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FSJ Leaves Honey Capital With 5-3 Win

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

The Fort St. John Flyers left Falher with a hard-fought 5-3 win Saturday night after rallying from early 1-0 and 2-1 deficits.
Brian Somers scored to give FAL the lead just over six minutes into the game.
However, Adam Horst’s power play goal – his first of two goals on the night – tied the game.
Dallas Brochu restored FAL’s lead with 3:51 left in the period.
In the second period, Reid Campbell tied the game with FSJ’s second PPG of the night. Before the midway portion of the period, Tanner LeSann gave FSJ the lead but less than one minute later Darron Brochu tied the game setting the stage for an exciting third period.
It was Horst’s second goal of the night at the 2:21 mark which proved to be the game-winner. Robbie Sidhu’s empty net goal with 59 seconds left sealed the win.
The game was decided on special teams. FSJ was 2-for-3 on the PP while FAL was 0-for-3.
Goaltenders were outstanding. Dyson Loewen stopped 46 of 50 shots to suffer the loss while FSJ’s Ty Gullickson stopped 37 of 40 shots to record the win.
FSJ is now 6-2 all-time in FAL and 13-3 overall in their team’s history vs FAL.
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Slow Start Not Stopping A’s

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

They say it’s not how you start but how you finish.
Never was that more true than Saturday night as the hometown Grande Prairie Athletics blitzed the Manning Comets 10-3.
MAN led 1-0 after the first period but the A’s erupted for five second period goals to take a 5-2 lead. They increased the margin to 10-2 in the third before a late power play goal in the final minute from Matt Boyd ended the scoring.
GP certainly spread the wealth around as nine different players scored. Dennis Rix potted a pair while Tanner Labbe, Morgan MacLean, Darion Fay, Braden Crone, Parker Sharp, Sam Bosek, Tyrone Kipling and Kevin Neustater added the others. Sheldon McArthur, Riley Jebb and Tyrell Mason each added three assists.
Thomas Dechant and Dave Lawrence scored the other MAN goals.
GP was 3-for-8 on the PP with Bosek, Labbe and Fay scoring the goals.
MAN has now lost 10 straight games in GP since a 6-1 win 18 years ago on Oct. 30, 2000. MAN has also not defeated GP in 16 years since an 8-7 home ice win Nov. 23, 2002.
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Canucks Remain Perfect After 5-3 Win in HP

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

Make it five straight wins to start the NPHL season for the Dawson Creek Canucks.
Matt Schmermund scored three goals while Jeff Taylor and Jason Higson added the others as DC remained perfect and the High Prairie Regals winless.
Mitch Price, Hector Lamouche and Jacob Anderson replied for HP.
Schmermund and Higson opened the scoring in the first period but Anderson and Lamouche tied the game. Taylor’s goal with 5:39 left in the period gave DC a lead they would never relinquish.
Schmermund scored his second and third goals in the second period with Price’s goal sandwiched in-between.
The game was played virtually penalty free with each team receiving only eight PIMs. Each team was also 1-for-2 on the PP with Schmermund and Lamouche netting the PP goals.
The game was played in just under two hours.
DC is now 10-3 all-time in games played in HP.
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Fort St. John at Falher Preview [Nov. 24]

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

Fort St. John at Falher [Sat., Nov. 24]
LINE: Fort St. John by 3 1/2

Analysis

It’s the first of two meetings this season and FAL returns home after the long trip to MAN the night before. I was all aboard the FAL bandwagon last week predicting them to beat GP, but they let me down. FSJ is 5-2 all-time in FAL and 12-3 overall in their team’s history. FSJ is playing a lot of new players this season while FAL is a veteran club. FSJ swept a very good FAL club last season 10-7 in FAL and 9-2 at home. This is a battle of the two teams with the worst PK percentages in the NPHL. And, FSJ is the least penalized team in the NPHL for stick fouls while FAL has the most. What stands out to me in this series is that in seven home games vs FSJ, FAL has scored only 20 goals, and seven came in one game. That’s 13 in the other six games. FSJ to win but FAL with the goals.

The Season Series

1. Sat., Nov. 24 – Fort St. John at Falher
2. Sat., Dec. 1 – Falher at Fort St. John
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Dawson Creek at High Prairie Preview [Nov. 24]

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

Dawson Creek at High Prairie [Sat., Nov. 24]
LINE: Dawson Creek by 4 1/2

Analysis

It’s the first of two meetings this season. Undefeated DC vs winless HP. The best in the West vs the least in the East. On the surface, it is a no-doubter. DC is 9-3 all-time in HP and have scored at least six goals in eight of the games. HP has scored three or less goals in seven of the games. DC had won three straight in HP before forfeiting a 7-3 win last season. Since covering the current line in three of their first four visits to HP from 1999-2001, DC has covered the current line only twice in eight games. DC to win but HP with the goals. HP also took GRIM to a shootout on Nov. 22 and appear to be improving.

The Season Series

1. Sat., Nov. 24 – Dawson Creek at High Prairie
2. Sat., Dec. 15 – High Prairie at Dawson Creek
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Manning at Grande Prairie Preview [Nov. 24]

Manning at Grande Prairie [Sat., Nov. 24]
LINE: Grande Prairie by 2 1/2

Analysis

It’s the first of two meetings this season. Here are some ugly statistics. MAN has lost nine straight games in GP since a 6-1 win 18 years ago on Oct. 30, 2000. MAN has not defeated GP in 16 years since an 8-7 home ice win Nov. 23, 2002. In home games, GP has scored at least five goals in every game while MAN has scored at least five goals only once. Since 2005, MAN has scored three or less goals in 11 of 12 games. After examining the stats, the line appears to be too low. GP to win and cover.

The Season Series

1. Sat., Nov. 24 – Manning at Grande Prairie
2. Sat., Jan. 5 – Grande Prairie at Manning
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Comets Stun Pirates 6-5 in Shootout

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

A stunning comeback highlighted the hometown Manning Comets’ upset 6-5 shootout victory over the Falher Pirates Friday, Nov. 23.
The Pirates led 3-0 after one period on goals from Jay Bouchard, Trevor Mazurek and Dallas Brochu, and 5-1 after two periods. Brian Sommers and Jay Anderson scored for the Pirates while Josh Rutherford scored the only Comets’ goal.
But the third period was a different story. Dave Lawrence scored on the power play, then Michael Gillen short-handed and the Comets were back in the game trailing 5-3.
Thomas Dechant then scored on another power play with 4:06 left to pull the Comets to within one. Josh Rutherford was awarded a penalty shot and scored to tie the game with 2:13 remaining.
The Comets were awarded another power play in overtime with Dallas Brochu sent off for tripping with 29 seconds left, but the Comets failed to capitalize and the teams headed to a shootout. Rutherford, who was Manning’s third shooter, scored and Comets’ goaltender Braden Gamble stopped four of five Pirates’ shooters to seal the win.
Overall, Gamble stopped 45 of 50 shots as the Pirates outshot the Comets 50-36.
The Pirates had won four of their last five visits to Manning the last two seasons.
The win also marked the first time in the last 12 home games that the Comets scored six goals on the Pirates.
Of note, it was the first time in 17 games this season that an NPHL team who trailed after two periods came back to win a game.
And, the battle of the NPHL’s two most penalized teams held true. The teams combined for 82 PIMs, 49 to the Pirates and 33 to the Comets.
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Huskies Steal Win From Regals in Shootout

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

This was a wild one!
Cole Diewert’s goal with 14 seconds left in the third period tied the game 8-8 and the Grimshaw Huskies went on to defeat the High Prairie Regals 9-8 in a shootout.
The Huskies led 6-2 after one period before the Regals rallied to close the gap to 7-6 after two periods.
What was anything but a defensive gem turned into one in third period as the goaltenders were phenomenal – Bud Dyck for the Huskies and Matt MacMinn for the Regals – as the teams went scoreless the first 15 minutes.
But Ira Gladue scored twice late in the period to give the Regals their only lead of the night before Diewert’s heroics.
But the fun was just getting started.
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Falher at Manning Preview [Nov. 23]

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Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

Falher at Manning [Fri., Nov. 23]
LINE: Falher by 3 1/2

Analysis

It’s the second of six meetings this season. FAL won at home 11-4 on Nov. 9. FAL won both meetings at MAN last season 5-2 and 9-4, and is 4-1 the last two seasons overall. MAN has trouble scoring at home vs FAL. In the last 11 games, MAN has not scored more than five goals, and they have scored three or less goals six times. FAL will win but this is a tricky against the line pick. FAL has covered this line only twice in MAN since 2007 – a span of 12 games. FAL to win and cover going against the stats. Of note, this game sees the NPHL’s two most penalized teams play, and the NPHL’s top two teams in stick fouls committed [minutes per game].

LAST WEEK’S RECORD STRAIGHT-UP: 3-2
LAST WEEK’S RECORD AGAINST THE LINE: 2-3
SEASON RECORD STRAIGHT-UP: 12-3
SEASON RECORD AGAINST THE LINE: 10-5

NOTE: David Temple, former NPHL linesman and avid fan, sets the lines.
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Canucks Defeat Comets in Neutral Site Game

[Reposted with correction – PP goals and chances corrected]

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

Five different Dawson Creek Canucks scored in a 5-2 victory over the Manning Comets Saturday, Nov. 17.
DC, who remained perfect with three straight wins to start the season, led 3-0 after one period. The Comets closed the gap to 3-2 in the second period before a late second period goal from Matt Schmerund restored a two-goal lead.
Jeff Taylor added a third period goal.
Manning goaltender Braden Gamble was outstanding in the net once again, stopping 48 of 53 shots.
The win gave DC a season sweep over the Comets, who already won 3-1 in MAN Nov. 10.
The game was played at a neutral site in Fairview, but counted as a DC home game. Fairview has not hosted a regular season NPHL game since Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 when Fairview defeated High Prairie 10-9 in a shootout. It will be the first regular season NPHL game in Fairview in 2,850 days.
DC is now 9-1 all-time in home games vs MAN.
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