By Shannon Hurst - Smithers Interior News
Published: November 11, 2009 8:00 AM
The Hazelton Wolverines went 0-2 in Vanderhoof against the Omenica Ice on the weekend but narrowly missed the win on Saturday losing 9-8 in a shoot out but fell 9-5 on Sunday.
“Despite having only 13 players and Stu Barnes leaving the team to play with the Smithers Steelheads, the Wolverines put in a solid effort,” Jack Sebastian said. “I really think we need to thank the guys that did come out because they really wanted to win and played with a lot of heart. All the guys stayed in Saturday night but the short bench was too much of a factor on Sunday.”
In Saturday night’s game Hazelton’s Phil Morrison scored first five minutes in off a set up from Curtis Cardinal and Pat O’Brian. With eight minutes left the Ice answered back but two minutes later Cardinal regained the lead. Cardinal picked up two more goals in the first and the Ice answered back and it was tied at 4 heading in to the second.
Morrison notched his second of the night off Al Tolmie a minute into the period and ten minutes later, Keegan Jack drilled one in from Morrison. Thirty seconds later, Cardinal earned his fourth goal of the night off a set up from Colin Jack and with fifteen seconds left in the middle period, Corey Potskin hammered one in unassisted to make if 8-4 heading into the final period.
However, it was all Vanderhoof in the third and with four minutes left in the game they tied it up forcing a shoot out which they won.
Sunday’s game started out with a 3-1 deficit after the first period with Hazelton’s lone goal coming from Cardinal off Tolmie. The Wolverines scored two goals in the second one from Brandon Russell and the other from Tolmie. However, Vanderhoof continued to wear down the short bench and by the end of the middle period they were leading 7-3.
The Wolverines didn’t give up though and manage to pick up two points in the third with Cardinal and Tolmie both earning their second of the game. The Ice matched Hazelton’s goals in the final period and the final outcome was the 9-5 loss.
Penalties were not a factor in either game with the Wolverines only picking up six in the first game and five in Sunday’s game.