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Xtreme show improvement in pair of home wins

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 11:03 am

Airdrie Xtreme forward Jonathan Lake tried to get the puck before Fort Saskatchewan Rangers defenceman Tanner Melnyk slammed into the board during a AMBHL game here on Dec. 1.
Airdrie Xtreme forward Jonathan Lake tried to get the puck before Fort Saskatchewan Rangers defenceman Tanner Melnyk slammed into the board during a AMBHL game here on Dec. 1.
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A week after he watched his team struggle in a 3-1 home loss to the Calgary Royals on Nov. 23, Airdrie Xtreme Head Coach Josh Zimmer was encouraged by his squad’s effort in a pair of home-ice victories last weekend in Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League (AMBHL) play.

“I was really happy with how everything went, especially in comparison to what happened in our loss to the Royals,” Zimmer said. “There are still things that we can work on and get better at, but overall, things are moving in the right direction.”

The Xtreme opened up its weekend homestand in style on Nov. 30, as it skated to a lopsided 8-2 win over the SEAC Tigers of Medicine Hat at the Ron Ebbesen Arena.

“I think the final score is a little bit misleading, as it was a 4-2 game until the last seven minutes or so,” Zimmer said. “However, whenever you can put up eight goals in a game like that, the guys can build up a lot of confidence.”

That four-goal outburst late in the game came off of the stick of Xtreme assistant captain Gary Haden, who was still in shock over what had happened afterwards.

“It all just kind of happened at once,” Haden, who also had an assist during the game, said. “I was in a bit of a slump heading into the game, and after I scored the first goal, the puck just kept coming to me.”

Xtreme captain Brett Trentham did his linemate one better on Dec. 1 against the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers, as he scored four goals and had two assists in his team’s 6-3 triumph.

“It always seems to work like that with us where one of us will light up the score sheet in one game, and the other player does the same thing the next week,” Trentham said. “Our line (which also features Airdrie resident Tyler Petrie) work well together, and we have been able to have a lot of good scoring chances lately.”

“Both Brett and Gary are great players who play the game the right way,” Zimmer added.

“Brett works hard at both ends of the rink, and Gary has some of the best offensive talent that I have ever seen, and it’s great to see them both producing.”

The Xtreme will look to continue its winning ways this weekend, when it will host the Rocky Mountain Raiders on Dec. 7 in a 7:15 p.m. contest at the Ron Ebbesen Arena. The team will then travel to Medicine Hat on Dec. 8 for a 1:30 p.m. tilt with the SEAC Tigers.


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