Friday , 25 June 2021

Jr. B Tigers claim first win

The Vermilion Jr. B Tigers hosted the Cold Lake Ice last night, winning 4 – 1.

The Ice outshot the Tigers 14 – 10 in the first period, but Dylan Eistetter was the first to score, giving Vermilion a 1 – 0 lead.

“It’s one way to start of the game, get some momentum and energy in the boys,” said Ethan Nelson.

He said they were trying to get back on track after starting the season with three losses.

With back to back games, Nelson said the players get to know their opponents by their first games and had a lot of fuel from their last game which led to a physical first period.

Nelson is a Marwayne native and said,” There is a lot of history with this team nothing beats playing for the Tigers.”

Five-year hometown Tiger, Hayden Protsch, loves the fans and said in order to change their season that they would have to tighten up on defence, staying with their man, and stop puck watching, as well as get some traffic and pucks on net.

After the second period Protsch was thankful for goalie Hunter Duriez.

“He is playing unbelievable – standing on his head. Without him it wouldn’t be 1 – 1 right now, that’s for sure.”

Vermilion was able to start the third period off with a power-play which seemed to give them the edge they needed. The third period turned in favour of Vermilion with three unanswered goals scored by Devin Bielecki, Evan Cooke, and Kent Jackson.

Following the action head coach, Ryan Earl said it was a very good game.

“Duriez held us in there in the second period and gave us a chance to win in the third. The biggest thing is that everybody has bought into what we are trying to do,” said Earl.

“We have a bunch of rookies that have already stepped up and showed they can kill penalties for us and one of them got an assist on a power play, so it’s looking good.”

The Tigers will now take a two-week break before facing Lac la Biche Clippers at Vermilion Stadium on Thursday, December 3.

About Angela Mouly

Angela comes to Lakeland Connect after leaving traditional newspaper where she spent the past four years reporting on community events. Her repertoire includes writing about history, politics, agriculture, sports, entertainment and art. She was the third place recipient of an AWNA General Excellence Award for “Best Front Page” during their 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Angela has lived in rural Alberta all her life and in Vermilion for the past 15 years. She looks forward to continuing to serve and inform the Lakeland community by joining in people's many adventures and sharing their stories.