Cubs to ice two all-stars

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - RYAN MCCRACKEN rm­c­[email protected]­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNMcCracken

The Medicine Hat Trav­elodge Cubs will be led onto the ice by a pair of all-stars as they host the High River Fly­ers and Black­falds Wran­glers at the Kin­plex this week­end.

The Cubs an­nounced Wed­nes­day that for­wards Noah Irvine and Chan­dler Ale­man will rep­re­sent the South­ern Divi­sion at the Her­itage Ju­nior Hockey League All-Star Game on Jan. 6 in Air­drie af­ter lead­ing Medicine Hat to an 8-11-2 start.

“They’re both not only skilled kids on the ice but they’re re­ally good kids off the ice and in the com­mu­nity. They’re two guys I’m re­ally happy to see go to the All-Star Game and rep­re­sent the Cubs,” said head coach JD Gae­tan, whose Cubs host the Fly­ers Satur­day at 7:45 p.m. and the Wran­glers Sun­day at 2:15 p.m. “It’s def­i­nitely four points we ex­pect to get and we’re look­ing for­ward to it.”

Irvine leads the Cubs with 28 points, in­clud­ing 10 goals, while Ale­man sits close be­hind with 13 goals and 13 as­sists in 21 games this sea­son.

The Cubs are com­ing off one heck of an upand-down week­end on the road af­ter de­feat­ing the Three Hills Thrash­ers in a 13-0 land­slide Satur­day and drop­ping a 9-0 blowout to the Oko­toks Bisons Sun­day. Gae­tan says both con­tests came with op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn.

“We were fir­ing on all cylin­ders on Satur­day in Three Hills. Ev­ery­body was on a good high, but then we went into Oko­toks against a much bet­ter team and got into a bit of penalty trou­ble. There was an in­ci­dent where Chan­dler Ale­man had his nose bro­ken and it sort of went down­hill from there,” said Gae­tan, ad­ding Ale­man will be sport­ing a cage this week­end. “It’s some­thing we have to learn from, no mat­ter what hap­pens we have to stay fo­cused on our game and stay out of the penalty box. We’re not go­ing to win games in the penalty box.”

The Cubs will have the chance to climb the South­ern Divi­sion stand­ings while bounc­ing back into the win col­umn on home ice this week­end. A pair of wins could push Medicine Hat past High River and within strik­ing dis­tance of the Strath­more Wheat­land Kings for fourth in the divi­sion.

The Cubs lead the sea­son se­ries against both High River and Black­falds by a 1-0 mar­gin af­ter de­feat­ing the Fly­ers 6-1 in Novem­ber and top­ping the Wran­glers 7-6 in an Oc­to­ber over­time thriller.

NEWS PHOTO RYAN MCCRACKEN

Medicine Hat Cubs cen­tre Macken­zie Frit­zler (left) takes a face­off with Devyn Ste­wart of the Oko­toks Bisons Nov. 4 at the Kin­plex.

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