‘The real hockey is from January on’

Wranglers awarded two points in Dec. 12 loss to Storm after protest

Goalie Quinn Ferris made one of his 30 saves while 100 Mile House Wranglers defenceman Bobby Jo Love (#20) tried to clear Revelstoke Grizzlies forward Ethan Waitzner away from the front of the net during their KIJHL tilt at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre on Dec. 20.

The Revelstoke Grizzlies staged a big third period comeback, but the real story might have been written on the whiteboard in coach Dale “Duner” Hladun’s office: a long list of players out of the lineup as the 100 Mile House Wranglers ride through a bout with the injury bug.

Officiating was another sore point with the coach after a 4-3 overtime loss at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre on Dec. 20, when 100 Mile House – on goals by Micky Turner, Austin Turner and Brendan Lane – was up 3-0 heading into the third.

“The referee had to straighten it out,” says a frustrated Haldun after the game.

“Sometimes the officiating wants to officiate the game sheet as opposed to the game. The game sheet showed 3-0 and we had too many power plays. And he had to ‘officiate’ it in such a way to make up a bunch of cheesy calls.”

Goalie Quinn Ferris saw 34 shots, including 17 in the final frame and the one winner in extra time – that came on a two-on-one and lifted the water bottle off the top of his net.

Revelstoke took five penalties in the first period and 100 Mile House took one. In the second, each team took two. In the third, 100 Mile House took three and Revelstoke one.

On Dec. 19, Revelstoke outshot 100 Mile House 57-21 at home for a 6-2 win. The Wranglers got goals by Brett Harris and Jayden Syrota. Goalie Kristian Stead faced the barrage for 100 Mile House.

Needless to say, a 10-day layoff before a Dec. 30 matchup with Sicamous (after press time), was expected to go a long a way in replenishing the Wranglers’ roster.

“The kids have been really good at staying focused,” Hladun says. “They did want to win.”

“I’m proud of that. We are going to take a deserved rest. We have a mess of games coming back right away.”

The Wranglers are on the road for three games: in Osoyoos on Jan. 2, Castlegar on Jan. 3, and Nelson on Jan. 4.

Looking ahead, Hladun says he’s excited about the club.

“The real hockey is from January on. We’ll have a lot of good battles and vying for position in the playoff standings … I like my club. Thank goodness we’re as deep as we are.”

One of the players out, with a high ankle sprain, was captain Devan Suidy, one of the local Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club’s top scorers.

“We’re going to come back [after the break] and be a way better team than we’ve been in the last few weeks,” says Suidy, who was hoping to make a return on Dec. 30.

“I think we have the team to do it. We don’t win all the games we should. But, Duner always says, ‘It’s all practice to the playoffs.’”

Meanwhile, the result of a Dec. 12 game between the Wranglers and Kamloops Storm has been invalidated.

The Wranglers filed a protest with the KIJHL following the 7-3 loss and it was determined Kamloops had an ineligible player in the lineup. 100 Mile House was awarded the two points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

RCMP find loaded rifle in car after pulling driver over

A weekly police report for 100 Mile House and area

West Fraser curtails production at Chasm, 100 Mile for 3 weeks

“It affects the whole province of British Columbia. I hate to see this happening.”

Woman killed in head-on crash near Vanderhoof

RCMP say driver crossed the centre line and hit a loaded fuel tanker truck

Will you be appealing your property tax assessment?

The weekly web poll for the 100 Mile Free Press

Re: District Shutting Down Street Hockey

A response by the District of 100 Mile House Mayor and Council

VIDEO: Car flies across median, flips over edge of B.C. overpass

Dash cam footage shows vehicle speeding across Brunette Avenue overpass in Coquitlam

Feds poised to bolster RCMP accountability with external watchdog

Long-anticipated move is the latest attempt at rebuilding the force following years of sagging morale

Canada needs a digital ID system, bankers association says

The Department of Finance last week officially launched its public consultation on the merits of open banking

Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models

Japanese grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo

The 32-year-old Kisenosato was the first Japanese-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo’s highest rank

UPDATE: Accused B.C. high school killer found fit to stand trial

Gabriel Klein is accused in the 2016 stabbing death of Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

Ten people died in April 2018 when Alek Minassian allegedly drove a rental van down the busy stretch in Toronto

Canadian stock exchanges to conduct lottery for ‘POT’ ticker amid high demand

The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018

Most Read