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Compuware doubles up on the Indians 4-2

In a must win game for the Indians Compuware came out flying but Alex Rairigh stood tall in the net and shut the door to put the score at 0-0 at the end on the first period.  In the second period they continue to force the issue and scored late in the period on a bad bounce to take a 1-0 lead, then with less than two minutes remaining in the second period they added to their lead to take a 2-0 lead into the dressing room at the end of two periods.  With their backs against the wall the Indians came out determined to fight back and with 2:00 minutes gone in the third period Drayke Micolo found Cam Parrott alone in front of the net and he made no mistake burying in behind their goaltender to cut the lead in half.  Three minutes later Colton Hayes won the battle in the corner for the puck and fed Garth Wickham in front of the net for the tying goal, making it 2-2.  The Indians mounted pressure but couldn't score and midway through the period Compuware scored on the power play to regain the lead and then with the net empty scored to solidify the win for the them.  Alex Rairigh played outstanding in the net for Indians stopping 40 shots.


The Indians will be back in action thursday night at the Taffy Abel Arena at 630 pm, more information will follow.


Soo Indians Alumni Brenden MacLaren commits to play at Ferris State University


 The Janesville Jets, proud members of the North American Hockey League, are pleased to announce that forward Brenden MacLaren has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the Ferris State Bulldogs of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).

“This is a dream come true,” said MacLaren. “This means everything to me. It’s great to feel this all pay off. I want to thank my teammates, my linemates, all my coaches, and my family for everything they’ve done for me along the way. This is really exciting.”

MacLaren’s commitment is the second in a week for the Jets. Carter Ekberg committed to Air Force last Wednesday night.

As a rookie with the Jets last season, MacLaren suited up for 29 games, often on the fourth line, and played in an energy role. Like so many Jets players before him, he trusted the process, grew and developed, and now boasts a Division I deal, said Shuchuk.

“We’re very happy for Carter and Brenden, and proud of them for believing in the process,” said head coach Gary Shuchuk. “It shows our younger players that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. If you take care of your school and grades off the ice, and let your play dictate on the ice, then things will work out.”


MacLaren attempts a shot in a 3-1 win over Coulee Region.

MacLaren’s path to the Jets started with his hometown Soo Indians, where he played three seasons of U18 AAA hockey.  In 173 games with the Indians, the Upper Peninsula native totaled 70 goals and 141 points.  After grinding through a learning year as a rookie, MacLaren has shown significant growth this season, scoring nearly four times as often in his second year of junior hockey. The center’s 10 goals and 19 points are third and fifth on the Jets respectively, despite missing more than a third of the season with multiple injuries. Though he’s spent more time with Jets athletic trainer Kathy Calkins than he probably would have liked, MacLaren’s injury battles were just another example of his top-tier work ethic.

“The hip [pointer] was only a week, but the torn MCL was two months,” MacLaren said. “That was hard, but it just meant a little more work and a little more patience going through therapy and working off ice to battle back.”


Schedule change vs Compuware

This upcoming weekend the Indians will play the Compuware Ambassdors Saturday 3pm at the Taffy Abel Arena.  This will be a Michigan Amatuer Hockey league game and will be the only game for the weekend.

Indians split on the road in Illinois 

This weekends travels took the team to Lake Forrest Illinois to play the LFA Prep team on their campus.  Saturday the Indians started slow and as LFA jumped out to a 3 goal lead midway through the second period before the Indians began to fight their way back.  Garth Wickham broke the ice, scoring from the slot, assisted by Colton Hayes and Jeff Rahilly, then less than one minute later Steven Cope score from Bren Lyons and Drayke Micolo to pull back within one goal.  Then Cam Parrott scored his nineth of the year on a power play from Cope and Chase Tallaire to even the score.  Late in the second Wickham got his second of the game from Hayes to take the lead and in the final minutes of the third Rahilly scored on an empty net to close out the game on a pass from Cope securing the 5-3 win.  Alex Rairigh was in between pipes, taking the win.
In the Sunday rematch LFA again scored first in what turned out to a penalty filled game, this time the Indians couldn’t come back and fell 0-3 to LFA.  Dmitri Kockan was in net for the Indians.
This Indians will be home this upcoming weekend to play Compuware Saturday 5pm and Sunday 10am, both games and the Taffey Abel Arena.

Indians get one win and two losses on the road in Detroit this weekend

This weekend the Indians traveled to Detroit for a three game weekend taking on Belle Tire Friday night at the Taylor Sportplex.  Belle Tire jumped out to an early lead in the first period scoring four unanswered goals in the first period and one early in the second before they woke up and started to play.  Midway through the second period Cam Parrot tipped a shot by Justin Moyle to get the Indians on the board, Chase Tallaire had the other assist on the goal.  Then Steven Cope added another from Tallaire two minutes later to cut the lead and early in the third period Spencer Samppala scored on shot from the point set up by Drayke Micolo to get the Indians within two, however they early goals cost them they fell 5-3.  Dmitri Kochan was in net for the Indians.
Saturday night game in Rochester Hills saw the Indians square off against Honeybaked and the Indians got on the board first on a goal by Colton Hayes assisted by Garth Wickham to take the lead.  Honeybaked knotted the game, however Justin Moyle scored on shot from the blue line, set up by Bren Lyons to regain the lead.  Chase Tallaire added to the lead on nice shot from a pass from Steven Cope, Jeff Rahilly got on the board in the third period on power play goal, assisted by Moyle.  Honeybaked manage to get back to within two however Alex Rairigh shut the door to take the win.
Sunday morning the Indians made their final stop in Frazier to play the Oakland Grizzlies, the Grizzlies took a two goal lead after two periods, then added a one in third before Justin Moyle broke the ice scoring for the Indians, assisted by Steven Cope.  After that neither team could manage a goal and the final score ended 3-1 Oakland.  Dmitri Kochan was in the pipes.
The Indians will be back on the road next weekend traveling to Lake Forest IL to take on the Lake Forest Prep Academy