The tough schedule for the Parkland Rangers continued over the weekend with a pair of home games against the Winnipeg Thrashers.
Anytime you play a Winnipeg team, said assistant coach Chris Belhumeur, you know you’re in for a tough weekend.
That proved to be the case as the Thrashers scored a 6-2 win over the Rangers on Saturday and beat them, 4-3, Sunday afternoon.
Belhumeur felt the Rangers struggled in Saturday’s game.
“Saturday’s game was a little bit tough. We weren’t really in the fight. We had a lot of things we could work on,” he said.
It was a different story on Sunday as the Rangers played well and pulled to within a goal after falling behind 4-1 early in the third period.
“We were pretty happy and proud of the guys with their effort. and the compete level and just showing that, if we play the right way, we can play with some of these other teams,” he said.
The team’s play is getting more consistent, Belhumeur said, but there are times when the consistency is lacking.
“But we like what we see in most of our games. But with these kids, there’s going to be some lapses and we’re trying to just make sure that we’re focusing on playing as close to a 60-minute game as we can,” he said.
Some of the young players are still adjusting to the speed of the league.
“But overall, I think the young guys have adapted pretty well,” Belhumeur said.
The 2-10-0-0 Rangers host the 7-2-2-0 Pembina Valley Hawks, Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
“Getting back (to playing) some rural teams should be nice and, hopefully, we can get a couple of points on the board,” he said.