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Indians drop four games at the Tier 1 Showcase

This weekend the Indians traveled to Detroit to complete against the best teams in the United States at the Tier 1 Showcase in Detroit.  Friday afternoon the Indians got off the bus to take on the Thunder AAA from Huntsville Alabama,  Early on the Thunder took a two goal lead for a 2-0 score at the end of the first period, in the second they add one more before Spencer Samppala scored on a rush assists going to Colton Hayes and Garth Wickham.  The Thunder came back to regain a 3 goal through two periods.  In the third the Thunder AAA added three more and the Indians could only manage to score two, first Branden Woodward scored from Steven Cope, then Hudson Troyer scored from Chase Tallaire and the game ended with Thunder AAA up on the Indians 7-3.  Alex Rairigh was in net for the Indians.
The second game of the day had the Indians facing the Chicago Fury, again the Indians found them selfs down by one and the end of the first period, however in the second they fought back applying pressure on the Fury netminder that made several outstanding saves to keep the puck out of their net and has luck would have it they managed to score twice before Steven Cope buried a shot from the top of the circle to get back with in two goals.  In the third the Fury added one more goal for a 4-1.  Dmitri Kochan was between the pipes for the Indians.
Saturday afternoons game pitted the Indians against the Milwaukee Admirals, finally the Indians were able get the all important first goal when Colton Hayes scored from Spencer Samppala to give the Indians the 1-0 all the way to the 12:33 mark of the third period when the Admirals tied the game.  From that point neither team could get the winner even after the 5 minute 4 on 4 overtime and the game was decided in a shoot-out.  In the Shoot-out the Admirals managed to get one by Dmitri Kochan and the Indians skaters didn’t convert on their chances giving them the 2-1 win.
Sunday mornings final game of the weekend saw the Indians face off against the St. Louis Blues AAA.  Early on the Indians couldn’t get their legs as they were killing penalties, until Warner Young came out of the box and picked up a loose puck at center ice for a break away and made no mistake putting it behind the Blues netminder.  The Blues added two more in the first for a 3-1 lead, in the second the Blues added three more before Chase Tallaire scored from Jason Kasper and Hudson Troyer.  The third period saw both teams traded two more goals, the Indians Garth Wickham scored from Steven Cope and Drayke Micolo, then Colton Hayes added another from Wickham and Justin Moyle, however it wasn’t enough and game ended 8-4 in favor of the Blues.  Overall unfortunately not the wins the team would of liked but great competition and explore for all of the players.
The Indians will now head to Lansing for next weekend to take on Miejer AAA in MAHA league games Saturday and Sunday at Suburban Ice Rink.

Schedule change

This weekend the Indians will be leaving Friday morning to travel to Detroit to compete in the Tier 1 Showcase.  Friday at 2 pm the Indians will take on Thunder AAA at the Taylor Sportplex, then return to the ice at 830 pm, Dearborn Ice Skating Club, to play the Chicago Fury.  Saturday the Indians will play the Milwaukee Admirals at 2 pm at the DISC, the final game of the weekend will see the Indians face off against the St. Louis AAA Blues Sunday morning at 8 am.  Great weekend of hockey ahead GO INDIANS!!!

Indians bounce back for a 3-2 shoot out win over Honeybaked

Sunday mornings rematch started with Honeybaked taking the early lead in the first period, however three minutes later Bren Lyons tipped a shot by Spencer Samppala past the Honeybaked netminder to even the score.  Chase Tallaire got on the board, with four minutes remaining in the first period, on a pass from Lyons to put the Indians up by one.  Honeybaked came right back to score one minute later and end the period with both teams tied at two.  From that point on neither team could convert on their chances and the game would go to overtime to decide the winner.  In the five minute four on four overtime both teams had chances to win but neither goaltender would allow one in so the game would be decided in a three man shoot out.  Garth Wickham was the first to shoot for the Indians and made no mistake dekeing the netminder and depositing the net which would turn out to be the only goal scored and the game winner for the Indians.  Dmitri Kochan played outstanding in net stopping 42 shots and all three of the players in the shoot out to preserve the win for Indians.
The Indians will be back in action next week on the road.

Honeybaked nips the Indians 3-1

On the Indians first game back from Christmas break against Honeybaked, they opened the scoring early in the first period on a goal by Brandon Woodward set up by Hudson Troyer, giving them the lead through the first period.  Midway through the second period Honeybaked even the score on a power play and again late in the second period to take the 2-1 lead.  In the third both teams played even until late the third the Indians missed their chances with the net empty and Honeybaked grabbed a bouncing puck for a late goal and the win.  Dmitri Kochan stopped 21 shots in a losing effort.  
Both teams will be back in action tomorrow morning at 10am, Taffy Abel Arena.

Indians break for Christmas

With the Holiday season upon us the Indians took a well deserved break for Christmas.  Midway through the year the Indians have posted a 13-21-1 record and currently sit in 8th place in MAHA Tier 1 league, they will return action on January 6th and 7th against Honeybaked.

They Holidays do bring back many of the local players and Soo Indians Alumi that are currently playing and furthering their hockey careers. Pictured below from left to right are Brendan Miller (Soo Thunderbirds NOJHL), Denver Pierce (Norhern Michigan University WCHA), Aston Calder (Lincoln Stars USHL, committed to LSSU), and Brenden MacLaren (Janesville Jets NAHL).

Other Soo Indians alumni still playing Brandon Gordon (Soo Thunderbirds NOJHL), Spencer DenBeste (Sioux City Musketers USHL committed to LSSU), Ethan St. Germain (Finlandia University), Trevor Jestadt (Finlandia University), Zak Lasley (Jersey Shore Whalers USPHL Premier), Tommy Holochuk (Jersey Shore Whalers USPHL Premier), Jake Smith (Jersey Shore Whalers USPHL Premier, Casey Gilling (Miami of Ohio NCAA), Jordan Lawday (Great Britain U20), Frank Pucci (Niagara Falls Canucks GOJHL), Andrew Barbeau (Niagara Falls Canucks GOHL), Spencer Silver (Hearst Lumberjacks NOJHL), Hayden Clark (Soo Eagles NOJHL), Cole Lussier (Trine University), John Pesek (Janesville Jets NAHL), Drew Goupille (Jersey Rockets NCDC), Tiger Weber (New Jersey Hitmen USPHL Premier), Zach Ahola (New Hampshire Avalance EHL), and Aidan Curry (New York Avaitors USPHL Premier).

The Soo Indians staff wish all of our current and former players continued success and Happy Holidays.