Goaltending, Scoring Bolstered by Latest Round of Signings

by Jared Tennant

The Mentor Ice Breakers have signed forwards Taylor Traenkle and Kristers Bormanis as well as goaltenders Lane Timmons and Will McEwen. Bormanis has been signed to a standard player contract while Traenkle, Timmons and McEwen will join the club on PTO contracts.

Traenkle, 23, should fit right in with what is shaping up to be a much-improved Ice Breakers offense. The New York native played five seasons at SUNY-Cortland (ACHA), totaling 79 points (38-41-79) in over 100 career games. Traenkle was the Red Dragons’ leading scorer during the 2018-19 campaign, netting 11 goals while dishing out 12 assists for 23 points.

Meanwhile, Bormanis brings a wealth of professional experience having played in various pro leagues across Latvia, Iceland, Ukraine and England. He suited up for four different FPHL clubs a season ago, compiling 29 points (6-23-29) in 39 games.

“Kristers is a big addition for us,” said Ice Breakers Head Coach Sebastian Ragno. “We tried to bring him in at the end of last season, but it didn’t quite work the way we wanted. He will fill in alongside his former teammates Josh Newberg.

“I think we really lacked on offense toward the middle of last season,” Ragno continued. “Simply put, you can’t win if you don’t score. Guys like Kristers and Taylor are going to fix that issue. We have a lot of firepower coming in.”

Timmons and McEwen will both have the opportunity to battle for a roster spot this October. Timmons is only 20 years old but brings a massive 6-foot-6, 273-pound frame to the table. The Illinois product dominated with the Niagara Whalers (GMHL) last season, posting a 2.48 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in a featured role.

McEwen saw success with several different junior teams between 2017-2019 before moving on to Northland College at the NCAA DIII level. In 2018, he logged a 2.39/.922 over eight appearances with the Colorado Eagles (WSHL).

“Right now, Jake Mullen is our guy,” Ragno said. “Unfortunately, he can’t play every game. We are going to have an interesting battle to see who his partner will be. We have goalies from multiple backgrounds with good resumes coming to Mentor. As a former goaltender, I’m excited.”

The Ice Breakers are set to return for their third season of play this October. To sign up for the team’s official mailing list and be notified when season ticket details for the upcoming year are released, click here.