The Grimshaw Huskies had to win to keep any hopes of placing second in the East Division alive Thursday night.
And did they ever!
GRIM blasted the visiting Manning Comets 10-3 to pull to within one point in the race for second and home ice advantage in the playoffs.
MAN has three games left, GRIM two. MAN plays at home to FSJ Jan. 25 before closing their season on the road at GRIM Feb. 1 and HP Feb. 2. GRIM is at FAL on Jan. 26 and at home vs MAN Feb. 1.
GRIM’s win also ensured they will play MAN in the playoffs, with only home ice advantage to be decided.
GRIM led 4-0 after one period and 7-1 after two. They outshot MAN 55-29 and scored three power play goals in four chances – including two in 18 seconds in the second period – while blanking MAN in four attempts.
Josh Peters, playing in his second game of the season, scored twice and added four assists. Brendan Hawryluk and Ty Wiebe each added a pair, while singles went to Sheldon Szmata, Lowen Lambert and Kyle Richardson.
Tyler Dillman, Taylor Paulovich and Brit Olischefski replied for MAN.
Comets 3 at Huskies 10
Thursday, Jan. 24
1. GH, Hunter Millar 2 (Clint Reid, Logan Putio) 6:51
2. GH, Josh Peters 1 (Ty Wiebe) 11:40 (sh)
3. GH, Brendan Hawryluk 21 (Hunter Millar, Davis Rose) 16:40
4. GH, Ty Wiebe 22 (Josh Peters, Clint Polukoshko) 18:58 (sh)
Penalties: Lance Rapson GH (tripping) 10:09, Hunter Millar GH (tripping) 17:35.
5. GH, Kyle Richardson 3 (Mark Simpson, Sheldon Szmata) 4:10
6. MAN, Taylor Paulovich 11 (Tyler Dillman, Michael Vreeling) 4:31
7. GH, Sheldon Szmata 3 (Kyle Richardson, Josh Peters) 9:59 (pp)
8. GH, Ty Wiebe 23 (Spencer Ross, Josh Peters) 10:17 (pp)
9. MAN, Brit Olischefski 2 (Dalton Ducharme, Joel Henitiuk 11:35
Penalties: GRIM bench minor (unsportsmanlike, served by Kyle Richardson) 6:32, Tyler Dillman MAN (holding) 7:25, Jarod Lorencz MAN (interference) 8:18, Michael Vreeling MAN (hooking) 8:32, Kyle Richardson GH (tripping) 12:47.
10. GH, Josh Peters 2 (Hunter Millar, Clint Reid) 2:30 (pp)
11. GH, Brendan Hawryluk 22 (Corson Fairless, Bond Hawryluk) 4:03
12. GH, Lowen Lambert 4 (Ty Wiebe, Josh Peters) 4:55
13. MAN, Tyler Dillman 8 (Brit Olischefski, Jordy Greschner) 11:57.
Penalties: Thomas Dechant MAN and Lance Rapson GH (fighting majors, game misconducts) 00:06, Michael Gillen MAN and Bond Hawryluk GH (high-sticking minors) 00:43, Dalton Ducharme MAN (tripping) 1:41.
Shots on goal:
Manning 15 11 3 -29
Grimshaw 17 14 24 -55 Goaltenders: Comets, Braden Gamble; Huskies, Cory Houlder (Alex Sawchuk in
at 8:03 of first period).
Power Plays: MAN 0-4; GH 3-4.
Penalties in Minutes: MAN 25; GH 25.