The home team holds serve

Grimshaw Huskies’ player Brandon Bogdanek [#21] prepares for a shot on High Prairie goaltender Sandford Lamouche during the third game of their series Feb. 3. Defending are Eli Cunningham, left, and Steven Thunder, right.

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

It is said that a playoff series never starts until the road team wins a game.

Well, the Grimshaw Huskies and High Prairie Regals haven’t accomplished the feat but it hasn’t been from lack of trying.

The Regals hold a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven NPHL Quarter-Final after play last week when the home team claimed victories in all three games. After a 9-3 blowout win in the opener on home ice on Jan. 30, the Regals lost 7-5 at Grimshaw on Feb. 2, then returned home to roar back from a 5-2 second period deficit to win 7-6.

The Huskies were in Game 1 as they trailed 2-1 and 3-2 in the second period, but the Regals eventually took control by scoring six of the game’s last seven goals.

Travis Cunningham, James Tallman and Dakota Conroy each scored twice for the Regals while Lloyd AhKimNahcie, Jay Anderson and Hector Lamouche added the others.

Kevin Monfette, Curtis Backer and Logan Putio replied for the Huskies.

In Game 2, the Regals fell behind in Grimshaw 3-0 in the first period but battled back to tie the game before the end of the period. The Huskies led 4-3 before the Regals tied it 4-4, but two more goals were enough for the Huskies, who added an empty-net goal with 58 seconds left.

Josh Peters and Corson Fairless each scored twice for the Huskies. Ty Wiebe, Monfette and Putio added the others.

Al Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Isaiah Letendre, Brandon McNabb and Junior Anderson replied for the Regals.

The third game looked bleak for the Regals as they trailed 5-3 in the second period before rallying. The Regals led 2-1 after one period but saw the Huskies rattle off four straight goals in the second. The Regals trailed 5-3 after two periods.

However, the Regals tied the game as they exploded for three goals in 2:15 seconds to take a 6-5 lead.

However, after Fairless’ power play goal, Conroy added a power play marker of his own and the Regals held on for the win.

Jacob Anderson and Mitch Price each scored twice for the Regals. AhKimNachie, Conroy and Eli Cunningham added the others.

Bond Hawryluk, Fairless, Brandon Bogdanek, Backer, Colter Wiebe and Carson Ewing relied for the Huskies.

The win continued an odd trend in the series. The team with the most shots on goal in the contest – the road team – has lost all three games.

 

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