Cold Lake Ice split weekend action at home

Cold Lake Ice play tough at home

Another weekend at Imperial Oil Place is in the books. The Cold Lake Ice got their first win of the season on Saturday, and had a tough loss in a tight game Friday against the Lloydminster Bandits. It was a great weekend for some newcomers to the Ice, as several new guys notched their first NEAJBHL goals! This is your post-game report brought to you by Lake City Coach, and Original Joe’s Cold Lake!

Bandits game gives positives

The Lloydminster Bandits stuck three times in the first period to stake themselves out to an early lead. The Ice got one goal, but trailed 3-1. Jaedyn Cantre picked up the Cold Lake goal. The second period was a strong look at what the Cold Lake Ice could feature this year. The Ice put up two goals in the period, and dominated the shot clock.

It was a 3-3 game headed into the second period intermission. The Ice goals came from the sticks of Kole Greenwood, and Colton Buchta. The third period saw the Ice outmatched by a relentless Bandits attack. The Bandits scored a quick one to open the period, and got another halfway through the third. The game would finish a 5-3 final for Lloydminster.

“We preach shots, but only had 24 this game. Which isn’t enough. You want to keep it positive, just keep them going. They’re young adults learning the game. Yeah we’re in a bit of a hole right now, but hopefully we can find a way out of it.” Head Coach Scott Hood said post-game.

First win of the year

The Cold Lake Ice came into action on Saturday 0-3 on the season. Onion Lake paid a visit to Imperial Oil Place. It was evident pre-game that personal stats didn’t matter, only a win did. The Cold Lake Ice came out on fire to begin the game.

Donovan Bibeau, Jonah Henderson, and Scott Thackeray all scored goals in the first seven minutes to open a 3-0 Cold Lake Ice lead. Onion Lake responded midway through the period, but Deni Kantel struck on the powerplay to make it 4-1.

Colton Buchta scored three minutes in the second, and the Ice held a commanding 5-1 lead. The Border Chiefs got another one cutting it to 5-2 with 13:34 to play. Shane Witney scored the final goal of the period to push the score to 6-2. Jean-Guy Boisvert, who was back in the lineup after a fight in Friday’s game, opened scoring in the third. His tally was followed by two from Ethan Larocque to end the game 9-2.

In the game five newcomers to the Cold Lake Ice scored their first ever Junior B goals. It was a special night all around, as the Ice celebrated an end to a positive weekend at home.

Next weekend

With the win, the Cold Lake Ice achieved their first win of the season, and head to St. Paul on October 13 with an optimistic outlook. The next home game for the Cold Lake Ice is October 14 against the Killam Wheat Kings at 8:30 p.m.

“Always tough against St. Paul. Going into their rink, they always play you hard. They’re always on the body, they forecheck well. Just got to stick with the plan, always with the plan. We’re trying to preach that to the boys, night in night out, at practice and at games. Just do the little things right, and you’ll be successful.” Cold Lake Ice Assistant Coach Shawn Coles explains.