Pirates halt losing streak

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

The Falher Pirates are officially off the schneid!

The club won its first North Peace Hockey League game after four losses with a convincing 6-1 win at Manning Nov. 23.

Morgan MacLean scored twice to lead the Pirates while Trevor Tokarz, Pat Rowan, Darren Kramer and Darren Brochu added the others.

Josh Rutherford scored only eight seconds into the game to give the Comets the early lead; however, MacLean’s first of the night tied the game before the end of the period.

Tokarz gave the Pirates the lead in the first minute of the second period and they would never give it up. Cote added another goal to make it 3-1 before the end of the period.

The Pirates added three insurance goals in the third. Rowan scored unassisted in the first minute, then Kramer unassisted shorthanded. Brochu added the last goal with 6:22 left.

The Pirates outshot the Comets 60-35 to continue a season long trend. Despite losing their first four games, the Pirates have been outshot only once, and they have fired 237 shots on goal in only five games.

The Pirates lost 4-1 at Dawson Creek Nov. 12 to drop to 0-4. Al losses came against last year’s league finalists: two to Dawson Creek and two to the defending champion Grande Prairie Athletics.

Kevin Hope and Riley Muise scored first period goals to give the Canucks a 2-0 lead.

After a scoreless second period, Ryan Friesen and Jeff Taylor scored 19 seconds apart in the fifth minute and it was all over. For Hope, Friesen and Taylor, it was their first goals of the season. Tokarz scored his third of the season at 6:07 to end the scoring.

Both teams were scoreless on the power play with the Pirates 0-6 and Canucks 0-3.

Shots were even 41-41.

After an early season dose of games against the NPHL’s powerhouse teams, the schedule lessens for the Pirates. They host Manning Nov. 29 and are at winless Grimshaw Nov. 30. They host Grande Prairie Dec. 6 and Manning again Dec. 7.

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