Last week, the High Prairie Regals were winless, having lost 14 straight to start the NPHL season.
Now they have won back-to-back games.
HP defeated the Grimshaw Huskies 6-5 in OT to sweep the home-and-home series over the holidays, and send GRIM to its eighth loss in nine games. The game was played at a neutral site in Peace River. HP and GRIM have now split the four games played this season.
Drake Cunningham’s second goal of the game at 7:42 of the third period tied the game, then he won it in overtime only 19 seconds in. Mitch Price assisted on the goal, his fourth of the night.
Kyle Olansky, Lloyd AhKimNachie and Hector Lamouche scored the other HP goals.
Brendan Hawryluk scored twice for GRIM. Bond Hawryluk, Ty Wiebe and Lance Rapson added the others.
HP rallied from deficits four times in the game. They trailed 1-0 and 2-1 in the first period, 4-3 in the second period and 5-4 in the third.
HP [2-11-2-1 for seven points] now trails GRIM [5-7-2-0 for 12 points] by only five points for third place in the East Division. GRIM, however, has played two less games.
Regals 6 at Huskies 5 (OT)
Saturday, Dec. 29
(in Peace River)
1. GH, Ty Wiebe 17 (Ian Dickson, Clint Reid) 3:17 (pp)
2. HP, Kyle Olansky 2 (Drake Cunningham, Lloyd AhKimNachie) 5:35
3. GH, Brendan Hawryluk 14 (Sheldon Szmata, Logan Putio) 6:53
4. HP, Drake Cunningham 5 (Mitch Price, Lloyd AhKimNachie) 8:11
5. HP, Hector Lamouche 6 (Brandon McNabb, Austin Doan) 10:10
Penalties: Brendan Cunningham HP (elbowing) 00:27, HP bench minor (served by Bruce Cunningham) 1:48, Kale Helgeson GH (cross-checking) 12:48, Brendan Cunningham HP (cross-checking double minor) and Lance Rapson GH (roughing) 15:44, Kyle Richardson GH (hooking) 18:09.
6. GH, Bond Hawryluk 9 (Brendan Hawryluk, Sheldon Szmata) 5:39 (pp)
7. GH, Lance Rapson 1 (Brendan Hawryluk) 6:58 (pp)
8. HP, Lloyd AhKimNachie 9 (Mitch Price, Drake Cunningham) 9:22
Penalties: Brandon McNabb HP (hooking) 4:22, Brendan Cunningham HP (holding) 5:20, Lawrence Anderson HP (unsportsmanlike) and Mikal Chalifoux – Van De Ligt HP (roughing) and Cole Diewert GH (cross-checking, roughing) 14:19, Lance Rapson GH (hooking) 18:01.
9. GH, Brendan Hawryluk 15 (Bond Hawryluk, Logan Putio) 5:25
10. HP, Drake Cunningham 6 (Lloyd AhKimNachie, Mitch Price) 7:42
Penalties: Penalties: Brendan Cunningham HP (interference) 2:37, Brendan Cunningham HP and Corson Fairless GH (roughing) 7:32.
11. HP, Drake Cunningham 7 (Mitch Price) 00:19
Shots on goal:
High Prairie 15 13 8 1 -37
Grimshaw 12 9 18 0 -39 Goaltenders: Regals, Matt MacMinn; Huskies, Bud Dyck.
Power Plays: HP 0-4; GRIM 3-7.
Penalties in Minutes: HP 20; GRIM 14.