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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Midget Huskies defeat Strathmore in first game of CAHL Playoffs, honor retiring players

2015/16 Crowsnest Pass/Pincher Creek Midget Huskies

Christian and Josh Davis

Pincher Creek's Midget Huskies hosted Strathmore's Storm at the Memorial Community Centre Arena on Saturday evening February 20 for the first of a best-of-three Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL) Midget Tier 1 first round playoff series.  After what could conservatively be called an exciting game the Huskies emerged with a 5-4 win.



To call the game was feisty would be an understatement.  Penalties were numerous, particularly for the Storm, and the RCMP were called twice to deal with unruly away attendees in the stands.  In the end no one was arrested, but 14 penalties were called on the Storm including 4 ejections, and 7 penalties were called on the Huskies including two ejections.


Coincidentally, the Huskies and the Storm also finished the regular season off with two games against each other, on February 13 and February 14 (click here for that story). The Huskies won both of those games, 5-2 and 4-2, and that probably contributed to the air of grudge match on the ice during the February 20 game.

Huskies #15 Levi Anderson had to sit this one out due to injury.


The Huskies established their lead in the first period, scoring 3 goals to just one for the Storm. Scoring for the Huskies were #11 Jesson Luco, Captain Craig Marshall, and #21 Sam Gerrand on a powerplay. Picking up assists were Ethan Richards, Tyson Goodreau, Nicholas Jordan, and Eligh Big Bull. Putting the Storm on the scoreboard with just 12 seconds left in the period was #5 Tate Barnett, assisted by Cort Armstrong and Jayden Hendricks.


The Storm turned things around in the second period, outscoring the Huskies 2-1, tying it 4-4 by the end of the period.  Scoring for the Storm were Barnett again assisted by Austin Drummond,on a powerplay and #7 Caleb Funk unassisted.  Scoring for the Huskies was #19 Ethan Richards on a powerplay assisted by Nic Jordan and Craig Marshall.

The Storm's offensive was slowed by incurring 5 penalties to 1 for the Huskies in the third, but again the teams tied for points at one each.  A shorthanded unassisted goal by the Storm's Captain #11 Reed Hickey with 4:33 remaining tied the game at 4-4.  Chinooks Captain Craig Marshall answered that with his own unassisted powerplay goal with only 2:49 remaining.  The Storm pulled their goalie, which almost resulted in another Huskies goal, but score stood at 5-4 Huskies until the final buzzer.

RETIRING MIDGET HUSKIES




After the game Pincher Creek Huskies Head Coach Kent Goodreau held an on ice recognition of 8 Huskies members who will be retiring from the team (as players) at the end of this season.


Retiring Midget Huskies:


#12 Colin Lincez
#15 Levi Anderson
#17 Eligh Big Bull
#18 Austin Kristjanson
#20 Keiran Douglas
#21 Samuel Norman Gerrand
#23 Craig Marshall
#33 Jeremy Kretz

Pincher Creek Huskies Head Coach Kent Goodreau said he still isn't seeing the 60 minutes of play he wants his tier one team to play. "We went up, what was it, two nothing, and the boys thought they had it won and let up, and let them back into the hockey game. Then we took penalties and really let them back into the game."

Coach Goodreau also commented (when asked) about how aggressive the Storm is getting as the games go on. "It got ugly out there, and I'd just like to thank the officials for buckling down in the third. It could have gotten really ugly out there. But I think all three of them did a great job." He said he doesn't worry about the way the other tier one teams play anymore. "We just go out there and play our style of hockey. And when we're playing our style of hockey we usually win."

Despite his criticisms, Goodreau said he was happy with the results of the day. "It was a good game. Both teams played well. When hockey was being played it was a good game."

Schedule:

The second game of this best of three will be hosted by Strathmore at the Standard Arena on Friday February 26, starting at 7:45 pm.  If needed the final game of the series will be held at the Pincher Creek Memorial Centre Arena the next day, Saturday February 27, starting at 1:00 pm.

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