Huskies tamed, Pirates next on list

Grimshaw Huskies’ defenceman Kevin Monfette, right, keeps a close watch on High Prairie’s Lloyd AhKimNachie during the final game of their series Feb. 8. The Huskies could have used a little more checking as they were outgunned in the highest scoring series between the clubs in playoff history.

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

Some late heroics and an offence firing on all cylinders have vaulted the High Prairie Regals into the NPHL’s East Division final.

The Regals disposed of the Grimshaw Huskies in five games in their best-of-seven series last week after consecutive wins.

But it wasn’t easy.

The Regals won in overtime in Game 4 at Grimshaw Feb. 6. After building a big 5-1 second period lead, the Regals went to sleep and allowed the Huskies to rally and lead the game in the final minute 7-6.

However, Mitch Price’s power play goal with five seconds left staged the way for Jacob Anderson’s overtime goal at 1:59 giving the Regals a chance to clinch the series on home ice.

Anderson’s overtime thriller was his second goal of the night to go along with two assists. Gordy Laderoute scored the hat trick and added three assists for a six-point night. Damian Cardinal and Junior Anderson added the other goals.

Josh Peters and Kevin Monfette each scored twice for the Huskies while Corson Fairless, Brandon Bogdanek and Logan Putio added the others. Peters and Putio scored shorthanded goals in the third period to close the gap to 6-5 before Peters and Monfette scored power play goals to give the Huskies the lead.

Meanwhile, the Regals also excelled on the power play. Cardinal, Laderoute and Price all scored power play goals.

The final game of the series was similar to the previous game in that the Regals built a 7-3 second period lead, and scored early in the third to lead 8-3, then fell asleep again as the Huskies rallied back to close the gap to 8-6.

Jacob Anderson recorded the hat trick to lead the Regals while Price added a pair. Lloyd AkKim Nachie, Laderoute, Cardinal and Hector Lamouche added singles.

Putio and Clint Reid each scored twice for the Huskies. Peters, Fairless and Monfette added the others.

The Regals get a much-needed week off to prepare for the Pirates. The club completed a stretch where they played eight games in 15 days and can no doubt use some rest.

The first game of the series is Feb. 15 at Falher, with the second game back in High Prairie Feb. 17. Game time is 8:30 p.m.


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