last. It took nearly seven minutes to get the next goal on the board. Both goalies made some key saves before Kody Kappel scored the go ahead goal for the Xtreme. Logan Blize made it a two goal lead for Lloydminster 45 seconds later. The Heat would not be able to answer back, and lose the game 10-8.

Humbling experience

“Part of the tough thing of being in first in the league is when everyone comes to play you, they’re showing up and they’re ready. They have to be preapred to play because they are playing the number one team. A number one team can sometimes become lackadaisical and fall back on just being good.” Assistant coach Daryl Hodinsky said post game.

The Lakeland Heat have one game left, or possibly two if a make-up game is scheduled with the Vermilion Roar. The next game for the Heat will be on June 28 against the Vermilion Roar at the Bonnyville Centennial Centre.