Firebirds lose last home game of the season to Bismarck JV, 9-0

Chuck Wickenhofer
Though the Firebirds have shown a great deal of improvement this year, the team was held scoreless in their last home game of the season.

By Chuck Wickenhofer

Journal Reporter

On a night in which the Devils Lake girls hockey team struggled on offense for the second straight game, the Firebirds were held scoreless by the Bismarck JV Demons, 9-0.

The Firebirds spent most of the evening defending their zone, as they were unable to mount a consistent offensive attack. Though they suffered their second shutout in as many games, the team travels to play a Jamestown squad that they defeated earlier in the season for their lone win, 7-1.

Despite the struggle to score, Firebirds head coach Rob McIvor noted the improvements the team has made over last season.

"They've been substantial. We've been considerably more competitive overall. The girls are working hard, and we're making plays and learning. The last game we made a lot of mental mistakes, but we cleaned some of those up today," McIvor said.

McIvor also talked about the team's future.

"I'm trying to get more interest in girls starting hockey. There's a couple of (team) mothers that started a program which is just little kids coming out to try hockey. I saw at least 15-20 kids out there every time, so that's a good starting point."

The Firebirds finish their season at Jamestown at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.