Icemen at Provincials in Wainwright

“Corey Dupre Bearing Down On Cold Lake Defense”  Photo by Byron Weaver

The Wetaskiwin Icemen have now officially finished their 2012/13 hockey season. This past weekend the team was in Wainright, Alberta with 8 other teams for the Provincial Junior B Hockey Championships. The Icemen didn’t fare very well and lost all three games of the Round Robin part of the tournament. When all was said and done, the Okotoks Bisons came out as the Provincial Champs for this year. 
    The Icemen playing in Pool A of the tourney started with Cold Lake on Thursday and took a 7-4 loss. Friday’s matchup was against Grande Prairie which was a 6-2 win for GP. On Saturday the Icemen lost 5-3 to Red Deer. Teams were guaranteed to play 3 games and depending on results, move to the semis and/or final for a total of 5 games if successful. The Gold Medal game was between the Okotoks Bisons and the Sherwood Park Knights which Okotoks won 8-4. The Bronze Medal game featured the Cold Lake Ice versus the Red Deer Vipers. Cold Lake got the Bronze with a 5-3 win. Okotoks Bisons now move on to the Keystone Cup in St. Malo Manitoba.
        Yes the Icemen have had a successful year of hockey going all the way to their CJHL League Final and then the Provincials. They didn’t win but the good news is that most of the team assembled will be back for next year with the exception of Corey Dupre and DJ Bennefield. There might be a few others that have a chance to make the jump to Junior A. Whatever happens there will still be a very good group of players left to start next year for some unfinished business. Congrats again to the Wetaskiwin Icemen Organization for an exciting season. See you at the windup banquet at the Moose Hall on Friday.


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