Friday , 23 July 2021

Junior B Roundup: Canadiens Beat Cold Lake 7-3, finish weekend in 4th place

Arron Gagne scored a hat trick and the St. Paul Canadiens took advantage of two 5 on 3 power plays in the second period en route to a 7-3 victory against the Cold Lake Ice Friday night.

The win created more separation between the two clubs, who entered the game only two points apart, 5th (St. Paul) and 6th (Cold Lake) respectively.

“The one thing about playing Cold Lake is you have to play 60 minutes because they don’t stop playing,” said Canadiens coach Joe Young after the win.

“We had a couple times when we took our foot off the pedal and paid the price…I thought our guys had to battle all night to get this win.

“Our power play has been clicking at a high rate all year, and I like our chances when teams start taking penalties against us.”

The Canadiens showed no signs of rust from the Christmas break and got to work on the forecheck. Isaac Larocque-Wall deflected the hard pass from Arron Gagne for the game’s first goal, and Gagne scored seven minutes later.

“I was just trying to get to a good spot on the ice for a good position to s ire, and just found the back of the net,” said Larocque-Wall about the goal.

The power play went to work after the Ice cut the lead in half. Alex Astasiewicz scored a gorgeous rushing goal, then  Gagne’s net front position (a la Ryan Smyth) tallied his second goal in that fasion.

Dyson Roy tapped in a one timer in close to make it 5-1, but the Ice were not buried.

Devon McCormack and Maeson Stabbler seized some momentum back heading into the third frame. But the final period resembled more of the first, where Cold Lake struggled to get the puck out of their zone.

Zach Bendall broke the Ice’s back midway through the third with an unassisted tally, and Gagne netted his hat-trick goal to finish the game 7-3.

“I really like how we we’ve been playing of late. You kind of hated to see the Christmas break come when it did because we were playing so well, but it’s nice to see us keep it going,” said Young.

The Canadiens scored seven goals against Frog Lake T-Birds on the road Saturday night, for a decisive 7-1 win.

Cold Lake Ice coach Scott Hood


“I thought that [the penalties] was the difference in the game. It wasn’t the total outcome, but it changed the whole perception of the game,” said Ice coach Scott Hood about the penalty calls against his team in the second period.
“We were battling hard, got a goal to make it 2-1 early in the second, then all of the sudden ref wants to call some 5 on 3’s and to me a couple weren’t penalties, you don’t make it a 5 on 3 unless it’s a blatant call…We had a chance. We made it 5-3 and we just didn’t have it tonight. We’ll put this one behind us and move on,” he said.
The Ice traveled to Vegreville the following night, a place where they lost on their visit to give the Rangers their first win of the season. They won 11-1.

Frog Lake

After losing against St. Paul on Saturday, the T-Birds doubled up the Lloyd Bandits 6-3.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.