Slave Lake Icedogs’ head coach Brian Noad often talks about ‘playing a full 60 minutes.’ Well, every coach does.
It’s a cliché that happens to be true. It’s probably impossible to do, or nearly so, and the Icedogs certainly didn’t manage it in their Friday game in High Prairie against the Redwings. Take away the dismal second period, and they win 7 – 5. But five unanswered by the home team in the second frame was a killer for the ‘Dogs.
Noad called the worst two periods of hockey his team has ever played, or something along those lines.
Slave Lake defenceman Danil Babchuk set the tone by scoring the opening goal (he’s done it before), just eight seconds in! High Prairie struck back and led 2 – 1 after one. Then the second-period collapse, as mentioned.
The Icedogs responded by scoring six in the third, but it wasn’t enough. Austin Mood-Flagg, Cole Stasow, Levi Noltcho, Nigel Cardinal, Ilias Okemow and Travis Kriewaldt also scored for Slave Lake. Layne Genereaux started the game in net for the Icedogs and Nelson Schiller finished it off.
Sunday in Wabasca, the ‘Dogs took on the Northern Alberta Tomahawks in another ‘showcase’ game. The last one must have worked out well, because the Marian Wolitski Arena is becoming a second home for the team. This time Slave Lake beat the Tomahawks 6 – 3. The details were not available by press time.
The schedule has the Icedogs in Enoch this coming Saturday for a game against the Tomahawks. On Sunday they are on home ice against High Prairie, starting at 2:30 p.m.