The Falher Pirates are within striking distance of the Campbell Cup after winning their second playoff series against the High Prairie Regals in six games.
Coach Taylor Cote is savouring the moment, after they handily won game six in High Prairie on Feb. 27.
“We played really well,” says Cote. “It was good to score 11 goals on them and give up only four.”
But it could have gone the other way, given that the Regals were on their game when they came to Falher on Feb. 24 for game five.
The Regals scored five goals in the first period alone. Jacob Anderson scored two regular goals and one power play goal, while Lloyd Ah-Kim-Na-Chie and Mitch Price scored one each.
Gordy Laderoute added to their tally just five second into the second period, scoring an unassisted goal.
Price also came up with a power goal in the second period, and Laderoute scored his second of the game, too.
The Pirates managed four goals in the second period. Jeremie Perron managed one regular and one power play goal, while D’Lane Sather and Captain Pat Rowan scored one each.
The Pirates managed to rally in the third period and they were within striking distance of tying the game near the end.
Trevor Mazurek, Nathan Smith and Craig Anderson scored a power play goal each, while Jeff Chalifoux scored a regular goal.
However, the Regals held on to win the game by a score of 10-8, with Ah-Kim-Na-Chie scoring two insurance goals (including one on the power play).
It was back to High Prairie for game six, held in the evening of Feb. 27. The Regals managed to lead off with a goal early in the first period, but the Pirates came on strong with four goals of their own.
The Regals managed a second goal in the second period, but the Pirates trounced them with four more goals.
The Regals added two more to their tally in the third, but the Pirates sealed the deal with three more of their own.
The Pirates won the game by a score of 11-4 and took the second playoff series.
Now they face the Fort St. John Flyers for the Campbell Cup. They travelled to Fort St. John on March 3 for game one. Then they hosted the Flyers on March 6 for game two.