After scoring 14 goals in 52 games as a third-line rookie winger for the Alaska Aces last season, Jordan Kremyr this season owned just one goal in his first 25 games, at that one was an empty netter.
Granted, he missed 24 games with a concussion. Granted, he plays on the third line. And, granted, he doesn't get regular power-play time.
Still, more was expected of him, and he expected more of himself than a stat line that through his first 25 games was just 1-7--8.
"I'm not here (specifically) to score, but when you don't score, it does wear down on you,'' Kremyr said.
He's turned things around in the last week, though. Kremyr opened the scoring in Friday night's 3-1 win against visiting Las Vegas, which gives him 3-1--4 totals in the last four games.
A turning point came late in a game at Utah earlier this week, when the Aces owned a 5-2 lead in the last two minutes and went on the power play. Aces coach Rob Murray gave Kremyr a rare power-play shift for a few reasons -- the Aces had the game in hand, Kremyr needed a goal to get out of his funk and he'd been working hard.
With just seven seconds left, Kremyr scored on a wrist shot that ticked off the glove of former Aces goaltender Shane Owen and into the net.
"Earlier, that shot hits the glove and goes over the net,'' Kremyr said.
Murray said a goal for a player in a scoring funk can turn the tide, and he thinks it has done so for Kremyr.
"It's got to have helped,'' Murray said.
Kremyr scored again in the following game at Utah, a 6-1 Aces win. His goal in that game came just 33 seconds after former Aces winger Kory Falite opened the scoring for Utah late in the first period. Then he scored on a backhander last night.
"As soon as you get that (first) one, the monkey's off the shoulders and everything seems to go in easier,'' Kremyr said.