The Omineca Ice came out on top this weekend with an explosive win against the Lac La Hache Tomahawks, beating them 11 – 2.
The Ice went out with a full bench and scored early and often.
Ice goalie Paul Simoes also made some great saves early on in the game, without which could have seen a completely different outcome to the game.
This win was crucial in the race for the Coy Cup playoffs and could be the deciding game which sees the Ice put forward.
Vanderhoof faced Lac La Hache in a double-header the weekend before last, coming with two of a possible four points.
“Being a new team, Lac La Hache … is supposed to take a lot of losses. They have not done this as they have wins over Williams Lake and Quesnel … also they have three wins over us this year,” said Omineca Ice coach Chris Reed.
“We played them to a shoot out and a 8-2 drubbing last weekend. We wanted to be prepared for them for this game. We had the strongest team so far this year dressed, actually we had probably one of best line ups in the history of the team,” he said.
He added that the Ice coaching staff had come up with a game plan to shut the Tomahawks down …
“The Ice controlled the game from the opening face off till the final buzzer. We shut down the quick passing of Lac La Hache and they could not answer what we threw at them. Easily the best game of the year… and probably best game in a couple of seasons,” said Reed.
“This game proved to be important as the Ice and Lac La Hache are battling for the last playoff spot in the eastern division. The Ice have three games left till the Coy Cup playoffs start so all wins are a must,” he said.
Only 65 fans turned up to watch the game. Ice coach Steve Little posted on the Omineca Ice Facbook page on Sunday voicing concerns for the future of the team.
“The Omineca Ice showed that they could be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs and dare say the Coy Cup, however the writing is on the wall that this well could have been the last regular season game for the Ice due to a lack of support from fans,” the post read.