Weekend Wrap-Up: Nov 9 - Nov 10
Dallas Snipers (7-8-1, 2nd in Midwest Division) @ Dallas Ice Jets (14-0-0, 1st in Midwest Division)
Two-game series in Grapevine, Texas
The top two teams in the Midwest Division faced off against one another over the weekend, as the Dallas Snipers made the short trip to Grapevine for a pair of games against the perfect Dallas Ice Jets.
These two teams met just a couple of weeks back in a quick home-and-home series and although the Snipers have come a long way in their second season in the league, the Ice Jets proved they are still the team to beat.
This past weekend was more of the same, as the Ice Jets thoroughly dominated the Snipers, outscoring the visitors 16-0 over the two games and remaining perfect on the season.
Both teams took a ton of penalties on Friday night but the Ice Jets converted on 3 of their 22 (not a typo) power play chances in an 11-0 blowout.
Forward Connor Enciso collected four assists in the win, while goaltender Brody Sharp picked up the shutout in net.
Game two was much closer and the two teams were actually scoreless through 40 minutes of play, before the Ice Jets offense awoke to score five times in the third period.
Five different players scored in that period, as the jets continue to display their tremendous depth and Michael Baldwin stopped all 26 shots he faced, picking up the shutout win in net.
After playing the Ice Jets relatively close a few weeks back, the Snipers struggled to compete over the two games this past weekend.
It’s one thing to lose but to not even get on the board is a problem and I’m sure head coach Travis Clayton is not happy about it.
This is still a team that is much improved and I’m sure they will figure things out but they will need to get back to winning this weekend in New Mexico, especially with the Brahmas heating up.
The Ice Jets’ two wins, combined with an Idaho loss, leaves Paul Taylor’s crew as one of only two undefeated teams left, along with the Fresno Monsters.
The amazing thing about the Ice Jets, is that even in blowout victories, the scoring is evenly distributed throughout their lineup.
You’ll see good teams get blowout wins but usually the same names repeat over and over on the scoresheet but that is not the case with the Ice Jets, as different players step up each game.
I tried to find something to talk about that they can work on but I’ve got nothing and it’s not like they played a bottom-dweller either.
Story by Brent Maranto does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Dallas Snipers or the Western States Hockey League