The North Island Silvertips were primed for a happy Thanksgiving, but a bad bounce on Sunday left them in a foul mood for turkey.
This weekend should have a sweep for the 'Tips, they beat the winless Kootenay Ice 4-2 on Saturday and held a lead in the third period on Sunday, but wound up on the wrong side of a 4-3 final at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.
The loss left them with their fourth straight weekend split to open the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League season.
"The kids were real frustrated," said Silvertips head coach Jason Dubyna. "We played real well, it was just a couple mistakes that ended up costing us." Trent Bell, Grady McInnes, Hunter Findlater and Clayton Pearce all scored for North Island on Saturday while Tyler Madden, Carter Turnbull and McInnes tallied on Sunday.
The Silvertips carried a 3-2 lead into the final 20 minutes of their Sunday contest.
But a bad break on the tying goal gave the Ice all of the momentum in the third period, and they capitalized on it, scoring the winner with less than two minutes to play.
But they also are fully aware that it is a game they let get away from themselves by letting the Ice hang around. "As a whole, our execution was good, it's just being able to capitalize on some power plays and scoring chances that could have buried them earlier in the game," said Dubyna.
One big positive for them to build on is the continued hot start by McInnes, who now has seven goals in their first eight games, tying him for third in the league.
"He's a kid where his biggest asset as a player is scoring," said Dubyna. "He's got a great shot, he's a got a good game in open ice, and for him, he has to be scoring, that's who he's made to be."
Up next for the 'Tips is another opportunity at a sweep, a two-game set against the Thompson Blazers, who are sitting in last place at 0-5-1. They host at the NIC on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. and on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. "The kids were pretty angry after the loss this week, so I think they'll build from that," said Dubyna. "It will be a good step for us. It's one of those situations where you're disappointed in a loss, but you know they'll learn from it so it will help in the end."
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