The Cold Lake Hornets Hockey Club returned from Las Vegas several days ago having lost three games. However, with that said, the Hornets earned a league-high distinction in its very own Yauheni Lavrov.
The Hornets began the week in Vegas against a Midwest-Mountain Division opponent, Wichita Jr. Thunder. The Hornets were able to get on the board first with a goal from Colby Krupp at 8:32 of the first half. As good as a the start may have been, Cold Lake conceded three straight in the second half to go down 3-1.
Lavrov had the second goal of the night but couldn't reach goal No. 3 with seven minutes remaining.
Game 2 was a much higher scoring game for the Hornets, but also for their opponent, Seattle Totems of the Northwest Division. The Totems were its division's 2018-2019 regular season champion and they really tested Cold Lake, who managed to skate with the lead on two occasions.
Brayden Grassi initiated the scoring at 20:21 of the first (All game at Showcase were two 25-minute halves) to get the first lead. Seattle mitigated with a response just seconds later until Lavrov regained the lead for the Hornets at 13:18 of the first stanza. After Lavrov made it 2-1, Seattle worked its way back with a pair of tallies themselves.
subsequent action would see Cold Lake able to tie it up 3-3 when Trey Beck scored with about 1.4 seconds remaining in the first.
Cold Lake's greatest effort came on the back of a shootout loss after 16 regulation goals between the Hornets and Southern Oregon Spartans did not suffice. Unfortunately, Cold Lake dropped an initial three goal lead as the Spartans strung together five succeeding goals from 5:25 of the first until 8:22 of the second.
The Hornets weren't out and they were also quick to get three unanswered goals as the lead-trading theme persisted late into the game. Ultimately, Jeffrey Gula and Mitchell Rutledge scored in the shootout for Southern Oregon.
Yauheni Lavrov earned a league distinction as he led the entire WSHL in scoring during the week of Showcase. He scored 6G-2A-8P as worded in the above graphic, including a four goal game against Southern Oregon in 8-7(SO) loss.
Looking ahead, the Hornets will be on Holiday Break through the New Year and expect to resume the season on Jan. 4 with a heavy match against the Hinton Timberwolves at the Cold Lake Energy Centre.