Comets record first shutout win over HP in 28 years

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

One could not imagine a worse start to the NPHL season for the High Prairie Regals.
HP was blasted 12-0 in Manning Nov. 2 and made the trip with only six players. The second period was played 4 on 4 straight time and they didn’t even bother playing the third.
To make matters worse, a $1,000 fine kicks in for any team not having nine skaters and a goalie.
The Regals also set an NPHL record [since the start of the 1989-90 season] with their 10th straight opening night loss, and second straight at MAN to start a season.
Braden Gamble picked up the shutout, which was MAN’s first shutout win over HP at home in regular season play since detailed stats were kept in 1989-90.
It was also MAN’s first shutout over HP since Feb. 9, 1991 – a span of 28 years – when Eric Henitiuk won at HP 5-0.
Josh Rutherford scored four goals and added two assists to lead the onslaught. Taylor Paulovich added two goals and two assists. Layne MacLean added one goal and four assists while Logan Newman, Jeff Boese and Adam Larsen each added one goal and one assist. Brett Nicklason and Britt Oleschefski added the other goals. Michael Gillen added five assists.
The two teams meet again in HP’s home opener Nov. 7.

Regals 0 at Comets 12
Saturday, Nov. 2

First period
1. MAN, Taylor Paulovich 1 (Layne MacLean, Josh Rutherford) 5:12
2. MAN, Jeff Boese 1 (Carson Ewing, Dalton Ducharme) 5:43
3. MAN, Adam Larsen 1 (Logan Newman, Jesse Pederson) 10:49
4. MAN, Josh Rutherford 1 (Taylor Paulovich, Layne MacLean) 13:48
5. MAN, Brett Nicklason 1 (Michael Gillen) 14:54
6. MAN, Josh Rutherford 2 (Taylor Paulovich, Michael Gillen) 17:35
Penalty: Logan Newman (slashing) 1:58.
Second period
7. MAN, Layne MacLean 1 (Michael Gillen, Josh Rutherford) 00:38
8. MAN, Josh Rutherford 3 (Layne MacLean, Jordy Greschner) 10:37
9. MAN, Taylor Paulovich 2 (Mark Simpson, Jeff Boese) 12:10
10. MAN, Logan Newman 1 (Adam Larsen) 14:20
11. MAN, Brit Olischefski 1 (Michael Gillen) 17:06
12. MAN, Josh Rutherford 4 (Michael Gillen, Layne MacLean) 19:10
Penalties: None.
NOTES: Second period played straight time, 4 on 4.
NOTES: Game called after second period
Shots on goal:
High Prairie 2 N/A -2
Manning 33 N/A -33
Goaltenders: Regals, Ryan Penchuk; Comets, Braden Gamble.
Power Plays: HP 0-1; MAN 0-0.
Penalties in Minutes: HP 0; MAN 2.

Defending champs open with win

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

Six different players scored to lead the defending champion Grande Prairie Athletics to a 6-3 win in the opening night of NPHL action.
Calvin Sanders, Max McNeil, Tanner Labbe, Parker Sharp, Sam Bosek and Lyndin Himer-Lewis scored in the win while the Pirates received goals from Trevor Tokarz, Morgan MacLean and Joel Pelletier.
Tokarz’s first period goal gave FAL their only lead of the night. However, Sanders and McNeil scored before the end of the period to give GP a 2-1 lead.
In the second, former GP player Morgan MacLean tied the game 2-2 but Tanner Labbe and Parker Sharp scored before the end of the period to give GP a 4-1 lead. Sharp’s goal – the eventual game-winner – was scored shorthanded as GP took three straight minor penalties late in the frame.
In the third, GP put the game away on goals from Bosek and Himer-Lewis, the latter on a power play.
Pelletier’s power play goal ended the game’s scoring.
The win was GP’s sixth opening night win in eight years and continued a win-loss trend dating back five years. GP has now won eight of their last 10 home openers.
FAL has now lost three of their last four season openers after a stretch where they won seven of eight. FAL had also won 9 of 11 road opening games before the loss.

Pirates 3 at Athletics 6
Friday, Nov. 1

First period
1. FAL, Trevor Tokarz 1 (Jay Anderson, Hector Lamouche) 3:39
2. GP, Calvin Sanders 1 (Marc-Antoine-Viens, Braden Crone) 7:37
3. GP, Max McNeil 1 (Sam Bosek, Riley Boomgaarden) 18:20
Penalties: Rollie Gladue FAL and Chris Lanouette GP (roughing) 8:23, Riley Boomgaarden GP (slashing) 15:05.
Second period
4. FAL, Morgan MacLean 1 (Darren Kramer, Kevin Monfette) 3:05
5. GP, Tanner Labbe 1 (Riley Jebb, Mac McNeil) 4:56
6. GP, Parker Sharp 1 (Tanner Labbe) 17:02 (sh)
Penalties: Riley Boomgaarden GP (misconduct) 4:23, Kevin Monfette FAL (interference) 6:31, Braden Crone GP (slashing, misconduct) 8:55, Riley Jebb GP (slashing) 11:33, Parker Sharp GP (tripping) 14:39, Chris Lanouette GP (boarding) 15:50.
Third period
7. GP, Sam Bosek 1 (Mac McNeil, Parker Sharp) 3:32
8. GP, Lyndin Himer-Lewis 1 (Tanner Labbe) 5:32 (pp)
9. FAL, Joel Pelletier 1 (Kevin Monfette, Morgan MacLean) 9:10 (pp)
Penalties: Jeff Chalifoux FAL (hooking) 5:06, Marc-Antoine-Viens GP (boarding) 7:46, Morgan MacLean FAL (holding) 11:15, Darren Kramer FAL and Chris Lanouette GP (misconducts) 12:39, Matts Maisonneuve FAL (holding) 15:11.
Shots on goal:
Falher 7 13 11 -31
Grande Prairie 17 15 13 -45
Goaltenders: Pirates, Matt MacMinn; Athletics, Kiefer Smiley.
Power Plays: FAL 1-6; GP 1-4.
Penalties in Minutes: FAL 20; GP 44.

High Prairie at Manning Preview – Sat., Nov. 2

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

The NPHL kicks off its 67th season as the defending champion Grande Prairie Athletics host the Falher Pirates Friday. David Temple, former NPHL linesman and long-time NPHL fan, sets the lines. Last season, I was 52-26 [66.67%] straight up and 44-34 [56.41%] against the line. Only once in almost 30 years of picking games have I ever had a losing season record ATL. Here goes!

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

What jumps out here is that HP is favoured. HP has not won in Manning in almost 12 years, losing 13 straight at MAN since 2007. Five of the six losses have been by at least three goals. I am told MAN is not very strong this season and who knows what HP has? It would not surprise me to see HP win this game but until they do I will not pick them. MAN has Braden Gamble – the best player in the NPHL – and that may be just enough. Going with history, MAN to win and take the goals.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD STRAIGHT-UP: 52-26
LAST SEASON’S RECORD AGAINST THE LINE: 44-34

Grimshaw at Dawson Creek Preview – Sat., Nov. 2

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

The NPHL kicks off its 67th season as the defending champion Grande Prairie Athletics host the Falher Pirates Friday. David Temple, former NPHL linesman and long-time NPHL fan, sets the lines. Last season, I was 52-26 [66.67%] straight up and 44-34 [56.41%] against the line. Only once in almost 30 years of picking games have I ever had a losing season record ATL. Here goes!

Grimshaw at Dawson Creek [Sat., Nov. 2]
LINE: Dawson Creek by 6 1/2

Not counting the forfeit in 2017, GRIM has lost eight straight in DC including a 10-1 drubbing last season. It was one of three games where DC covered the current line. DC has covered this line only once in their history in GRIM, that being 20 years ago in 1999. Also of note, GRIM can’t score in DC. Only once in the last eight visits has GRIM scored more than three goals. That won’t be enough vs DC. DC to win but GRIM with the goals.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD STRAIGHT-UP: 52-26
LAST SEASON’S RECORD AGAINST THE LINE: 44-34

Falher at Grande Prairie Preview – Fri., Nov. 1

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

The NPHL kicks off its 67th season as the defending champion Grande Prairie Athletics host the Falher Pirates Friday. David Temple, former NPHL linesman and long-time NPHL fan, sets the lines. Last season, I was 52-26 [66.67%] straight up and 44-34 [56.41%] against the line. Only once in almost 30 years of picking games have I ever had a losing season record ATL. Here goes!

Falher at Grande Prairie [Fri., Nov. 1]
LINE: Grande Prairie by 5 1/2

Rumours out of GP have them with a lot of new, young players. What that means time will only tell. If they are ex-Storm players or Junior B matters a lot. FAL will be strong as always. FAL lost 6-1 in GP last season and have lost six straight in GP since 2009. None covered the current line but GP won four of the six games by five goals. The line is too high. Go with history. GP to win but FAL with the goals.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD STRAIGHT-UP: 52-26
LAST SEASON’S RECORD AGAINST THE LINE: 44-34

2019-20 NPHL Schedule

2019-20 NPHL Schedule

Friday, November 1
Falher at Grande Prairie

Saturday, Nov. 2

Grimshaw at Dawson Creek
High Prairie at Manning

Thursday, Nov. 7
Grande Prairie at Grimshaw
Manning at High Prairie

Saturday, Nov. 9
Dawson Creek at Falher
High Prairie at Grimshaw
Manning at Grande Prairie

Thursday, Nov. 14
Grande Prairie at Falher
Grimshaw at Manning
High Prairie at Dawson Creek

Saturday, Nov. 16
Falher at High Prairie

Thursday, Nov. 21
Falher at Dawson Creek

Saturday, Nov. 23
Dawson Creek at High Prairie
Falher at Manning
Grimshaw at Grande Prairie

Thursday, Nov. 28
Grande Prairie at Dawson Creek

Friday, Nov. 29
Dawson Creek at Grimshaw
Manning at Falher

Saturday, Nov. 30
Falher at Grimshaw
High Prairie at Grande Prairie

Thursday, Dec. 5
Dawson Creek at Grande Prairie
Grimshaw at High Prairie

Friday, Dec. 6
Grande Prairie at Manning

Saturday, Dec. 7
Dawson Creek at Grimshaw
High Prairie at Falher

Friday, Dec. 13
Dawson Creek at Manning

Saturday, Dec. 14
Falher at High Prairie
Grimshaw at Grande Prairie
Manning at Dawson Creek

Thursday, Dec. 19
Manning at Grimshaw

Friday, Dec. 20
Manning at Falher

Saturday, Dec. 21
Grande Prairie at High Prairie
Grimshaw at Falher

Friday, Jan. 3
Grande Prairie at Manning

Saturday, Jan. 4
Dawson Creek at Manning
Falher at Grande Prairie
High Prairie at Grimshaw

Thursday, Jan. 8
Grande Prairie at High Prairie
Grimshaw at Dawson Creek

Saturday, Jan. 11
Dawson Creek at Falher
Grande Prairie at Grimshaw
Manning at High Prairie

Thursday, Jan. 16
Falher at Dawson Creek
High Prairie at Manning

Saturday, Jan. 18
Dawson Creek at High Prairie
Grimshaw at Falher
Manning at Grande Prairie

Thursday, Jan. 23
Grande Prairie at Dawson Creek
High Prairie at Falher

Friday, Jan. 24
Grimshaw at Manning

Saturday, Jan. 25
Grande Prairie at Falher
High Prairie at Dawson Creek
Manning at Grimshaw

Thursday, Jan. 30
Dawson Creek at Grande Prairie
Grimshaw at High Prairie

Friday, Jan. 31
Falher at Manning

Saturday, Feb. 1
Falher at Grimshaw
High Prairie at Grande Prairie
Manning at Dawson Creek

Fort St. John Flyers granted leave of absence

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 23019

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com

The NPHL is down to six teams after Monday night on Oct. 8, after the Fort St. John Flyers announced they would not be part of the league for the 2019-20 season.
NPHL President Jack McAvoy made the announcement after being informed by the Flyers of their intention.
“I have given the one-year leave of absence but according to the NPHL Constitution they receive no money back and will not be treated as a new team next year.”
Flyers’ president Paul van Nostrand issued a statement on behalf of the team.
“Due to a lack of player availability for the upcoming 2019-20 season, the Fort St. John Senior Flyers Hockey Club regrettably announces they have requested a one-year leave of absence from the North Peace Hockey League.
“This decision was not taken lightly and the entire Flyers organization is extremely disappointed with this development.
“On behalf of the FSJ Senior Flyers Hockey Club, I offer my sincere apologies to all of our faithful fans, sponsors, volunteers and alumni who have stood by this storied team for over six decades.”
McAvoy is proposing a 20-game schedule with the existing teams – twice at home and twice on the road. Division play will be scrapped.
Due to the teams wishing at previous meetings that all teams qualify for the playoffs, McAvoy is proposing the playoff format is as follows: first and second place receive a bye while third plays sixth and fourth plays fifth is a best-of-five series. The semi-finals and final are best-of-seven with the higher seed receiving home ice advantage.
The release of the schedule will now occur Wednesday night.
The Flyers entered the NPHL in 2004-05 and played 15 consecutive seasons – the longest such steak in the league. They won the NPHL title in 2008-09 and in 2017-18 and the Lawrence Cup title for placing first overall five times: three times from 2006-07 top 2008-09, and in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

NPHL 2019-2020 Schedule to be released Sunday, Oct. 6

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com

The NPHL has announced it expects its 2019-20 schedule to be released on Sunday, Oct. 6.
The league expects two games between the Manning Comets and Grimshaw Huskies to be played at La Crete. Details are still being finalized.
Unless there is a delay, the schedule will be posted at 6 p.m.
NPHL Statistician Chris Clegg is drawmaster.

NPHL announces 2019-2020 scheduling opponents

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com

The 2019-10 NPHL schedule will be comprised as follows, as agreed to at the league meeting in Fairview Sept. 25:

* Two Divisions.
– East Division: FAL; GRIM; HP; MAN
– West Division: DC; FSJ; GP
East Teams Play 24 Games; West Teams Play 20 games.

East Division: 2 x 3 vs West and 3 x 6 vs East = 24 games
West Division: 2 x 4 vs East and 2 x 6 vs West = 20 games

NPHL Opponents for 2018-19 Season:

Dawson Creek Canucks

AWAY: FAL [1]; FSJ [3]; GP [3]; GRIM [1]; HP [1]; MAN [1]
HOME: FAL [1]; FSJ [3]; GP [3]; GRIM [1]; HP [1]; MAN [1]

Falher Pirates

AWAY: DC [1]; FSJ [1]; GP [1]; GRIM [3]; HP [3]; MAN [3]
HOME: DC [1]; FSJ [1]; GP [1]; GRIM [3]; HP [3]; MAN [3]

Fort St. John Flyers

AWAY: DC [3]; FAL [1]; GP [3]; GRIM [1]; HP [1]; MAN [1]
HOME: DC [3]; FAL [1]; GP [3]; GRIM [1]; HP [1]; MAN [1]

Grande Prairie Athletics

AWAY: DC [3]; FAL [1]; FSJ [3]; GRIM [1]; HP [1]; MAN [1]
HOME: DC [3]; FAL [1]; FSJ [3]; GRIM [1]; HP [1]; MAN [1]

Grimshaw Huskies

AWAY: DC [1]; FAL [3]; FSJ [1]; GP [1]; HP [3]; MAN [3]
HOME: DC [1]; FAL [3]; FSJ [1]; GP [1]; HP [3]; MAN [3]

High Prairie Regals

AWAY: DC [1]; FAL [3]; FSJ [1]; GP [1]; GRIM [3]; MAN [3]
HOME: DC [1]; FAL [3]; FSJ [1]; GP [1]; GRIM [3]; MAN [3]

Manning Comets

AWAY: DC [1]; FAL [3]; FSJ [1]; GP [1]; GRIM [3]; HP [3]
HOME: DC [1]; FAL [3]; FSJ [1]; GP [1]; GRIM [3]; HP [3]