So far, so good for the defending NPHL champions.
Sam Bosek’s goal in a shootout proved to be the game-winner as the Grande Prairie Athletics moved to 2-0 with a 3-2 win at Grimshaw Thursday night.
Bosek was GP’s fifth shooter and broke a 1-1 tie. Earlier, Lyndin Himer-Lewis scored for GP and Brendan Hawryluk for GRIM.
GP never trailed in the contest. Tanner Labbe gave GP a 1-0 first period lead before Chris Lanouette’s power play goal with 5:50 left in the period gave the visitors a 2-0 lead.
Davis Rose put GRIM on the scoreboard in the second period which was the only goal of the frame.
In the third, Christian Kenny tied the game on a power play with 7:47 left to send the game to overtime, which solved nothing, and the teams headed to the shootout.
The win was GP’s eighth in nine trips to GRIM and avenged last year’s 7-6 OT loss. Six of the last seven games have been decided by three goals or less.
Athletics 3 at Huskies 2 [SO]
Thursday, Nov. 7
1. GP, Tanner Labbe 2 (Lyndin Himer-Lewis, Braden Crone) 9:30
2. GP, Chris Lanouette 1 (Parker Sharp, Riley Boomgaarden) 14:10 (pp)
Penalties: Marc-Antoine Wiens GP and Hunter Millar GH (roughing) 7:08, Spencer Ross GH (slashing) 12:20, Marc-Antoine Wiens GP (cross-checking) and Chris Lanouette GP (misconduct, game misconduct) and Brendan Szmata GH (misconduct) 14:54, Riley Jebb GP (cross-checking) 15:00, Lowen Lambert GH (holding) 15:04, Huskies’ bench minor (too man men) 19:28.
3. GH, Davis Rose 1 (Colter Wiebe) 11:47
Penalties: Riley Boomgaarden GP (roughing) 4:22, Ty Wiebe GH (tripping) 4:37, Paul Larocque GP and Tanner Labbe GP and Cole Diewert GH (roughing) 7:22, Brendan Hawryluk GH (holding) 8:30, Cory Houlder GH (tripping, served by Lowen Lambert) 18:45.
4. GH, Christian Kenny 1 (Spencer Ross, Bond Hawryluk) 12:13 (pp)
Penalties: Marc –Antoine Wiens GP (kneeing) 5:21, Sheldon Szmata GH (unsportsmanlike) 7:09, Kelvin Neustaeter GP (boarding major, game misconduct) 11:28.
Shootout: GP wins 2-1
1. Lyndin Himer-Lewis – goal.
2. Braden Crone – no goal.
3. Calvin Sanders – no goal.
4. Tanner Labbe – no goal.
5. Sam Bosek – goal.
1. Colter Wiebe – no goal.
2. Romono Carifelle – no goal.
3. Ty Wiebe – no goal.
4. Bond Hawryluk – no goal.
5. Brendan Hawryluk – goal.
Shots on goal:
Grande Prairie 15 10 9 2 -36
Grimshaw 9 11 7 3 -30 Goaltenders: Athletics, Kiefer Smiley; Huskies, Cory Houlder.
Power Plays: GP 1-7; GRIM 1-6.
Penalties in Minutes: GP 49; GRIM 28.