September 25th, 2021

Cubs cruise past Lomond in pair of exhibition games

By JAMES TUBB on September 14, 2021.

Austin Klimosko, Jamal Shaw and Conner Gardiner celebrate a Medicine Hat Cubs goal Saturday night at the Kinplex in the first game of a two-game exhibition series against the Lomond Lakers this weekend. They would go onto win both games by the same score of 7-3. The Cubs return to action Friday night at 7 p.m. vs Coaldale at Redcliff Arena. - NEWS PHOTO JAMES TUBB

The Medicine Hat Cubs doubled down on pre-season wins this weekend.

The junior B team swept a home-and-home series with the Lomond Lakers on Saturday and Sunday, winning both games by a score of 7-3.

Taking the pair was obviously positive for head coach Randy Wong, but he was upset when his team let their foot off the pedal in Sunday’s win during Lomond’s home game out of Lethbridge.

“We were up 7-1 in the first period and I felt that we had a real strong period, moved the puck well and I just felt we stopped moving the puck in the second and third. A little selfish I thought,” he said.

It was something that says he wanted to quickly address after the game and made sure his team understood they need to play to win and stay on the path of what makes them successful. However, it wasn’t all negatives for Wong.

“I’m hard on the guys because I want to play the right way and I want to win the right way,” Wong said. “I liked the chemistry some of the guys are forming. Scoring seven goals in back to back games is a huge plus.”

He also said everyone was excited to get back on the ice and get in the hockey routine again.

“It was good to play games and get back on the ice, and good to get the ice bags on some bruises and all that, we’ve missed all that.”

The Cubs play their final pre-season game Friday at 7 p.m. against the Coaldale Copperheads at Redcliff Arena.

The regular season gets underway Saturday with the Cubs face the Lomond Lakers again at 7:30 p.m. at Vulcan arena.

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