Icemen Split Weekend Games
Goalie Chris Sharkey Stretching it Out
(picture by Byron Weaver)
In the world of sports sometimes being desperate can be an advantage. Or if you like “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”. In the Capital Junior Hockey League for the Wetaskiwin Icemen, the competition has been a little tougher this year. The Icemen were looking for a win or two on the weekend and were rewarded with a win on Friday. Sunday’s game was another matter, and unfortunately another loss for the struggling team.
With a make or break attitude the Icemen revved up their game for the Friday, Oct. 18th game against the Chiefs in Beaumont for a hard fought 6-5 win. The Icemen outshot the Chiefs 52-38 in a back and forth game. The Icemen started the game with Chris Sharkey in net, and goals by Tristan Saddleback and Greg Wiwcharuk. Beaumont replied with a shorthanded goal at 8:05 to round out the first at 2-1 Icemen.
Second period action was hot and heavy with 4 out of 6 goals being scored on the power play. Icemen Jordan Howe started it on the PP followed by 2 Chief goals, one on the power play. Corey Bowie scored on the PP and the Chiefs fired back with one of their own power play markers. The Chiefs were on a roll and scored another to end the second at 5-4 Chiefs. The Icemen managed to get 2 more in the third, one by Courage Omeasoo and Jordan Howe’s second of the game. On this night the Icemen were lucky and grateful to walk out of the rink with a 6-5 win. The Icemen were 2 for 4 on the power play and matched Beaumont in the penalty department with 10 minutes each.
The Icemen were the road for another game on Sunday, Oct. 20th in Edmonton to face the Mustangs. This one resulted in a 9-2 Mustangs win. The Icemen started off with 2 goals in the first by Keaton White and Dylan Weaver and came out of the first with a 2-1 lead. After that things went downhill with the Mustangs scoring 8 unanswered goals in a row. The third period degenerated into a series of misconducts and roughing penalties. The Icemen left the game with 83 minutes in penalties to 45 for the Mustangs. Ethan Maertens-Poole and Chris Sharkey split the goaltending duties in this game.
Next up for the Icemen is a home game on Friday, Oct. 25th at 8pm versus the Spruce Grove Regals, followed by a game in St Albert versus the Merchants on Sunday the 27th. Good Luck to the Icemen.
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