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2020 Winter Metro: Week #2

By Cullen Baines, 01/13/20, 3:30PM EST


Week #2 Of Winter Metro

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Week #1 of the 2020 Winter Metro Season is now complete. Which means it's time to move onto Week #2! As we are working to upload the remainder of the winter schedule, we've included the events for Week #2 in every age division below:

6U Mites

Team Practice: Wednesday, January 15th

5:55 to 6:40 PM: All Teams

Game Night: Friday, January 17th

6:15 to 7:00 PM: All Teams


8U Mites

Team Practice: Wednesday, January 15th

5:50 to 6:50 PM: All Teams

Game Night: Friday, January 17th

6:00 to 7:00 PM: All Teams

*As we move forward in our Mini-Checkers Winter Season, we will be enforcing a strict no tolerance policy. If a player's behavior is inadequate, they will receive one fair warning. If that player continues said behavior, they will be removed from the ice. It is our job to make sure everyone enjoys their hockey experience at the Extreme Ice Center*


10U Metro

Team Practices: Monday, January 13th

5:40 to 6:40 PM: Growlers, Komets, and Steelheads (Main Rink)

6:20 to 7:20 PM: Grizzlies, Mavericks, and Solar Bears (Training Rink)

Game Day: Wednesday, January 15th

6:50 to 7:50 PM: Steelheads at Grizzlies (Main Rink) *Full Ice*

7:00 to 8:00 PM: Growlers at Mavericks (Training Rink) *Half Ice*

7:00 to 8:00 PM: Comets at Solar Bears (Training Rink) *Half Ice*


10U Half-Ice Observations

We were pleased with the first half-ice experience for our 10U age division this past Saturday. The play on the puck was more consistent and players received more puck touches as a result. We do recognize that there are some elements that need improvement. As we move along with the Winter 2020 season, we will consistently evaluate the half-ice game format and find ways to make it better. Our goal is to capture data as we move along so we can actually see if half-ice hockey is indeed producing the outcomes we are working towards. In the meantime, here are some immediate updates we will make to the 10U half-ice games:


Each half-ice game will have one scorekeeper that will keep stats and update the score on a flip scoreboard for spectators to see.

Line Changes

We will work with our coaches to streamline line changes as we move ahead. Depending on where the puck is on the ice on a line change:

  • The defending team will take possession of the puck and regroup behind their net.
  • The attacking team will stand in the center area of the zone and wait for the defensive team to regroup before forechecking.

This should provide some more fluidity to the line change process and see more activity and less transition time.


Moving forward, a player serving a penalty will return to the bench instead of standing in the penalty box. That player will miss the remainder of their current shift thus creating a man advantage opportunity. That penalty will carry over through the following shift as well, so a team will play a man down for the minimum of one 90 second shift. Should a team be assessed two penalties concurrently, that team will play 3 on 5.

12U Metro

Team Practice: Monday, January 13th

6:50 to 7:50 PM: All Teams


18U Metro

Team Practices: Monday, January 13th

7:30 to 8:30 PM: Flames and Sabres (Training Rink)

8:00 to 9:00 PM: Blackhawks and Lady Rush (Main Rink)

8:40 to 9:40 PM: Golden Seals and North Stars

Game Day: Wednesday, January 15th

8:00 to 9:00 PM: Blackhawks at Sabres

8:10 to 9:10 PM: Flames at Lady Rush

9:10 to 10:10 PM: Golden Seals at North Stars

This weekend will be a pre-scheduled black out date due to a MyHockey Tournament so there will be no Saturday ice times. We will pick things back up on Monday January 20th.  

Please let me know if you have any questions as we move ahead. I look forward to seeing most of our teams back on the ice for practice this evening.

See you on the ice!