In the wake of a busy Sunday night, Monday featured three games, two of which decided series winners, one of which forced a game three. Here's what went down on a relatively quiet Family Day.
Davidson 6 at Balcarres 4 (series tied 1 - 1): The story coming out of game one was the dominance of Balcarres' David Spooner and his 65 save performance giving the Broncs a 4-3 road win. Game two was set to go on the 14th, however howling winds and blowing snow forced the game to be rescheduled to last night. It was do or die for the Cyclones, but things did not start well as they trailed the home team 2-1 after the first period. In the second, the Cyclone and Broncs traded goals, and Balcarres was 20 minutes from advancing, holding a 3-2 lead. The third period was all Davidson, however, as they outscored the Broncs 4-1, forcing a third and deciding game tonight in Davidson.
Wawota 1 at Milestone 3 (Milestone wins series 10 - 6): Lead by Riley Riddell and Justin Lamontagne, the Wawota Flyers were the highest scoring team in the Big 6 Hockey League, averaging over 5.5 goals per game. In the QVHL, the Milestone Flyers finished in the middle of the pack, and would need solid goaltending to prevail. In game one, Milestone was able to pull off the road win, potting 7 markers while only giving up 5 to Wawota. Back at the Milestone Memorial Centre, the hometown Flyers stymied the visitors, holding them to one goal en route to a 3-1 win and a securing the series by a 10-6 count. Milestone will now turn their sights on the Bredenbury Cougars of the Triangle Hockey League. Wawota now focuses on league playoffs as they currently lead the Oxbow Huskies 2 games to 1.
Wilkie 11 at Loreburn 2 (Wilkie wins series 29 - 3): In one of the most lopsided series in recent memory, the Wilkie Outlaws scored at will over the hapless Loreburn 19ers. The Outlaws, who currently hold the C title, will now turn their attention to the Delisle Bruins, who won an emotional series over the Macklin Mohawks. This series pits the top team in the Sask West Hockey League against the third place team in the Sask Valley Hockey League. Wilkie secured top spot in the "Wild West" with a 16 - 1 - 1 record, garnering 33 of a possible 36 points, finishing 9 points ahead of the second place Macklin Mohawks. Delisle ended up with 29 of a possible 44 points, good enough for third in the Valley. Wilkie has to be favored in this one, however Delisle has shown tremendous resolve, especially on home ice.