No points for Wetaskiwin Icemen this weekend

The Wetaskiwin Icemen fell to the Leduc Co-op Riggers Friday night then failed in a comeback against the Edmonton Red Wings Sunday night. The team is back on home ice for a game against the Sherwood Park Knights Friday. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. Heather Anderson

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The Wetaskiwin Icemen weren’t able to put any points up as they lost both of this past weekend’s games.

Taking on Leduc Co-Op Riggers at the Leduc Recreation Centre Friday, head coach and general manager Rob Hartnell said there was no reason his team couldn’t have won that game, but they didn’t come out to play.

“In Leduc, we took a night off,” he said.

The Riggers opened the scoring in the first and while the Icemen tried to come back in the second with a goal from Zach Ayotte, assisted by Landon Siegle and Kona Jackson, the Riggers shut the Icemen down with a third goal in the final period.

On Sunday, the team was back on home ice for a game against the North Edmonton Red Wings.

The Icemen lost 4-2, but Hartnell said this time his team put in a valiant effort.

“I’d say (the Red Wings) are the best team in the league right now but we could’ve won that game,” he said. “We outshot them and, I think, we outplayed them; we just didn’t outscore them and that’s something I can work with.”

Hartnell is looking at last weekend’s games as a mid-season funk but with lots of hockey coming into the Christmas break, the team needs refocus.

The Icemen took on the Strathcona Bruins Tuesday night in one of their rescheduled games. Results of that game were not available at Times press time.

On Friday, the Icemen will take on the Sherwood Park Knights at the Wetaskiwin Civic Arena starting at 7:30 p.m. followed by a road game against the Edmonton Royals Sunday night.

Leading up to the Christmas break, the Icemen are inviting minor hockey players to home games. Just let the ticket office know which Wetaskiwin Minor Hockey Association team you play for and at the end of December, they’ll determine which team had the most attendees for a practice with the Icemen and a pizza party in January.

The Icemen’s next home game is also the time to support the Salvation Army Food Bank and FCSS Secret Santa with donations of food and toys being accepted for admission to the Dec. 7 game.

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