Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Teddy Bear Toss and RHL Huskies loss at MCC arena

Huskies gather up the Teddy bears last Saturday night
Joey Jackson photos and video
Joey Jackson

Pincher Creek's RHL Huskies hosted Fort Macleod's Mustangs at the MCC arena on Saturday evening December 13.  After the Huskies scored their first goal of the game everyone in the arena was instructed to toss the teddy bear they either brought from home or the ones that were donated by Shaw onto the ice, to be donated the Pincher Creek Food Bank. Arena volunteers said there were over 100 teddy bears thrown onto the ice.

Attendance for the Huskies continues to be the envy of the RHL, with at least 220 at this game.

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The Huskies also honoured former player Taylor Elliott, who passed away in December 2013, by raising a banner with his name and number into the rafters before the game began.

The Mustangs were ahead 2-0 at the end of the first after goals from Cody Berube and Willy David.  Assists went to Greg Schimanksi, Zach Kottke, and Berube.  Kevin Olson scored the Huskies' first goal of the game at 2:10 into the second period, assisted by Blair Goodreau and Kievan Weasel Bear, and that resulted in the flurry of bears thrown onto the ice.  Mustangs Captain Tyce Gallamore responded with two goals in the second, with assists going to Schimanski and Jadon Porterfield. The second of those was shorthanded goal and ultimately the game winner. An unassisted goal by Cody Berube near the halfway point of the third put the Mustangs ahead 5-1.

I believe I can fly...
Blair Goodreau and Kievan Weasel Bear scored for the Huskies late in the third to try for a comeback win but came up just shy when they couldn't score with their goalie pulled with only 1:31 left in the game. A 5-3 win for the Mustangs.  Pincher played well all around, getting some amazing saves out of Braeden Claringbull,  and making Fort Macleod fight for every shot on net.

Huskies goalie Braeden Claringbull
Penalties were minimal by RHL standards, with the Mustangs serving a total of 10 minutes for 5 infractions and the Huskies serving 16 minutes for 8 infractions.

The Huskies were hoping to return home to a win after a tough 7-4 loss to Kainai last weekend, but failure to capitalize on key chances pulled them just short of tying it late it the third. They look to make good on these chances in their next game, also against the Mustangs but this time at the Fort Macleod rink, next Saturday evening, December 20.  They'll begin 2015 back home at the MCC on Saturday evening January 3 vs Kainai.

Blair Goodreau

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