Slave Lake’s Junior hockey team was involved in a couple more one-goal games on the weekend. One went their way and one went the other way.
Badly out-shot on Friday night, the Icedogs still managed to beat the Northern Alberta Tomahawks. Nelson Schiller faced down the Enoch shooters from start to finish. The visitors were fired up, hustling hard and got their chances. Slave Lake scored once on 25 shots and it stood up.
“Nelson stood on his head,” says head coach Brian Noad, who was dressed like Don Cherry behind the bench. “He’s number three in save percentage in the entire GMHL.”
Apart from the goalie, Noad says the entire team was somehow “off.” He thinks it might have been the sweaters, although none of the players complained of having jerseys close to the same shade as their opponents.
“I got confused a couple of times myself,” Noad says.
Owen Pearson got the game’s only goal.
The Icedogs played in High Prairie Sunday against the Redwings. Trailing 4 – 2 going into the third period, the ‘Dogs made a game of it by scoring twice in the final frame. That sent the game into overtime. A turnover led to the game-winning goal by High Prairie’s Mikael Chalifoux.
“We had our chances to win the game and couldn’t finish,” says Noad.
The Icedogs play their final two games before a Christmas break this Friday and Saturday. Friday they are in High Prairie and Saturday the Northern Alberta Tomahawks are in town for an 8:00 p.m. game.