FEATURE TEAM OF THE WEEK
It was a light weekend around the GLJHL, but the action didn’t disappoint. Only 1 of the 8 teams in action went home winless. The Western Divisions 2nd place Wisconsin Rampage made the trek into Michigan to take on the Michigan Ice Dogs for a weekend pair. The Dogs have been have been a bit of an anomaly this year. They lost their first 5 games, but have been red hot since and came into the series winners of 6 straight.
Saturday night saw the Dogs play consistently for a full 60 minutes. After falling behind early in the first, they turned things around. Jon Deal and Ashton Guy picked up Ice Dog tallies in the opening period putting them on top 2-1. Into the 2nd, the Michigan effort remained constant and they were finally rewarded when Ashton Guy netted his 2nd of the game 6:37 mark. Jeff Barton would add one more Dog goal and they build a 4-1 lead against the visiting Rampage after 2. Saturday night’s scoring would end when Jon Deal scored just over 5 minutes into the 3rd, making it 5-1 Michigan and putting the game out of reach. Despite the 5-1 win, the Ice Dogs Power Play went 0-10.
Sunday saw Wisconsin turn up the pressure looking to avenge the previous night’s loss. It was fairly evenly played through 2 periods, but a quick start to the 3rd put the game out of reach. Cody Miller, Corey Collum and Trevor Sabo all scored within the first 6 minutes of the 3rd period in a flurry padding the Rampage lead to 7-2. Both teams would add one more goal late and Wisconsin salvaged the weekend with an 8-3 win.
Around the GLJHL
The Federals of Ft. Wayne welcomed St. Louis to town, but they didn’t treat them very nice. The Federals pumped in 25 goals in three games winning by scores of 10-2, 10-3 and 5-2. It was the 5th and 6th time this season that they reached double digits in the goal department. Ian Harris led the Federal attack on Friday picking up the hat trick, while many other contributed the rest of the weekend with multiple point games. The Federals are now 9-1-1-1 on home ice this season.
Tri City and Kalkaska squared off in an East Division matchup Saturday and Sunday. Kalkaska had lost their first game of the weekend at the hands of the Wooster Oilers. Saturday night saw the Roughnecks build a 3-0 lead at the midway point of the hockey game. Tri City would answer with 2 of their own making it 3-2, but Kalkaska’s Justin Harned had the last laugh scoring 3 minutes into the 3nd making it 4-2 Roughnecks for good. Sunday, it was time for Tri City’s response. They dug a 3-1 first period hole, but came out guns a blazing in the 2nd. The IceHawks scored 4 unanswered in the frame to build a 5-3 after two periods. Each team scored once in the 3rd and it was Tri City coming away victorious 6-4.
It was a strange weekend for Wooster and Motor City. Wooster came into the series riding high atop the East Division standings and added 2 more points with a 7-3 win over Kalkaska Friday night. The first period was an entertaining one between the 2 clubs, but that is where it would end. After a 40 minute delay prior to the start of the 2nd period, the game was postponed because of a player safety issue. There was a problem with the boards and neither staff was willing to take the risk of injury and smartly decided to cancel the game that night. It has now been rescheduled for February 10th. The game will resume at the start of the 2nd period. Sunday’s matchup was back to business for both teams. Motor City started the 2nd period with a 1-0 lead, but that’s when the Chief Power Play went to work. Motor City struck 3 times with the man advantage in the first 5 minutes of the 2nd period and what was a close 1-0 game turned into a 4-0 game in a hurry. The Chiefs went 4-13 with the man advantage en route to an 8-2 win. The Chiefs still trail the Oilers in the East Division standing by a point.