The Falher Pirates opened their season with an 8-6 win over the visiting Grimshaw Huskies.
But it wasn’t easy.
The Pirates built a 6-1 second period lead but watched the Huskies roar back in the third period to close the gap to 6-4. After Darren Kramer restored the lead to 7-4, the Huskies kept coming; adding two more goals to make it 7-6 but a late goal from Dallas Brochu sealed the win.
Darren Kramer scored twice to lead the Pirates, who received goals from seven different players. Dallas Brochu, Trevor Mazurek, Pat Rowan, Jeff Chalifoux, Trevor Tokarz and Koltin Caron added the other goals.
Corson Fairless scored twice to lead the Huskies while Mark Simpson, Spencer Ross, Ty Wiebe and Davis Rose added the others.
Dyson recorded the win in goal stopping 33 of 39 shots while David Gingera took the loss. He also stopped 33 shots but faced 41 overall.
The Pirates continue to score goals at home versus the Huskies. Last year, the Pirates scored 12 and eight goals in their two wins.
Another trend that held true was the Pirates did not cover the current line of 3 1/2 goals, meaning the Pirates have covered the current line against the Huskies only four times in the last 18 home games.
Huskies 6 at Pirates 8
Saturday, Nov. 3
1. FAL, Pat Rowan 1 (Dakota Mason, Kevin Radford) 1:16
2. FAL, Trevor Mazurek 1 (Pat Rowan, Dakota Mason) 11:04
Penalties: Darren Kramer FAL (cross-checking) 3:13, Lowen Lambert GH (slashing) 13:07, Dakota Mason FAL (roughing) 16:59.
3. FAL, Trevor Tokarz 1 (Jeff Chalifoux, Darren Brochu) 00:08
4. FAL, Jeff Chalifoux 1 (Trevor Tokarz, Kevin Monfette) 5:55
6. GH, Corson Fairless 1 (Ty Wiebe, Sheldon Szmata) 12:58 (pp)
7. FAL, Darren Kramer 1 (Joel Pelletier) 13:47
8. FAL, Koltin Caron 1 (Trevor Tokarz, Neil Maisonneuve) 16:47 (pp)
Penalties: Coltin Sandboe FAL (roughing) 12:44, Lowen Lambert GH (slew foot double minor) 13:47.
8. GH, Ty Wiebe 1 (Colter Wiebe, Corson Fairless) 4:19
9. GH, Davis Rose 1 (Logan Putio, Clint Reid) 5:05
10. GH, Mark Simpson 1 (Brendan Hawryluk, Sheldon Szmata) 5:50
11. FAL, Darren Kramer 2 (unassisted) 7:14 (sh)
12. GH, Spencer Ross 1 (Brendan Hawryluk, Ty Wiebe) 9:19 (pp)
13. GH, Corson Fairless 2 (Ty Wiebe, Sheldon Szmata) 10:34 (pp)
14. FAL, Dallas Brochu 1 (Darren Kramer) 14:24
Penalties: Matt Flette GH (interference) 00:50, Kevin Radford FAL (cross-checking) 6:47, Jeff Chalifoux FAL (delay of game) 9:10, Kale Helgeson GH and Raymond Carifelle GH and Dakota Mason FAL and Jayden Morin FAL and Jeff Chalifoux FAL (roughing) 9:53.
Shots on goal: Grimshaw 14 12 13 -39 Falher 9 19 13 -41
Goaltenders: Huskies, David Gingera; Pirates, Dyson Loewen.
Power Plays: GH 3-6; FAL 1-4.
Penalties in Minutes: GH 12; FAL 16.