Hard times for Icedogs

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

There’s no doubt now which is the top team in the GMHL West spring hockey season, and it isn’t the Slave Lake Icedogs. A depleted squad from Slave Lake took on the High Prairie Red Wings twice last week, losing both games by big margins.

“We simply did not have the talent or the depth to compete with them,” says head coach Gregg Kennedy.

The scores were 10 – 2 on Friday and 9 – 2 on Saturday. Both games were played in High Prairie – the Icedogs’ home rink for the rest of the season.

Kennedy says the Red Wings are “stacked up front, with a very, very good top six.”

The Icedogs, on the other hand, have lost several players recently, for various reasons.

“We are now down to 10 forwards and four defencemen,” Kennedy says. That’s 11 fewer players than a month ago. The losses include captain Shaye Sommerfeld, who has a summer job he had to get to. He plans to play for Portage College next season and needs the cash.

Kennedy says a big adjustment, in style and attitude, is needed for those who remain. The Icedogs are scheduled to play Enoch this Wednesday in High Prairie and again in Enoch on Friday.

Icedog Daniel Gosselin competes with Rylan Schuberg of the Red Wings for the puck behind the High Prairie net.

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