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Indians come up short agains Fox Motors

Saturdays opening game saw the Indians jump out to an early lead in the first period against Fox Motors.  Bren Lyons scored on a breakaway after a pass from Travis Blackhust set him free in on the Fox netminder, less than 20 seconds later Jason Kasper jumped on a rebound from a shot by Drayke Micolo to put the Indians up by two. They Indians battled hard for the remainder of the first period and through the second until late in the third when Fox Motors finally got on the board.  The Indians took a 2-1 lead into the dressing room through two periods.  In the third the Indians couldn’t generate any offense and Fox came back with three unanswered goals to take a 4-2 win.  Dmitri Kochan was in net for the Indians.
Sundays game started much different as Fox got on the board with three goals early in the first period to take the lead, in the second the Indians fought back to get within two goals when Travis Blackhust took a pass from Drayke Micolo to make a rush up the ice and put a shot over the netminder.  Midway through the third Cam Parrot beat the netminder from the slot on a nice pass from Bren Lyons on the power play to get the Indians within one goal.  Fox battled back to regain a two goal lead again.  The Indians pulled their goalie and put a push, Garth Wickham found himself in front of the open net and made no mistake scoring to get the Indians back within one, Jeff Rahilly and Colton Hayes assisted on the goals.  With 1:50 remaining the Indians continued to apply the pressure looking for the tying goal but as luck would have it they couldn’t buy one falling 4-3.  Dmitri Kochan started in the net before Alex Rairigh came on in the second period.  The Indians will travel to Detroit next weekend to Play Belle Tire and Honeybaked in MAHA action.

Meijer AAA takes two from the Indians

This weekend pitted the Indians against Meijer AAA from Lansing in a pair of games at the Suburban Ice Arena.  Saturday afternoons games played out as a chippy game and Indians couldn’t muster any offense failing 5-0,  Alex Rairigh was in net for the Indians.  Sunday mornings game, a MAHA league game, played out much different as both teams battled hard at both ends of the ice, with neither teams scoring in the first period.  In the second period Meijer finally broke the ice taking an 1-0 lead at the end of the second period.  Early in the second period Meijer add another goal before Garth Wickham scored on a pass from Jeff Rahilly to get the Indians back within one goal.  Three minutes later Jason Kasper won the face off draw to Bren Lyons who scored to tie the game.  Neither team could get the go ahead goal and sent the game to overtime.  Early in overtime Meijer cleared the puck out of the Indians corner and it deflected into the net for the winning goal.  The Indians did pick up 1 point for the tie in the MAHA standings due to the tie.  Dmitri Kochan played excellent in net.
The Indians will be home at the Taffy Abel Arena next Saturday at 3pm and Sunday 10 am when they take on Fox Motors from Grand Rapids.

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.