The Kootenay ICE gave up two goals in the opening 41 seconds of Friday’s game that eventually saw them fall 6-2 to the Moose Jaw Warriors.
1:17 into the third, Rookie Kaeden Taphorn netted a breakaway to bring the ICE within three, but a comeback did not materialize.
It was the first goal at Western Financial Place for the forward who was assisted by his twin brother Keenan.
He was happy to get one for the fans but wishes he could have given more.
He feels the team didn’t come out of the gate hot and had a really slow start.
He explains although they played better in the third, they weren’t good enough.
Taphorn says leading into the game, the strategy was to get going fast and hard, but things went downhill after the team had a bad warmup.
He thinks they knew the message was to start well, but they didn’t come out and compete with enough intensity and didn’t get the job done.
Taphorn thinks the team will benefit from solid practice time this week to work on game elements that need improvement.
In the 29 days the ICE have been back from the winter break, they have played 15 games.
They don’t play now until Saturday, when the Prince Albert Raiders come to town.
The ICE have lost their last four straight.
Kootenay ICE forward, Kaeden Taphorn –
– Keira O’Loughlin
(Image Credit Chris Pullen / Cranbrook Photo)