Lake Tahoe Blue runs into system hockey |

Lake Tahoe Blue runs into system hockey

Tribune staff report

The Lake Tahoe Blue semipro hockey team ran into a system that it hasn’t had time to develop in matches with a Medford, Ore., team last weekend at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena.

Siskiyou Summit blasted the Blue 8-4 on Friday and 11-1 Saturday, leaving Blue coach Gary Gramprie humbled but decisive on how the team can bounce back.

“Talentwise we matched up with them, but it came down to system hockey. It’s kind of hard to makeshift your team a lot every game and play against a team that plays a lot,” Gramprie said. “We’re taking a month off to regroup and have some practices. We have the talent, we just need to play as a team.”

Gramprie, Emilio Beaver, Derrik Wagner and Mark Heidt tallied goals in Friday’s loss. Wagner scored the Blue’s lone goal Saturday.

“It’s a little frustrating losing like that, but we’re gonna bounce back,” Gramprie said.

When the Blue resumes play, matchups are tentatively scheduled against Santa Rosa, Berkeley, Stockton, Los Angeles, Santa Clara and North Dakota teams.