Upon the completion of the Soo Indians season Spencer reported to Springfield Illinios and played his first game, a 5-3 win over the Topeka Roadrunners. Good luck to Spencer in the remained of the 2016/17 season.
Due to weather conditions in the Midwest games against the Minnesota Revolution have been cancelled for the weekend
In a all important game for the Indians to move to the MAHA state championships the Indians came out playing hard and determined to leave everything on the ice. On the second shift of the game Nolan Slachetka stole the puck of the Compuware defender and made no mistake putting it over the netminders right should to the early lead. Both teams continue the fast pace trading opportunities to score however both netminders denied them until the 3:22 mark of the third period when Compuware broke in on the net and tipped the puck in to tie the score at 1-1. Due to the points needed to advance in the MAHA standings the Indians were forced to the pull their goaltender for the out right win in regulation and swarmed Compuwares net and rattled one of the post with time winding down and as luck would have it the puck ended up on the opposing teams stick and with 27 seconds remaining they scored in the empty net for the 2-1 win. Aidan Curry played outstanding in the net for the Indians.
Sundays rematch started much different as Compuware jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first two minutes before the Indians woke up, settled down and went to work. Compuware added to their lead to make it 3-0 before Justin Moyle launched a booming slapshot past the Compuware netminder to open the Indians scoring, assisted by Hayden Clark and Kyle Lake. Compuware again opened up a three goal lead early in the third, but the Indians wouldn't quit and with 13:41 mounted their comeback, first Nolan Slachetka got his second of the weekend from Jeff Rahilly and Kyle Lake, then Tiger Weber broke in on the goalie all alone on a pass from Justin Hendrickson scoring to get within one and then Spencer DenBeste won a battle for the puck in front of their net to tie the game, assist went to Slachetka and Zak Lasley. The remained of regulation went back and forth with neither team scoring. The game wasn't decided in the four on four overtime and it went to a shootout to be decided. In the first three shooters Kalvin Hillock traded goals with the Compuware player, however on the fourth shooter the Compuware scored to take the win. Jordan Lawday played outstanding in net for the Indians.
The Indians return home this coming weekend to take on the Minnesota Revolution on Friday 3pm, Saturday 3pm and Sunday morning at 10am at the Taffy Abel Arena.
In the first of the two games series Saturday night both teams traded leads with Fox getting the eventual game winning goal with no time left on the clock. Fox opened the scoring Saturday early in the first period however the Nolan Slachetka even the game from Spencer DenBeste and Jeff Rahilly in the first period. Fox again drew first blood in the second and again Slachetka evened it up from DenBeste and Hayden Clark, The Indians took the lead midway through the period on a goal from DenBeste assisted by Rahilly. Less than a minute later Rahilly would get a goal of his own from DenBeste and Slachetka to go up two goals, Fox would get back with in one late in the period. In the third Fox tied the game and with no time left on the clock they scored the winning goal for a final of 5-4. Jordan Lawday played outstanding in net.
Sunday morning Fox got on the board in the first period and added another in the second and the Indians just couldn't break the ice and the game ended 2-0. Aidan Curry played excellent between the pipes for the Indians.
The will now travel next Saturday to USA arena to take on Compuware in Plymouth MI.
Saturday mornings rematch saw Meijer score first again taking the early lead however the Indians stormed back to even the score when Justin Moyle followed the rush getting a pass from Spencer DenBeste to even things up. With more pressure on the Meijer net Kyle Lake found the net on passes from Dylan Cook and Nolan Slachetka to take the lead in the second period. The Indians opened the lead to two goals when Tiger Weber scored off a pass from Jacob Hubbard for the two goal lead. From that point the Indians found themselves on the defense and Meijer was able to tie the game with 6 minutes remaining, then with 1:51 remaining they were forced to kill off a penalty and at the 44 second mark Meijer was able to get the winning goal taking the game 4-3. Aidan Curry played excellent in net for the Indians.
The Indians will be off for the weekend then travel to Grand Rapids to face Fox Motors.