Wranglers put in effort but lose two on home ice

100 Mile House Wrangler forward Derek Teare shoots the puck away from his net during a game against the Sicamous Eagles. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)100 Mile House Wrangler forward Derek Teare shoots the puck away from his net during a game against the Sicamous Eagles. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile House Wrangler Ethan Davey fights a Sicamous Eagle for control of the puck. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)100 Mile House Wrangler Ethan Davey fights a Sicamous Eagle for control of the puck. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile House Wrangler forward Derek Teare looks to seal the puck from the Sicamous Eagles. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)100 Mile House Wrangler forward Derek Teare looks to seal the puck from the Sicamous Eagles. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
The puck flies through the air last Friday at the South Cariboo Rec Centre as the 100 Mile House Wranglers battled the Sicamous Eagles. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)The puck flies through the air last Friday at the South Cariboo Rec Centre as the 100 Mile House Wranglers battled the Sicamous Eagles. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Sunrise Sam and Sam Junior roam the South Cariboo Rec Centre during the 100 Mile House Wranglers’ game against the Sicamous Eagles last Friday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Sunrise Sam and Sam Junior roam the South Cariboo Rec Centre during the 100 Mile House Wranglers’ game against the Sicamous Eagles last Friday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Kaden Ernst skids to a halt during a match between the 100 Mile House Wranglers and the Sicamous Eagles. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Kaden Ernst skids to a halt during a match between the 100 Mile House Wranglers and the Sicamous Eagles. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
The Sicamous Eagles’ defense works to contain a rush on their net by 100 Mile House Wrangler Tyler Smoluk. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)The Sicamous Eagles’ defense works to contain a rush on their net by 100 Mile House Wrangler Tyler Smoluk. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
The 100 Mile House Wranglers and Sicamous Eagles clash around the Wranglers’ net during a game last Friday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)The 100 Mile House Wranglers and Sicamous Eagles clash around the Wranglers’ net during a game last Friday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile House Wrangler Nathan Bohmer celebrates scoring on the Sicamous Eagles last Friday, the only Wrangler to score this weekend. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)100 Mile House Wrangler Nathan Bohmer celebrates scoring on the Sicamous Eagles last Friday, the only Wrangler to score this weekend. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
The 100 Mile House Wranglers and Sicamous Eagles fight for control of the puck. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)The 100 Mile House Wranglers and Sicamous Eagles fight for control of the puck. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile House Wrangler forward Jack Mulder faces off against Sicamous Eagles goalie Gage Reimer. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)100 Mile House Wrangler forward Jack Mulder faces off against Sicamous Eagles goalie Gage Reimer. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
The 100 Mile House Wranglers and Sicamous Eagles fight for control of the puck. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)The 100 Mile House Wranglers and Sicamous Eagles fight for control of the puck. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile House Wrangler Ethan Hofstrand takes a shot on the Sicamous Eagles net during a game Friday at the South Cariboo Rec Centre. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)100 Mile House Wrangler Ethan Hofstrand takes a shot on the Sicamous Eagles net during a game Friday at the South Cariboo Rec Centre. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Ethan Davey takes the puck into the Princeton Posse’s zone. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Ethan Davey takes the puck into the Princeton Posse’s zone. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Wranglers Owen Johnson races Princeton Posse Scott Burgess for possession of the puck. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Wranglers Owen Johnson races Princeton Posse Scott Burgess for possession of the puck. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Wranglers goalie Royce Watson keeps an eye on the puck. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Wranglers goalie Royce Watson keeps an eye on the puck. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Wrangler Derek Teare fights to gain possession of the puck. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Wrangler Derek Teare fights to gain possession of the puck. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Nathan Bohmer takes possession of the puck. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Nathan Bohmer takes possession of the puck. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

The 100 Mile House Wranglers are looking for a victory after back-to-back defeats last weekend.

The Wranglers lost on home ice to the Sicamous Eagles Friday 4-1 before being shut out by the Princeton Posse 4-0 on Saturday. Despite this latest setback, coach Dale Hladun remains positive the team will turn things around.

“I thought overall the boys played a lot of good moments of hockey but it was just unfortunate. Against Princeton, they got three goals in the span of about four and a half minutes,” Hladun said. “They’re doing a lot of right things and they did push back and they’re getting chances to score. There’s a lot of good in their game but a lot of kids measure themselves by wins.”

Hladun said the Wranglers’ power play just “disappeared” this weekend. Even when he pulled the goalie during a double powerplay to give them a six-on-three advantage they barely got shots on the net. He chalked this up to his players being under pressure and falling back on what they know.

“I had defencemen going end to end during rushes and centermen going back on defence. The guys are making mistakes of effort, which is a good thing, but we need to start doing the right thing.”

The Wranglers’ sole goal this weekend was scored Friday by Nathan Bohmer with an assist from Jace Myers and Ethan Sanders. Hladun said he felt that goalie Ryder Gregga kept the team in the fight for most of the game and gave them an opportunity to win on Friday.

Against the Posse, Hladun said the Wranglers were fouled by “stupid penalties” which stalled their momentum. There were instances where the puck would be heading up the ice and the Wranglers would take a penalty for punching or slashing another player. While Hladun encourages an aggressive style of play, he said his players need to learn to be smart about it.

“You got to relate it to getting bit by a rattlesnake, there are two ways to handle it. You can either chase that thing and that poison races through you as your heart rate runs and you kill yourself,” Hladun said. “Or you mark it, go to the hospital, get fixed and then come back with a big shovel and beat the hell out of it. We’ve got to have a mindset like that, pick your time.”

Hladun said that thankfully none of the teams in the KIJHL are on a big winning streak so his team has time to rally and climb out of being bottom of their division. If they continue to put in the work ethic, he’s confident they’ll start winning games regularly again.

“I’ve always been taught there are two ways to grow something, you can either have a garden or an orchard. The garden you dig, get it done but it’s over in a year,” Hladun said.

“I feel we’re building an orchard here. We get the roots in, the culture growing and it takes longer to come together but once it’s there you’re picking fruit year-round every year.”

Hladun’s optimism proved well placed when the Wranglers bested the Chase Heat 5-1 on Tuesday, Nov. 15 on home ice.

The Wranglers will march in this week’s Santa Claus Parade in 100 Mile House before hosting the North Okanagan Knights on Saturday at 7 p.m.



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