Le­gion­naires miss chances for first wins

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The Swift Cur­rent Home Hard­ware Le­gion­naires re­main win­less in the Saskatchew­an Midget AAA Hockey League af­ter four games. The Le­gion­naires had a good op­por­tu­nity to pick up their first win over the weekend when the Beardy’s Black­hawks paid a visit to the Credit Union iplex.

Satur­day, the Le­gion­naires squan­dered a four-goal lead in a 7-7 draw. They led 5-2 af­ter the first pe­riod and stretched it to 6-2 in the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore al­low­ing five goals over the fi­nal 24:23 of reg­u­la­tion.

“I don’t know if it is a mat­ter of what went wrong,” said head coach Dale Vossen. “I think it is a mat­ter of be­ing a ma­ture hockey team. Right now we are frag­ile and we are young. I am not mak- ing ex­cuses. You can’t give away a 5-2 lead, it is un­ac­cept­able. 6-2 even at one point.”

Kyle Zinger made the start and al­lowed six goals on 28 shots over 46:12. Shane Blomquist was credited with the tie af­ter stop­ping nine of 10 shots over the fi­nal 18:48.

Chase­ton Sare and Daw­son Tan­gen each had a goal and an as­sist, while Bryce Hall added four as­sists. Reid Fritzke, Kolby John- son, Tan­ner Brew­ster, and Colton Adam also scored for Swift Cur­rent. Evan Arm­strong, Gage Misskey, and Con­nor Odelein added as­sists.

“I think the guys thought ‘whoa we are go­ing to score a tonne of goals here.’ The guys got away from play­ing the sys­tem and they quit work­ing,” lamented Vossen.

The Le­gion­naires lookedv to have the game in hand af­ter a strong first pe­riod.

“The first pe­riod, I thought we were phys­i­cal and we fin­ished checks. Af­ter that guys just de­cided they were go­ing to play their own lit­tle game,” Vossen added.

The Le­gion­naires didn’t re­spond well to the ad­ver­sity the fol­low­ing day as they fell be­hind 3-0 on sec­ond-pe­riod goals 5:28 apart. Odelein re­sponded with two powerplay goals but the Le­gion­naires were un­able to draw even as they dropped to 0-4.

John­son and Fritzke picked up as­sists and Blomquist suf­fered the loss with 21 saves on 24 shots.

“I thought the first pe­riod we weren’t very good at all. We had shots on net, which we have to get shots on net, that’s what we have been work­ing on in prac­tice is get­ting shots, get­ting re­bounds, and get­ting guys go­ing to the net,” said Vossen.

“I thought about the eight­minute mark of the sec­ond pe­riod was when we started tak­ing it to them again.

“It was a com­bi­na­tion of them tak­ing some penal­ties and us start­ing to be a lit­tle more phys­i­cal and start­ing to use our speed.”

He hopes the team can learn a les­son from its weekend mis­steps.

“We can’t turn it on and turn it off. They are young and they are go­ing to learn. We have a bunch of young guys and it is a mat­ter of time and I hope it hap­pens sooner rather than later.”

The Le­gion­naires dropped to 0-3-1-0 and have plenty of work to do if they hope to find the win col­umn said Vossen.

“It has to be puck move­ment. We have to move the puck bet­ter. Our goal­tend­ing has been, in my mind, av­er­age at best some nights.

“Guys have to come here pre­pared and fo­cused on the task at hand. We can’t be com­ing here with our heads some­where else and think­ing that it is just go­ing to hap­pen be­cause we are not that good a hockey team right now. Un­til we start prov­ing to peo­ple that we are a bet­ter hockey team then we are not go­ing to be a bet­ter hockey team.”

The Le­gion­naires are on the road tonight to visit the Moose Jaw Gen­er­als (3-0-0-0).

They will be on the road to visit the Saskatoon Blaz­ers (0-3-1-0) on Satur­day and the Saskatoon Con­tacts (1-1-0-0) on Sun­day.

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