Wranglers explode in third over Colts
Colts goalie Ethan Woodword tries to make a save on Blackfalds Wrangler Braidon Westin during Heritage Junior Hockey League action at the Blackfalds Multi-plex Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The Wranglers won 6-2. (Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)
A five-goal third period lifted the Blackfalds Wranglers 6-2 over the rival Mountainview Colts in Heritage Junior Hockey League action Tuesday night.
On the scoresheet, they dominated, but on the ice they were plagued by another slow start, as has often been the case this season.
The team took the first four penalties and surrendered the first goal of the game before showing signs of life offensively.
“It wasn’t our best, that’s for sure,” said Wranglers Head Coach Sean Neumeier. “Our first period was butt ugly and then after that we did what we had to do to win.”
Colts forward Colton Anderson scored with a two-man advantage midway through the first. With just 31 seconds left in the period, Landon Siegle tied the game for the Wranglers.
They came out of the second period unscathed, still tied at one, but Neumeier said it could’ve easily been different.
“I said to these guys in the room, we’re lucky we weren’t down 5-1. That’s not being dramatic, that’s an honest assessment. Coming into the third 1-1 was a huge win,” he said. “We tried to play like (the Colts) play and it didn’t work. That doesn’t work for us.”
What changed in the third, he said, is the team started playing their own game.
Braden Olsen put the team up 2-1 just 3:57 into the third frame. Braidon Westin added another goal at 8:15, and 20 second later Braden Bystrom chipped another goal past Colts netminder Ethan Woodward, prompting a goalie change.
Alan Klinck responded for the Colts to make the game 4-2, but the Wranglers didn’t let up.
Siegel scored unassisted to make it 5-2, and Jacob Ten Hove sealed the deal with the sixth and final goal of the game.
Now 5-1 on the season, the Wranglers are second in the division only to the Airdrie Thunder.
While they’re off to a good start to the season, Neumeier said they could do better - especially with how they start games.
“It seems like we take a long time to feel the other team out. It is really early so you have to chalk it up to that,” he said. “We don’t know what anyone’s bringing yet - Mountainview’s different than they were the last three years. They’re younger, they’re not the same team.
“I don’t think we’ll start like that for very much longer. We’ll make sure that doesn’t happen because eventually it’s going to bite us.”
Their next game is on Sunday, Oct. 22 against the Airdrie Thunder. Puck drop is at 3:30 p.m. at the Blackfalds Multi-plex Arena.