After a prairie blizzard forced the rescheduling of half a dozen games Saturday night, Sunday's docket was packed with 12 games across the province. After last night's action there are only three spots left in the next round of playoffs, and all of those could be filled as early as tonight. Here's what happened on a busy Sunday in the SHA.
Lanigan 2 at Tisdale 0 (Lanigan wins series 2-1): The Pirates were favored in this series by arm chair analysts, however they made things interesting after dropping game one in Tisdale. Lanigan rebounded with a home ice win in game two, setting up the rubber match at the RecPlex wherer the Ramblers hoped home ice would do the trick. The game was tight from the outset, with the Pirates holding a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes. The Ramblers hopes were dashed half way through the third period as the visitors took a 2-0 and were able to hold on for the series win.
Hague 4 at Waldheim 3 (Hague wins series 2-1): The Royals opened their series against the Outlaws with an embarrassing 9-2 loss, however Hague used their smaller ice surface to their advantage in game two to even the series with a 5-4 overtime win. Proving that game one was an aberration, the visiting Royals were able to keep the game within their reach, keeping it tied at one after the first frame, and tied at three after 40. Playing a great road game paid off for Hague as they were able to go ahead 4-3 in the third and held on for the victory and the series win.
Biggar 3 at Outlook 4 (Outlook wins series 7 - 5): In Outlook, the Ice Hawks were banking on home ice and a one goal series lead to be enough to oust the visiting Nationals. The home squad picked up goals from
Shay Stephenson, Daniel Erlandson, Robert Solnicka and Ryan Barbour and in the end were able to skate off with a 7 - 5 series win. The Hawks now face the Drake Canucks in the next round of B action.
Conquest 0 at Drake 5 (Drake wins series 13 - 2): In game one, the Canucks scored early and often en route to a convincing 8 - 2 victory. Drake felt confident coming into game two on home ice, however they did not want to give the visiting Merchants a chance to get up off the mat. The Canucks threw 18 shots on goal in the first period, and goals by Andy Blanke and Brad Toews put the home side up 10 - 2 in the series. It was more of the same in the second and third, as Drake added goals from Jordan Schindel, Logan Mortenson, and Brady Wacker as Drake cruised to an easy 5 - 0 win.
Eston 5 at Assiniboia 5 (Assiniboia wins series 10 - 7): The defending B champs were on the ropes after dropping game one 5 - 2 on home ice to visiting Senior Rebels. Lately, a three goal lead has proven to be anything but a lock, and Assiniboia was determined to remain focused and close out their series with the Ramblers. Eston did their best to try and get back into the series, but in the end there just was not enough runway, as the Rebels used a 5 - 5 tie to win the series and move on to the next round. With Wynyard falling in round one and Eston falling round two, there are only two defending champs left, the C champion Wilkie Outlaws and the D champion Avonlea Arrows.
Elrose 1 at Odessa 4 (Odessa wins series 13 - 3): The Bruins were able to build a 7 goal bulge by virtue of a 9 - 2 win in Elrose back on January 31st. Two weeks apart and a change of scenery was not enough for the Aces, as the Bruins were able to skate away with a 4 - 1 victory and a 13 - 3 series win. Odessa will get all they can handle next round as they advance to face the Assiniboia Senior Rebels.
Macklin 2 at Delisle 5 ot (Delisle wins series 7 - 6): In Delisle, the Macklin Mohawks were sporting a two goal lead after a game one 4 - 2 home ice victory. After twenty minutes, the visitors were in good shape as the score was tied at one, and the Mohawks were 40 minutes away from advancing. In the second frame, the Bruins pumped in three goals to take a 4 - 1 lead in the game and 6 - 5 series lead. Coming into the third Macklin was now forced to play from behind, and they were able to tie the game and the series which meant extra time was needed. It looked like visitors were going to be able to grab the series in overtime as they went on the power play after an ill-advised Bruins penalty. It was not meant to be for the 2009 senior C champs however, as Chad Laing was able to score the short handed marker, sending the home crowd into a frenzy and the Bruins on to the next round.
Avonlea 3 at Central Butte 3 (Avonlea wins series 8 - 4): Last year, the Arrows grabbed the D title and their defense began well with a 5 - 1 home ice win in game one. The Flyers were unable to muster enough to knock off the Highway Hockey League reps, and in the end the Arrows captured the series 8 - 4. Avonlea will now advance to battle the winner of the Imperial Sabres and Whitewood Orioles.
Imperial 4 at Whitewood 3 (Imperial wins series 8 - 7): The "southern birds" were in good shape after playing Imperial to a 4 - 4 tie in game one two nights earlier in Imperial. The Sabres, a team recently resurrected after several years absent from the senior scene, were looking to advance to the second round in the D division. After a back and forth game, the road team grabbed the lead and held on to a 4 - 3 win, taking the series 8 - 7. The Sabres will now try to knock off the defending champs as they go to battle against the Avonlea Arrows.
Coronach 3 at Craik 9 (Craik wins series 13 - 5): Eight days earlier, the Warriors went into Coronach and dumped the Merchants 4 - 2 to take the early series lead. Back at home, Craik flexed their muscles, scoring at will, rolling over Coronach by a 9 - 3 count. The game and series was never in doubt, however their next series will be a much greater struggle as they go up against the high flying Greyhounds from Gull Lake.
Luseland 1 at Kenaston 6 ot (Kenaston wins series 7 - 6): The Luseland Mallards grabbed control of this series with a 5 - 1 home ice win, and all that was required was to steer the series home and they were off to the next round. The Blizzards, a mainstay in the SVHL, were a team that showed no quit, and they battled the northern Ducks through 60 minutes, leading the game 5 - 1. With the series tied 6 - 6, and extra 20 minutes was put up on the clock and the puck was dropped for overtime. During the regular season, Michael Sagen lead the Blizzards with 23 goals and 34 points, and it was fitting for him to be the hero as he notched the winner, sending the Blizzards on to the next round to face the Dinsmore Dynamos.
Theodore 3 at Kelvington 3 2-ot (Kelvington wins series 7 - 6): In Theodore, the Wheat Kings stole a 4 - 3 road victory and brought a one goal lead home to the Kelvington Rec Arena. The Buffaloes struggled this year in the THL, however a provincial run would be what the Theodore fans needed. The visitors were able to tie the series, leading the game 3 - 2 after 60 minutes forcing overtime in the deciding game. An extra 20 was not enough and the teams were forced to play a fifth period. In the end, the Wheat Kings were able to tie the game and win the series 7 - 6. Kelvington will now advance to play the Beechy Bombers of the Sask Valley League.
Three games are featured on this Family Day in February as Davidson travels to Balcarres, Wawota visits Milestone, and Wilkie takes a 17 goal lead into Loreburn. Check the schedule and scores page for updates.