Up and down weekend for Icedogs

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake’s Junior ‘A’ team stole a game from High Prairie on Friday. Outshot 53 – 25, they made the most of their chances, beating the Redwings 7 – 4. Sunday back in High Prairie the wheels fell off. From the Redwings’ point of view, they got the result they deserved in the first game, again carrying the play and getting more chances. The score was 10 – 4 for High Prairie.

On Friday, Dominic Beaver had a great game for the ‘Dogs, scoring a hat trick. Austin Mood-Flagg was in on four of the goals and Colton Shaw had a three-point effort as well. Nelson Schiiler was the goaltending star, stopping 49 shots.

Despite the shots total, head coach Brian Noad says the Icedogs were not outplayed in the game.

Noad didn’t say that about Sunday’s game in High Prairie, calling it “horrible from start to finish.” Shots were 55 – 31 for the Redwings in this one. They scored six times on the powerplay.

“Bad penalties hurt us,” Noad says.

It’s in! High Prairie Redwings’ goalie Bradley Roncin squeezes the post but fails to stop the puck from crossing the line in the Icedogs’ game Friday night in Slave Lake.

Lane Genereux started the game in net for Slave Lake and Schiiler finished it.

According to the schedule, Friday’s game was supposed to have been against the Northern Alberta Tomahawks. Noad says apparently the coach of that team told his players they were off this past weekend, so they weren’t available to play. Hence the switch to High Prairie. The Tomahawks will be in town this Friday, Jan. 10. If that game goes ahead, Slave Lake will be without its head coach and four of its top players, who will be in Ontario at the GMHL all-star game.

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