Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ice edge Warriors

The Score – Moose Jaw 1 – Kootenay 2

What Happened – The goaltenders put on a show – first Siemens and then Lieuwen – in a entertaining hockey game but Siemens blinked first, and Max made him pay for it.

The Turning Point – With the Ice up 1-0 and the Warriors starting to press, Tanner Eberle got loose in the slot with the puck and Lieuwen stoned him.

The Goals – Max finally solved Luke Siemens seven minutes into the third period when Siemens couldn't cover a rebound after Johnny Niebrandt fired a slapshot that got through. Reinhart swatted it by him to make it 1-0… With the Warrior net empty Drew Czerwonka blocked a Warrior point-shot and was off to the races... 2-0 Ice. It's not often an empty-netter is the game-winner but on this night, it was. With still 30 seconds left and a face-off in the Ice zone, Kootenay had Max take the face-off but the kids - Jon Martin and Levi Cable - on the wings. They couldn't clear the zone and a wicked point-shot by Colin Bowman beat Lieuwen and spoiled the shutout.

The Save – Early, really early, in the first period Max Reinhart found himself on a 2-on-1 with Jesse Ismond. Reinhart sent a saucy pass to Ismond who had five of the six-foot wide net to shoot at. G Luke Siemens stretched over and got the toe on the puck. Lieuwen one-upped him in the third when Tanner Eberle was fed a pass in the low slot. Lieuwen stopped the point-blank chance to nurse the one-goal lead.

The Start – Stellar on this night but with nothing to show for their efforts. Besides the above save by Siemens, Reinhart hit the crossbar and Elgin Pearce found Joe Antilla later in the period with a great cross-ice feed that managed to hit Warriors D Colin Bowman instead of the back of the net.

The Goaltender – G Luke Siemens was a bit of surprise deal when the Warriors went looking for a goaltender earlier this season. Obtained from Everett Siemens, 19, is a bit of WHL journeyman having started his career in Prince George before backing up Kent Simpson last season with the Tips. If the first period and the 18 saves he made were any indication, maybe the Warriors obviously saw something in the Delta product.

The Hit – Flying all night, Ice forward Elgin Pearce took a pass along the Warrior blueline and then took a solid check from Warrior D Travis Brown, who levelled him. Pearce got up and shook it off.

The Class of 2010 – Another head-to-head match-up of the crème of the Bantam Draft crop went head-to-head tonight as the Warriors’ two first round picks from that terrific first round draft class in 2010; F Carter Hansen and F Torrin White went up against Sam on the night. Give Sam the early edge over the two Warrior picks but both will be solid players in the WHL. Look for White’s younger brother Jagger, a forward with the Medicine Hat Hockey Hounds Major Bantam club, to be a first round Bantam Draft pick in 2013. As a first-year Bantam he’s got 12 goals in his first seven games.

Life’s not a Beach – For Cody, that is. Twice in the last two minutes of the third the burly Warrior forward should’ve drawn a penalty. Once in a post-whistle scrum when rookie D Mike Simpson flattened him well after play stopped and again in his own zone when Jesse Ismond high-sticked him. Both of which were just feet away from referee Steve Papp. Reputations are a tough thing sometimes.

Fancy yourself an entertainer or wannabe gameshow host? – The Ice are on the lookout for ‘Live-Mike’ Guy or Gal. Anyone interested in the gig – trivia and fan games guy during the commercial breaks and in between periods – can contact Tiffany at the Ice office.

The Crowd – 2790

Rec Plex Three Stars
1. G Nathan Lieuwen – just another day at the office
2. G Luke Siemens – Spectacular
3. D Luke Paulsen – Solid on backend and showed flashes of offense

What it means – The Ice met yet another test on the young season by edging the Warriors and improves to 8-3-0-2 and a three-way tie for first in the Central with 18 points but to be truthful, when the Warriors get guys like Howden, Svendsen, McFaull – who has missed the last two games - and Edmundson back in the line-up they will be a force to be contended with in the Eastern conference. They are much better than their 6-5-1 record indicates.

Up Next: The Ice travel to Calgary for a 4PM date with the Hitmen on Sunday at the Saddledome. 102.9 The Drive has the call.


Warriors 1 @ Ice 2

CRANBROOK, B.C. - Western Hockey League summary for regular season game between the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Kootenay Ice. October 22, 2011

Max Reinhart stuffed in his 6th goal of the year following 40 minutes of shutout hockey as the Kootenay Ice edged the Moose Jaw Warriors 2-1 in WHL action Saturday in Cranbrook.

Reinhart jumped on a rebound that Warrior goaltender Luke Siemens couldn't cover and tucked it past him at 6:48 to give the Ice a 1-0 lead. With just under a minute left Ice captain Drew Czerwonka blocked a Warrior shot along the boards and raced after it to put it into the empty net for a 2-0 lead. The goal stood up as the game-winner however when the Warriors pulled Siemens again and this time finally solved Nathan Lieuwen when Colin Bowman wired a slapshot from the point to make it 2-1 with 27 seconds left but that would be as close as the Warriors got.

Nathan Lieuwen stopped 35 of 36 shots to get the win while Luke Siemens stopped 36 of 37 sent his way to take the loss.

First Period

No Scoring.

Penalties -- Lyon MJ (tripping) 0:36, Eberle MJ (boarding) 10:29, M. Reinhart Ktn (slashing) 11:14, Simpson Ktn (hooking) 13:55, Bowman MJ (interference) 14:50, Niebrandt Ktn (hooking) 18:12.

Second Period

No Scoring.

Penalties -- M. Reinhart Ktn (boarding) 1:27, Brooks MJ (high-sticking) 13:52.

Third Period
1. Kootenay, Reinhart 6 (Niebrandt, Ismond) 6:48
2. Kootenay, Czerwonka 3 19:16 (en)
3. Moose Jaw, Bowman 4 (Reilly, Lyon) 19:34

Penalties -- None.

Shots on goal by
Kootenay: 18 12 8 - 38
Moose Jaw: 8 12 16 - 36

Goal -- Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (W, 6-2-0-2); Moose Jaw: Luke Siemens (L, 3-4-1-1)

Power Plays -- (goals-chances)
Kootenay: 0-4
Moose Jaw: 0-4

Referee -- Steve Papp. Linesman -- Reid Anderson, Sean Donnelly.

Attendance -- 2790 (4264)

Scratches --
Kootenay: Spencer Wand, Brendan Hurley (knee - 4-8 weeks), Dylen McKinlay (back - day-to-day).
Moose Jaw: Kendall McFaull, Joel Edmundson, Sebastian Svendsen, Quinton Howden.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Lieuwen = MVP