The Slave Lake Icedogs were involved in two thrilling, one-goal games this past weekend – one loss and one win.
The loss was 3 – 2 in overtime to High Prairie on Friday night. On Saturday in Enoch, the Icedogs did something just short of miraculous, coming back from five goals down to win in a shoot-out.
Head coach Brian Noad calls it “the game of all games.”
But first things first. Friday night the ‘Dogs had their full lineup, outplayed and outshot the Redwings by a big margin, but couldn’t score.
“When you get 60 shots (54 on the game sheet) you should win,” Noad says.
Ilias Okemow and Austin Mood-Flagg scored the Slave Lake goals. Nelson Schiller saw 23 shots in the Slave Lake net.
Saturday’s game in Enoch started horribly for Slave Lake. They gave up five goals on 10 shots in the first period and looked to be on their way to yet another defeat. But something different happened. The ‘Dogs came out in the second, put up 17 shots, scored four goals and made a game of it.
“I have never seen a team dominate a period of junior hockey like this,” says Noad.
For starters Dominic Beaver finally fought an Enoch player who has been after him for weeks, won the fight and gave a “big boost for our guys.” Okemow and Nigel Cardinal were dominant. Danil Babchuk on the blueline had “another huge game for us,” and Nelson Schiller “shut the door,” in net. “Strong game by Owen Pearson and Cole Stasow, our defensive specialists,” Noad concludes.
Mood-Flagg scored the tying goal in the third; Okemow got the winner in the shoot-out.
“He told us exactly what he was going to do,” Noad says. “Forehand, backhand, five-hole. He did exactly that.”
Noad hopes the comeback win sets the pattern for what is to come.
“No one in the league can beat us if we play 60 minutes,” he says.
This Friday the Icedogs play in High Prairie.