Pirates win third straight

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

Don’t look now but here come the Falher Pirates!

After stumbling out of the gate with four straight losses to open their North Peace Hockey League season, the team has now won three straight after a weekend sweep.

The Pirates blasted the visiting Manning Comets 13-2 at home Nov. 29, then won a hard-fought 5-4 decision at Grimshaw Nov. 30.

The Pirates are firmly entrenched in third place with six points, four ahead of the Manning Comets although the latter has three games in hand and the Huskies one. The defending champion Grande Prairie Athletics are still perfect at 6-0 for 12 points while the Dawson Creek Canucks are second at 4-1 and eight points.

The Pirates showed no mercy to the visiting Comets as they led 7-1 after one period and chased all-star goaltender Braden Gamble from the net. They added to their lead in the second period with two more goals to lead 9-2 before adding four more in the third to win easily.

As expected, the stars led the way. All-star Pat Rowan broke out of his early season slum with three goals and five assists for eight points. A pair of players playing their first game of the season with the Pirates enjoyed big nights. Kris Desjarlais scored four goals, including a third period natural hat trick, and added one assist. Dakota Conroy scored once and added four assists.

Meanwhile, Trevor Tokarz scored twice and added two assists while Darren Kramer added three goals.

Josh Rutherford gave the visitors a 1-0 lead only 32 seconds into the game but after that it was all downhill for the Comets.

Brandon Baumgart- ner opened the second period with the Comets’ other goal.

The Pirates outshot the Comets 50-40 as Ty Gullickson made 38 saves in the nets for the Pirates.

Meanwhile, Gamble surrendered seven goals on 18 shots. Former Pirate Dyson Lowen mopped up giving up six goals on 34 shots.

The game featured only 14 penalties in minutes, with eight going to the Comets. Desjarlais scored the game’s only power play goal.

Kramer’s third period goal with 2:37 left proved to be the difference in Grimshaw as the Pirates came from behind for the second straight night.

Corson Fairless and Tyler Brenner gave the Huskies a 2-0 first period lead by the 5:39 mark.

However, Morgan MacLean and Kramer tied the game before the end of the period.

The second period was all Pirates as they outshot the Huskies 26-10. Jay Anderson gave the Pirates a 3-2 lead with the period’s only goal as Huskies’ goaltender Riley Medves was outstanding.

In the third, the Huskies regained the lead on goals from Logan Putio and Brenner, the latter’s second of the night, both on the power play.

Conroy tied the game with 3:49 left to set up Kramer’s game-winning goal.

The Pirates outshot the Huskies 48-29.

The game ended with a fight and other shenanigans. Kramer and Kyle Richardson fought and will sit the next game with a suspension. Huskies’ coach Chad Burns was assessed a gross misconduct and will sit two games.

The Pirates get a week off before hosting the Comets Dec. 7. Game time is 8:30 p.m. The Pirates are back in Grimshaw Dec. 12.

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