The wheels come off the road trip for the Ice over the weekend as the nine-game road trip finally turned sour after winning the first six, the club dropped all three games through the East Division this weekend, blowing a four goal lead against PA Friday and then a pair of one-goal losses to Moose Jaw and Swift Current Saturday and Sunday.
The three-game slide leaves the club at 19-8-1-2 and 41 points, still tops in the Central and Eastern Conference but a point back of the Tri-City Americans for the overall WHL lead. The crowded Eastern Conference has the Ice only three points out of sixth place in a six-team logjam at the top.
I didn't have a chance to listen to the entire three games stretch as I was in Kelowna with my Bantam team but hey, 6-3 on a 9-game roadie isn't too shabby.
And as for the comments about Coach K and him losing a game, with his record and what he's done this year with this line-up I think he's earned some slack.
I dunno, maybe it's the coach in me but besides the 7-5 loss to PA in which Skapski got the hook after the club blew a four goal lead, a pair of one-goal losses on a team the relies more and more on a 16-year-old as a very big part of it's offence doesn't indicate a coaching issue to me.
On a scoring note, F Charles Inglis was sent home by the PG Cougars yesterday and one wonders if another WHL team would take a chance on him. Oodles of talent and loads of baggage. Could the strict environment of the defending champs be a good fit, who could certainly use the scoring depth? Would he ruin the room? How much would he cost?
The former 1st round pick (4th overall by Saskatoon) from Winnipeg is a dynamic power forward but seems to have trouble with team rules. He can put the puck in the net as evident by the 32 for the Cougars last season and 19 for a deep Blades team as a 17-year-old.
The fact he was passed over in the NHL Draft also speaks volumes.
I doubt he'd ever be in an Ice uniform but it's just something else to bandie about.