Comets Enjoy Weekend Sweep After Win Over HP

Chris Clegg Writer

Matt Boyd scored twice and Josh Rutherford and Logan Newman added one goal each as the visiting Manning Comets defeated the High Prairie Regals 4-2 Saturday night.
The win evened Manning’s record at 5-5-0-0 while the Regals remained winless in 10 starts [0-8-1-1].

The win also completed a weekend sweep for Manning, who defeated Grimshaw at home the previous night 5-3.
Logan Newman scored the only goal of the first period to give the Comets the lead.
In the second period, Larry Yellowknee scored short-handed to tie the game, but Matt Boyd scored on the same power play 56 seconds later to restore Manning’s lead 2-1.
Josh Rutherford scored with 43 seconds left in the period to give the Comets a 3-1 lead.
In the third, Hector Lamouche scored to make it 3-2 and the Regals had life. When Jarod Lorencz took a tripping penalty with 1:17 left, HP was primed to tie the game.
However, Boyd scored on a breakaway short-handed just 18 seconds into the power play to seal the win.
The Comets have won all three games against the Regals this season.
The Comets halted a modest two-game losing streak in High Prairie with the win.

Comets 4 at Regals 2
Saturday, Dec. 8

First period
1. MAN, Logan Newman 2 (unassisted) 11:27
Penalties: Brian Halcrow HP (interference) 2:35, Tyler Dillman MAN (holding) 3:57, Jarod Lorencz (holding) 12:14, Matt Boyd (slashing) 17:38, Garrett Sinclair HP (slashing) 18:41.
Second period
2. HP, Larry Yellowknee 1 (Mikal Van De Ligt-Chalifoux) 13:38 (sh)
3. MAN, Matt Boyd 2 (Josh Rutherford, Michael Gillen) 14:34 (pp)
4. MAN, Josh Rutherford 10 (Payton Proskurniak) 19:12
Penalties: Brett Nicklasen MAN (slashing) and Lawrence Anderson HP (slashing, unsportsmanlike, misconduct) 12:42, Mikal Van De Ligt-Chalifoux HP (high-sticking) 13:55.
Third period
5. HP, Larry Yellowknee 1 (Kirk Ruecker, Austin Mood-Flag) 9:08
6. MAN, Matt Boyd 3 (unassisted) 19:01 (sh)
Penalties: Britt Olischefski MAN (interference) 1:45, Austin Doan HP (holding) 3:31, Mikal Van De Ligt-Chalifoux HP (slashing) 11:05, Jarod Lorencz MAN (tripping) 18:43, Larry Yellowknee HP (match penalty for slew footing) 19:32.
Shots on goal:

Manning		 9	13	 9	 -31
High Prairie 11 7 8 -26

Goaltenders: Comets, Braden Gamble; Regals, Ryan Penchuk.
Power Plays: MAN 1-6; HP 0-5.
Penalties in Minutes: MAN 12; HP 29.