Icemen in Tough
"Icemen Mitchell Bowie Bears Down on Goalie"
The Wetaskiwin Icemen hockey team were at the bottom of the pile this past week. The team is struggling and has been on the receiving end of some high scoring games the past few weeks. On Wednesday and Sunday back to back losses of 7-3 and 11-1 have unfortunately put them down in the standings. The good thing is that with a few wins they can be right back in the race. Wins and confidence go hand in hand, especially for a team that has had a significant player makeover from last year. The season has just begun so let’s hope the Icemen can get back on track.
Wednesday’s Oct. 9th game at Londonderry Arena in Edmonton against the North Edmonton Red Wings was a 7-3 loss for the Icemen. The Icemen outshot their opposition 47-33 in the game, but suffered 5 power play goals against. The Icemen power play was ineffectual at 1-8. Icemen goal scores in the game were vets Dylan McKay, Jordan Howe and Dylan Weaver. Goalie Chris Sharkey could only do so much when faced with so many power plays, and arguably the league’s hottest players. Star player Zach Carr of the Red Wings who leads the CJHL in points had 1 goal and 4 assists. Offensive Red Wing defenceman Jordan Pelletier had 4 assists. Ashton Piertersma of the Wings who leads the league in goals scored at 12 was held off the board. The Red Wings are in second place overall in the CJHL with St. Albert Merchants in first.
Sunday’s home game had the Icemen hosting Fort Saskatchewan Hawks and was a 11-1 win for the Hawks.
The Wetaskiwin Icemen have played 8 games of their 38 game schedule so far. They have a solid core of veterans left over from last year, and some new players that will get better as they go along. Fan support has been great and everybody is hoping for some Icemen wins this week.
The Icemen are on the road this week for 2 games, facing the Beaumont Chiefs on Friday, Oct. 18th, and the Edmonton Mustangs at Bill Hunter Arena on Sunday, Oct. 20th. The next home game for the team is not until Friday, Oct. 25th at 8pm against the Spruce Grove Regals.
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