The Coldwater Ice Wolves have a key three-game homestand this weekend as they look to snap a three-game losing streak that has seen the team slip to sixth in the nine-team CPJHL.
When asked what the Ice Wolves need to do to right the ship, “Hard work” was all Coach Justin Beers said. They will certainly need to work harder in the defensive end – after allowing only four goals per game over their first 10 games, Coldwater has given up 25 goals over their recent three-game skid.
Coldwater spent last weekend in Quebec with a pair of road games against the Maniwaki Mustangs. The Ice Wolves fell short in both games, but they will not have to wait long for revenge as the Mustangs are in town on Friday night.
The third-place Mustangs are riding a six-game winning streak and are led by Anthony Bedard, who leads the CPJHL with 28 goals and sits second in the league with 48 points. The Ice Wolves were able to hold Bedard to just two assists in their first game against Maniwaki; but he came alive with four goals and two assists in their second game and Coldwater will have to ensure that does not happen again in order to have a strong chance at picking up the home win.
On Satuday night, the Ice Wolves welcome the Greater Toronto Jaguars to the Coldwater Arena. The Jaguars currently sit last with a 2-11 record, but they recently underwent a change of ownership and staffing and they are coming off a road win last Sunday. This will be the first meeting of the two teams so far this season, and Coldwater knows regardless of the record they cannot take the Jaguars lightly.
In the Sunday matinee, Coldwater will play host to the rival Muskoka Anglers. The Anglers have won the first two meetings between the two teams, but those were both home wins (the one game did take place in New York as part of the CPJHL Showcase, but Muskoka did have the last change). Similar to Coldwater, the Anglers have struggled lately, going 1-5 in their last six games, including four straight road losses.
The Anglers will be on the road Friday night as well, taking on the first-place Grey Highland Hawks in what is sure to be a difficult and physical contest. Neither team will be fully rested come Sunday afternoon, but expect a hard-fought battle between these two geographical rivals.
All three games will take place at the Coldwater Arena, with the Friday and Saturday games both starting at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday game beginning at 2:30 p.m. For ticket information, stats and the full schedule, check www.coldwatericewolves.com