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HUSKIES OUT Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice
A disappointing inaugural season ended Saturday evening, February 23 with a fourth straight loss to Nanton's Palominos in the first round of the Ranchland Hockey League playoffs.
The Huskies were blanked 9-0 and 5-0 in the first two games of the series, lost 5-3 away at Nanton on February 22, and were blanked once more at home 9-0 in the final game of the series..... READ MORE
The Huskies are in a little bit after two games with the regular season champions Palaminos. Game one was in the Nanton the team could not generate any offence and was hammered 9-0 in Nanton. Game tow was in Pincher and the team hoping for a better offensive night and come out with a win, but that was not the case in game two. The defense was better but the depth of the Palaminos was tough and the Huskies dropped game two 5-0. The team will have a practice this week and work on a few things and get ready for game 3 in Nanton next Friday with game 4 being Feb 23rd in Pincher Creek.
Playoff time for the RHL
Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice
The final games of the regular Ranchland Hockey League season were concluded on Saturday, February 9.
The Lomond Lakers defeated the Nanton Palominos 8-4 at the Nanton rink. Cam Hurt scored 4 goals for the Lakers and Brandon Egger got a hat-trick for Nanton. The Fort Macleod Mustangs defeated Pincher Creek 5-3 at the MCC arena in Pincher Creek.
January RHL Players of the Month went to Josh Weist of Lomond and goaltender Mike Kraneveldt from Nanton.
The Nanton Palominos won the 2012/13 regular season title.
The big story of the weekend was Hockey Day in Canada. Nanton and Pincher Creek represented the RHL in their hometowns with tons of great events for the younger players. We'll post a full report about the Pincher Creek events shortly.
Fort Macleod faces Lomond and Pincher Creek faces Nanton for two best-of-7 series to decide who will play in the final championship games. Stay tuned for dates/times/locations.
Heartbreak for Senior Huskies as double-overtime game against Fort Macleod goes to a shootout
Sr. Huskies vs Fort Macleod Mustangs
T. Lucas photos and video Toni Lucas and Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice
Pincher Creek's Senior RHL Huskies are still looking for their first win after hosting the Fort Macleod Mustangs on Saturday evening, November 17. A large crowd turned out for the game, and it was made obvious that the Huskies have plenty of hometown support. In fact, that's one way the Huskies are ahead of the other three teams in the RHL. An average of 210 people attended each of their last two home games, 45 more per game than their closest competitor for fans, Fort Macleod.
The Huskies scored first, when at the 15:17 mark in the first period #15 Mason Bond got one in, assisted by #7 Taylor Elliot and #19 Hayden Shackel. Both teams were firing on all cylinders. At the 11:05 mark Mustangs #16 Tyler Koyata tied it up 1-1, assisted by #11 Greg Schimanski. With 5:06 left in the period Huskies #13 Devon Stultz scored, assisted by #5 Joey Gibboney and Captain #24 Dan Bikman. The period closed out with the Huskies ahead 2-1.
The second period featured lots of back and forth action, and the hard hitting we've come to expect from RHL games, but neither team managed to capitalize on opportunities enough to score.
Taylor Elliott scored for the Huskies at the 14:38 mark of the third period, assisted by Dan Bikman, bringing the score to 3-1. Then at the 9:26 mark Koyata scored again for the Mustangs, assisted this time by Schimanski and #2 Justin Donahue. 3-2. The game looked to be in the bag for the Mustangs when Schimanski scored with only 11.5 seconds remaining on the clock, assisted by #27 Leo Lacourciere and #7 Kent Broere, tying it 3-3, and forcing the game into overtime.
Two overtime periods later the score remained tied at 3-3 and it was time for a good old fashioned shootout. The Mustangs won the shootout by 2 goals to 1, and one of those goals seemed pretty questionable to the hometown fans, but it sufficed to give the game to Fort Macleod.
An undeniable thriller, and it was evident that the Huskies are really starting to gel as a team. That first win seems to be elusive for them. To be oh so very close! This loss had a sting to it.
Huskies Taylor Elliott is currently the overall top Rookie Leader of the Ranchland Hockey League, with 4 goals and 5 assists for 9 points in 4 games played.