Ex-Moosehead minus one in first MHL game
NEW GLASGOW – Although Trey Lewis hadn’t played a junior hockey game since early October, there was little indication during his first game with the Miramichi Timberwolves Thursday against the Weeks Crushers.
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Trey Lewis played his first game with the Miramichi Timberwolves Thursday night against the Weeks Crushers.
Lewis was minus one in the Timberwolves 2-1 shootout victory as he was unable to keep a Garrett Holmes pass from successfully getting to David Stephens on the Crushers lone goal of the game. He said his first game back, after being cut by the Halifax Mooseheads last week, was a success otherwise.
“The first was a little bit of me getting back into it and I felt a little tired, but come the second and third I think I got used to it and felt better for sure,” he said.
He logged most of his 20 plus minutes of ice time in five-on-five situations, although he did make it out on the penalty kill and power play as the game progressed. He missed the entire first power play with skate trouble.
“I was getting my skates done because they weren’t sharp enough, but I got in a little bit more after that,” he said. “We went over it in practice so it’s just a matter of coming around and clicking together.”
The former Halifax Mooseheads captain and defenceman was dropped because the QMJHL squad had to cut the number of 20-year-olds on their roster from four to three. After tearing his labrum earlier this season, Halifax wasn’t willing to take a risk in his health.
The only way the injury will improve is surgery, which would end his season. He has decided he wants to play with the injury until he has no choice but to get the surgery. Thursday night he said he felt fine physically.
He added that the adjustment to the Timberwolves midway through the season was smooth as well because it’s familiar to him.
“My 'D' partner (Tyrone Sock) I’ve known since I was four-years-old, so it’s definitely easy to adjust,” he said. “After getting cut from Halifax it’s great to come here where I see so many familiar faces for sure.
“Every summer I’d spend my summer with these guys, so it’s definitely a comfort factor coming here.”
There was little time on ice with his teammates this week, so the coaching staff told him to keep things simple in his first game and not try to do too much.
“They just wanted me to play solid defensively and jump up (in the play) when I had chances and I just tried to do that,” said Lewis. “I think I want to bring everything I can to the team and help us win. We want to go far in playoffs and my game is just to play solid defensively and jump up when I can so I’m just trying to stick to that.
“I’m glad the guys got the win here in my first game, so I’m happy for us.”