The Cold Lake Ice picked up 11-goals in a pair of weekend victories that bumped them up to fourth place in the NEAJBHL standings. Friday night the Ice were down in Wainwright to take on the first place Bisons.
The Cold Lake Ice picked up 11-goals in a pair of weekend victories that bumped them up to fourth place in the NEAJBHL standings.
Friday night the Ice were down in Wainwright to take on the first place Bisons. Taylor Anshelm picked up three-points and Mike Harbich notched two goals in the Ice's 5-2 victory.
Joining the team on the road was former captain Chad Schultheiss, who has rejoined Cold Lake for the remainder of the season.
The following night, the Ice were on the road again, beating the Onion Lake Border Chiefs 6-4. Harbich and Chase Brown each grabbed a hat trick in the win.
"It was definitely nice, it just shows what happens when you work hard and play to the systems. In Wainwright we worked hard and battled for 60 (minutes) and picked up a couple points there and (Saturday) night the same thing," said head coach Scott Hood.
Ice trample Bisons
Looking to get a win-streak together after beating Vegreville the previous weekend, the Ice got the scoring started on Friday night.
Less than five-minutes into the first, Harbich fired in a shorthanded goal. It wasn't long before the Bisons answered with a goal of their own just one minute later. The game stayed tied at one-apiece until the end of the period.
Just before the halfway point in the second frame, Wainwright managed to take the lead, sneaking the puck past Ice netminder Cody Janzen. At the 12:36 mark in the period, Dillon Kalinski found the back of the net to tie up the game at two.
Heading into the third period, the Ice seemed to hit their stride. A little over one-minute into the final frame, Harbich notched his second goal of the night, bringing the Ice up 3-2 over Wainwright. With 5:34 left in the game, Schultheiss scored in his first game with Cold Lake this season.
"I was working a lot and then got bored working around home so I came back, it's good to be back," said Schultheiss. "It's a little bit different, I don't know very many guys...I feel pretty good about this team."
"He's a great addition, he knows what he's doing and he knows what it takes to win," Hood said of Schultheiss' return. "It's nice to have another 21-year-old around that's been around for quite a few years, it's been nice to see."
Leading Wainwright by two goals, a pass from Anshelm set up Kurt Franklin for the Ice's fifth goal of the night, securing their win with three-minutes left in the third.
"It was just battling. We stayed out of the box, we didn't take many penalties because that's what kills us. We worked hard, that's what it was; it's everything we've wanted to do all year and it finally showed," said Hood.
Ice best the Border Chiefs
In Marwayne on Saturday night up against the Onion Lake Border Chiefs, the Ice kept their momentum going from their win in Wainwright.
Just over two minutes into the game, Harbich got the Ice first on the board. Two more goals before the end of the first, one each from Brown and Harbich, gave Cold Lake a 3-0.
About three-minutes into the second period, Onion Lake grabbed their first goal of the night, managing to get the puck past Ice goalie Dahlin Supernault on the power play. Brown quickly answered with his second goal of the night, giving the Ice back their three-point lead.
Their celebration was short lived, when two goals from the Border Chiefs just three-minutes apart brought the score within one. At the 12:30 mark in the period, Brown notched his third goal of the night and first hat trick of his Jr. B career.
"It felt really good, it was probably my first of Jr. B and it's been four years so thanks to my teammates Chad (Schultheiss), (Christian) Nypower and (Nicholas) Murrell, it was good," said Brown. "
Heading into the final period, the Ice were leading 5-3 over the Border Chiefs. Harbich followed suit, scoring a hat trick himself less than three-minutes in. Onion Lake fought to regain the lead but, while they managed to grab one more goal, it wasn't enough. The Ice went on to win 6-4.
"It was really good, I thought we played good as a team," said Brown. "If we play the same as we did tonight, I think we'll do good in the last seven games we have."
Joining Cold Lake on the ice against Onion Lake was their latest addition to the roster, Austin Smyth.
"He skated with us in the summer but he went down and played in Three Hills. He's going back to school up here so we signed him up," Hood said.
With only seven games left in the regular season the Cold Lake Ice are sitting in the fourth spot with 31-points, nine-points back from the third place St. Paul Canadiens. Wainwright remains in first with 51-points and in the second spot is Killam with 48.
"I think realistically we have to set our sights on fourth, we know we can beat any team in this so if we can get home ice first round (of the playoffs), that's the goal," said Hood. "We've just got to keep battling and working hard and progressing to get to that spot in the playoffs."
The Ice will be looking to continue their three-game win streak next weekend. Starting out on Friday night they'll be on the road in Frog Lake, before heading to Killam to face the Wheat Kings on Saturday. Puck drop for those games is 8 p.m. Cold Lake will be at home in their third game of the weekend on Sunday, when they take on the Onion Lake Border Chiefs again. Puck drop is 6 p.m. at the Imperial Oil Place arena.