Regals face near impossible task

High Prairie’s Austin Mood-Flagg receives some rough treatment in front of the Falher Pirates’ net during the second game of their NPHL East Division Semi-Final series Feb. 7 in High Prairie. Defending on the play is Rocky Colins. Chad Rycroft is tending goal for Falher. The Pirates lead the series 3-0.

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

So far, the result was easily predictable.

The Falher Pirates have smoked the High Prairie Regals in the first three games of their NPHL East Division Semi-Final by outscoring them 30-10.

The Pirates won 16-4 on home ice Feb. 5, 7-2 in High Prairie Feb. 7, and 7-4 back on home ice Feb. 9. At least the Regals are getting closer, losing first by 12 goals, then five and now three.

Total dominance comes to mind when describing the series so far. The Pirates have outscored the Regals 30-10 and outshot them 141-80, an average of more than 20 shots per game. The Regals shave not held the lead for a single second in the series.

In the regular season, the Pirates swept the Regals six straight games and outscored them 59-18.

In the opener, the Pirates released an avalanche of goals. Pat Rowan led the way with four goals while Jeff Chalifoux scored a third period natural hat trick.

Trevor Mazurek added a pair while Kevin Monfette, Matts Maisonneuve, Neil Maisonneuve, Dallas Brochu, Dan Aubin, Marco St.-Pierre, Dakota Mason each added one goal.

Seven Pirates recorded three assists including Darren Kramer, Dallas Brochu, Brian Sommers, Mazurek, Monfette, Rollie Gladue and Darren Brochu.

The Pirates led 3-0 after one period and 8-3 after two before adding eight third period goals to add salt to the wounds of the visitors.

Jacob Anderson scored a pair of power play goals for the Regals while Nelson Anderson added a power play goal and Hector Lamouche a shorthanded goal. All Regals’ goals were scored on special teams.

The Pirates were no slouch themselves scoring four power play goals on five chances with Chalifoux netting a pair and Monfette and St.-Pierre scoring the others. Rowan added a shorthanded goal for good measure.

Matt MacMinn was pulled after the fifth goal and replaced by Kent Ryan, but he fared no better surrendering 11 goals.

The Pirates outshot the Regals 58-27.

In High Prairie two nights later, it was the same story. Dallas Brochu scored twice and the Pirates outshot the Regals 40-22 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

The Pirates never trailed, leading 1-0 after one period and 3-1 after two periods before scoring four third period goals.

Rowan, the playoff’s leading scorer, scored once and added two assists. Sommers, Mason, Aubin and Kramer added the other goals. Mazurek added three assists, but missed a penalty shot in the first period. It was about the only thing that has gone wrong for the Pirates in the first two games.

Ira Gladue’s first period goal and Jamie MacMinn’s power play goal with 13 seconds left was all the offence the Regals could muster.

In Game 3, the Pirates led 4-1 after one period and 7-1 after two before the Regals made it close with three straight goals in the third period.

Kramer scored twice, including one on the power play, as did Dallas Brochu. Mason added one goal and three assists, Sommers and Mazurek one goal and two assists each.

Ira Gladue scored a first period power play goal for the Regals. Brandon McNabb scored twice in the third period, including one shorthanded, with Damian Cardinal adding the other.

Game 4 is in High Prairie tonight [Feb. 12].

2018-19 NPHL Playoffs

NPHL East Division Semi-Final
High Prairie Regals [4] vs Falher Pirates [1]
[Best-of-Seven]

Game 1, Tue., Feb. 5 – High Prairie 4 at Falher 16
Game 2, Thu., Feb. 7 – Falher 7 at High Prairie 2
Game 3, Sat., Feb. 9 – High Prairie 4 at Falher 7
[Falher leads series 3-0]
Game 4, Tue., Feb. 12 – Falher at High Prairie
*Game 5, Thu., Feb. 14 – High Prairie at Falher
*Game 6, Sat., Feb. 16 – Falher at High Prairie
*Game 7, Tue., Feb. 19 – High Prairie at Falher

  • if necessary
Dan Aubin scores Falher’s fifth goal of the game in the third period Feb. 7 in High Prairie. Tending goal is Matt MacMinn.

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