The Pincher Creek/Crowsnest Pass Midget Huskies began a three game stand against the Okotoks Oilers with a 10-2 win at home on Saturday evening, January 16. Huskies #14 Levi Anderson earned a hat trick (plus 1) game. The Huskies are guaranteed a berth at the 2016 Midget "D" Provincial Hockey Championships, to be held in Provost from March 10 to 13.
Saturday's game against the Oilers was a rough one, with a total of 25 penalties handed out, including 4 10-minute game misconducts. The Huskies outshot the Oilers 57 to 33.
Huskies goalie #33 Jeremy Kretz stopped 31 of 33 shots aimed his way. Okotoks goalie #31 Kyle Schneider stopped 27 of 31 attempts, and Okotoks goalie #1 Connor McCarroll stopped 20 of 26 attempts.
The Huskies outscored the Oilers 3-1 in the first period, and were ahead 3-0 until the 4:44 mark. Scoring for the Huskies in the first period were #21 Sam Gerrand unassisted on a power play, #15 Levi Anderson and #9 Nic Jordan. Huskies picking up assists were Eligh Big Bull (2), Ethan Richards. Scoring a shorthanded goal for the Oilers near the end of the first period #12 Christopher Showalter, assisted by Chase LaForge. Each team served 8 minutes of penalties in the first.
The Huskies outscored the Oilers 5-1 in the second period. Levi Anderson scored 3 times for the Huskies in the second, one of those unassisted and another on a powerplay. Other Huskies scorers were #20 Kieran Douglas and #23 Craig Marshall. Also picking up assists for the Huskies were Eligh Big Bull, Colin Lincez, Sam Gerrand, and Nic Jordan. Scoring for the Oilers was #7 Kyle Hartle, unassisted. Lots of penalties this period, with a total of 16 minutes assessed to the Huskies and 20 minutes to the Oilers.
The Huskies scored the only two goals of the final period, the first one a powerplay from #23 Craig Marshall, assisted by Chase Snider. The last goal of the game was from #12 Colin Lincez, also on a powerplay, assisted by Levi Anderson and Chase Snider. A whopping 29 penalty minutes for the Oilers, contrasted with 8 for the Huskies.
Afterward Midget Huskies Coach Ken Goodreau said "It was a rough game. We came out and we got a lead on them, and I don't think this shows what Okotoks is all about. I would play them no differently next time, because I believe Okotoks can beat us. It is a tough, tight league, and our kids are starting to realize we have got to play hockey to beat these teams, and that's what they are doing."
"This was a rough game. they are leading the league in penalty minutes, and I think we're second." Goodreau said there are nine teams in the league. " We're in third, right now."
The Huskies have played 15 games in the regular season and currently stand at 9 wins, five losses, and one tie. The team will play two games in Okotoks next weekend.
"Everbody's in play-downs for Zones right now," said Goodreau. We are the Zone 5 Champions, because everyone in our division pulled out at the last minute, so by acclamation we are the Zone 5 champs. It's not that there was nobody to play, there is three other teams in the league. I credit the boys for playing the style of hockey and how they are playing this year that nobody wanted to play us, because they know they can't beat the strong, hardworking team that we are. That's why they moved divisions, and that's why we are getting to go to Provincials without playing a playoff game. We are looking forward to it."