The Cold Lake Jr B Ice had a tough weekend with three games on the schedule, a home and home versus Wainwright, followed up with an away game against Lac La Biche. The Ice lost both games against the Bison in regulation, but were able to take the Clippers to extra time, forcing a shootout. However, the Ice were not successful in the shootout, only collecting one of six possible points.
Game 1 vs Bison
The Wainwright Bisons dominated the play in the first period, with a goal at 5:31 from Kobe Scott, followed by brother Keenan Scott ten minutes later. The Ice managed to close the gap heading into the second with a goal from Devon McCormack with just over a minute left in play. Conner Landry recorded the helper.
The second was scoreless and penaltiless. The Ice kept the momentum of play going and put a lot of pressure on the #1 team in the Northeast Alberta Jr B Hockey League. The pressure didn’t stand in the third, as the Bison broke through the wall, getting three goals in a row.
Game 2 vs Bison
“The whole team is going to have to come to play,” head coach of the Ice, Scott Hood said heading into the second game against Wainwright. This time it was played out on home ice at Imperial Oil Place. With the fans out in full force, for Minor Hockey Night, the crowd was behind the team. “We played well against Wainwright [in the last game]. But we’re going to have to bare down. We need goal scorers. We need to find a way to hit the net.”
The Ice found the scorers first in this match up, from Steven Kufflick with an assist off Jonah Henderson. The Bison fired back and tired it up, unassisted from Kobe Scott, a minute and a half later. The game remained tied heading into the second. The Ice had the go-ahead at 9:13, from Austin Power (assist to Brandyn Brockhoff ). Wainwright again answered, this time from Zach MacKay. McKay would go on to help Chandler Klein in the third to give the Bison the 3-2 win.
Assistant coach, Shawn Coles, says the score wasn’t for lack of effort, “another good effort from the boys. We feel we’re just one bounce or one lucky break from busting out. We’re having troubles scoring goals; it’s common. The boys work hard and it would be nice to see them rewarded for their efforts.”
The Ice went on to take on the Lac La Biche Clippers on Sunday evening. That game did not fair well either. The Ice took it to overtime and eventually a shootout, losing 3-2. “It’s not for lack of effort, the team is putting it out there,” assistant coach, Shawn Coles, “we’re going to see it, we just have to keep working.”
The Ice are at home Friday to Onion Lake and Saturday to Vegreville. Catch live action at Imperial Oil Place or watch Lakeland Connect on Facebook for your coverage thanks to Lake City Coach and Original Joes in Cold Lake.