Tuesday, January 24, 2012


The Millionaires trailed 2-0 late in the second period in Battleford, but scored three times in 3:46 to lead 3-2 before the middle period was done.

Ian McNulty got the first two quick ones, and TJ Reeve scored the go-ahead goal with 7.6 seconds left in the frame.

Blake Tatchell tied it in the third, and Brody Luhning scored the winner just 11 seconds into overtime.

A scary moment for the Mils occured early in the third period, when Lucas Froese got tied up with the linesman in the neutral zone, and hit the ice face-first. It was right below the broadcast booth, and I had a good view of something I wished I didn't have a good view of, right below the broadcast booth. I could see his eyes were closed, and blood started rushing from his nose.

Training staff and paramedics got Lucas onto a stretcher and they wheeled him off, and got him to the hospital.

Initial indications were a broken nose, and possible concussion... but Trainer Dave Melnychuk just got back from the hospital, with Froese, and it turns out it isn't broken, his face is just really sore. Doctor said he can't play for at least a week.

Connor Bradshaw also got hit in the head, left the game and didn't return. His injury appears a lot less serious than orginially thought, and it sounds like there's a good chance he could even play Wednesday in Kindersley.

With the single point, and a Yorkton loss (4-1) to Nipawin, the Mils are now tied for 3rd with Estevan with 4 games in hand, and 3 back of Yorkton for 2nd with 3 in hand.

Mils @ Klippers tonight (WED)... 7:20 Pre Game Show.


Anonymous said...

Hopefully Froese isn't out too long. He's already missed a ton of time this season, He's also been player very well lately!

Matthew S. said...

Craig what do you mean Mills had to dig deep. Some coaches play 3 lines most of the game, especially in playoffs. Against Klippers should of been a cake walk.

Craig Stein said...

Sorry you're right... Playing with 3 lines is easy and winning by 3 goals isn't nearly enough.

Anonymous said...

You have to remember that the 3 forwards that were out with injury for Melville last night were all top 6 forwards, not the 4th line that would be sitting in a play off game.

Craig Stein said...