Red Wings drop a pair without their all-stars

High Prairie Red Wing player Tyrell Genier, left, and Northern Alberta Tomahawk player Ethan Grandjambe chase the puck in Greater Metro Hockey League action Jan. 11.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The High Prairie Red Wings suffered their first losing weekend since the junior A hockey team moved to High Prairie in early November.

The Red Wings were clipped 7-1 by the Enoch Northern Alberta Tomahawks in High Prairie on Jan. 11 in Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League action in the West Division.

Maven McMaster scored the lone goal assisted by Benny Yellowknee to tie the game at 1-1 in the first period at 12:33, just 14 seconds after Enoch opened the scoring.

Northern Alberta led 3-1 after the first period and 6-1 after two.

The Red Wings were outshot 39-26 as Matthieu Charbonneau faced 29 shots before he was replaced by Bradley Roncin after the fifth Northern Alberta goal in the second period at 7:55.

High Prairie minor hockey graduate Keygon Okemow, of Sucker Creek, played in goal for the Tomahawks.

The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak at home since the Red Wings played their first game Nov. 10 in High Prairie.

Four key players and head coach Ryder Prue were not available for the weekend. Leading scorer and forward Larry Yellowknee, forward Mikal Chalifoux, goaltender Jeremiah Clarke and defenceman Tyson Mitchell played in the GMJHL all-star games in Ontario on Jan. 11.

On the road, the Red Wings fell 7-2 to the Slave Lake Icedogs on Jan. 10.

Trailing 5-0, High Prairie got on the board when John Yellowknee scored a power-play goal in the second period at 13:43 assisted by Maven McMaster and Benny Yellowknee.

Donovan Joseyman tallied a short-handed goal in the third period at 13:45 assisted by John Yellowknee and Jonas Smith.

Bradley Roncin was very busy in the High Prairie net as the Icedogs outshot the Red Wings 63-28.

Upcoming, the Red Wings play the Tomahawks in Enoch on Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

After that, the Red Wings have two straight home games at the Sports Palace. High Prairie hosts the Icedogs on Jan. 26 at 4:30 p.m. The Red Wings end the month when they welcome Northern Alberta on Jan. 31 at 8:30 p.m.

Playoffs in the West Division are set to start after the regular season ends, Prue says. The top team gets a bye in the first round while the second and third place teams battle in a best-of-five series.

More information about the team is also available on the website including schedule and leading scorers at highprairieredwings.com.

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