Ice Bullets lose 7-3 in OSHA developmental league quarterfinal

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Essex-Kent Ice Bullets concluded their season Saturday afternoon at the UCCU Complex against a tough opponent they only found out four days earlier they were going to play.

The Ice Bullets dropped a 7-3 decision to the Mississauga Cruisers in Ontario Sledge Hockey Association (OSHA) developmental league quarterfinal action. Despite the loss, head coach Ivan Petkovic said his team played well against a tough opponent.

“We had our work cut out for us,” said Petkovic. “Mississauga has some really skilled players on their team. The Cruisers are a premier sledge hockey organization in Ontario. They’ve got a good team. They’re very well coached.”

Earlier last week, it appeared that the Ice Bullets would oppose the Hamilton Sledgehammers but the Ice Bullets found out on Tuesday that their opponent would be Mississauga.

 

Ice Bullets goalie Trajan Petkovic sprawls to make a save against Mississauga Saturday afternoon at the UCCU Complex in Amherstburg. Petkovic played well and made several key saves despite his team's 7-3 loss to the Cruisers.

Ice Bullets goalie Trajan Petkovic sprawls to make a save against Mississauga Saturday afternoon at the UCCU Complex in Amherstburg. Petkovic played well and made several key saves despite his team’s 7-3 loss to the Cruisers.

Petkovic noted his team will lose some players to the intermediate squad this year but believed the developmental team has a good core group of players returning next season.

“They’re coming along,” he said. “Every player we had, you could see the improvement.”

The Essex-Kent Ice Bullets are always recruiting new players as well, Petkovic added.

Mark Kaufman led the Cruisers with four goals with Mitchell Emerson adding the other three. Kaufman said he was impressed by the UCCU Complex and its amenities for sledge hockey.

“It’s a nice place. I wish ours was like this,” he said.

Petkovic said visiting players, coaches and parents often have praise for the UCCU Complex. He noted the Ice Bullets worked with the town and builders in the design phase to ensure it was good for sledge hockey.

“For us to have a facility like this to play in, it’s awesome,” said Petkovic.

The Ice Bullets got goals from Adam McLellan, Matt Alzner and Sean Alzner in Saturday’s game.

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