Brendan Hawryluk scored twice, including the game-winner in the first period, as the Grimshaw Huskies opened their season with a 5-1 home ice win over the Manning Comets.
The Huskies’ win avenged a 6-5 home ice loss to the Comets last season as the clubs met for the second straight year in Grimshaw to open their season.
Bond Hawryluk, Lowen Lambert and Colter Wiebe added the other goals for the Huskies, who outshot the Comets 48-25.
The Huskies led 2-0 after one period on goals from the Hawryluk twins, and 5-1 after two periods. They never trailed in the game and led 3-0 before the Comets scored.
The third period was scoreless.
The Comets received their lone goal from Josh Rutherford.
Braden Gamble took the loss despite making 43 saves on 48 shots.
David Gingera recorded the win stopping 24 of 25 shots.
The Comets spent much of the night in the sin bin taking 74 minutes in penalties compared to Grimshaw’s 26. The power play chances did not reflect the minutes however; the Comets were whistled for four misconducts and two game misconducts to account for 60 of their 74 minutes.
The Huskies have now split their last four games at home versus the Comets, who have still won nine of their last 13 games in Grimshaw since 2013.
Comets 2 at Huskies 5
Friday, Nov. 2
1. GH, Bond Hawryluk 1 (unassisted) 1:39
2. GH, Brendan Hawryluk 1 (Corson Fairless) 19:44 (pp)
Penalties: Tyler Dillman MAN (boarding) 10:13, Brett Nicklason MAN and Hunter Miller GH (cross-checking) 15:18 and Matt Flette GH (misconduct) 15:18, Corson Fairless GH (delay of game) 16:00, Lowen Lambert GH (slew foot double minor) 16:50.
3. GH, Colter Wiebe 1 (Ty Wiebe, Sheldon Szmata) 4:21
4. MAN, Josh Rutherford 1 (Thomas Dechant, Dave Lawrence) 9:06
5. GH, Brendan Hawryluk 2 (Kale Helgeson, Bond Hawryluk) 11:40
6. Lowen Lambert 1 (Raymond Carifelle) 18:52
Penalties: Logan Putio GH (illegal equipment) 1:31, Trevor Mortson MAN (hooking) 6:36, Brett Nicklason MAN (high-sticking) 15:34, Tyler Dillman MAN (slashing, misconduct) 16:14, Kurt Konopelka GH (elbowing) 19:20.
Penalties: Josh Rutherford MAN (cross-checking double minor) 9:31, Bo Asmussen MAN (double misconduct, game misconduct) and Davis Rose GH (roughing) 16:26, Tyler Dillman MAN (misconduct, game misconduct) 17:54, Sheldon Szmata GH (tripping) 18:41.
Shots on goal:
Manning 7 10 8 -25 Grimshaw 19 18 11 -48
Goaltenders: Comets, Braden Gamble; Huskies, David Gingera.
Power Plays: MAN 0-7; GH 1-6.
Penalties in Minutes: MAN 74; GH 26.
NPHL.com’s note: Two Manning players, Bo Asmussen and Tyler Dillman, received two misconducts in this game. I believe that triggers an automatic game misconduct. That penalty has been included in this writeup and gamesheet. I will double check the ruling and adjust the stats if it is in error.