Mustangs @ Kipling/Windthorst
In their last two outings, the Kipling/Windthorst Oil Kings have had a night and day difference between the two games. In the first of the two, they upset the Carlyle Cougars when Austin Toth stood on his head in the low scoring game, but then turned around and lost to Redvers Rockets the night after.
As for the Mustangs, they started five game winning streak before the holiday break and have been continuing on with their last being a tough 2-1 over the Wawota Flyers earlier this week.
In th first period, it would only take three minutes to get the game started as Brad Tomiski would get his team leading eighth goal of the season after sliding one passed Austin Toth.
Both teams would play some tough defence after the first goal, but that wouldn't be all for the first period. With just over three minutes left, Steven Lindenbach would make it a two goal game.
After the first: 2-0 Midale
The next period would be where the Mustangs offence would come alive a little more when they would double their lead only 30 seconds in. Garrett Sherlock would score only nineteen seconds in thanks to a powerplay that carried over from the first, and Logan Martinson would score only 11 seconds later to make it a 4-0 game.
That would hold over for the next three minutes before the lead would again be extended, this time by Konrad Proszak, and that goal would be the last of a busy period.
After two: 5-0 Midale
The third period would be where the Oil Kings would start their comeback, and it would start early as exactly two minutes in, Blake Nicholson would score on the powerplay for the Oil Kings.
The Oil Kings would get another chance to comeback on the powerplay before the half of the period, and they'd capitalize when Caley Bjork would score once more on the man advantage.
That would be the last chance the Oil Kings would get, as the Mustangs would continue to pour shots at Austin Toth, including a second goal from Sherlock, and give them the win o the road.
FINAL SCORE: Mustangs 6 - 2 Oil Kings
The win extends the Mustangs winning streak to six games.
Bienfait @ Redvers
Redvers comes into this game with a three game winning streak, their last loss to the Coalers before the holiday break when they dropped a tight 3-1 decision. As for Bienfait, they've been up and down in their last four as they have won and lost two in their last four games.
The two teams would play a little more offensive game compared to last time they met, part of which is because Bienfait had a shorter lineup than they'd like. Once seven minutes of the game were gone, the floodgates would start to open.
Redvers would get on the board first thanks to Kenton Miller, but less than a minute later he would be answered by Coaler Levi Kress.
Then, twelve minutes in, Miller would get his second of the game and be answered less than a minute later again, this time by Wyatt Garagan.
After one: 2-2
The second period would be less back and forth and more dominant for the Rockets. 4:26 in, Drew Hoff added his name to the scoresheet, followed by Francis Lamotte five minutes later.
Then, Redvers would score one more before the end of the period, the hat trick goal for Kenton Miller.
After 2: 6-2 Redvers
The third period would return to back and forth hockey, and it would start when the Coalers would begin their comeback again only three minutes in. Dylan Herzberg would score the beginning of the rally goal, and Wyatt Garagan would follow up with his second less than a minute later to bring the game back to within one.
The Rockets would answer at the halfway point of the period when Dakota Roseand Dustin Purvis would score and return the four goal lead.
Bienfait would fire back, again from Wyatt Garagan to complete the hat trick, and minutes later add his fourth, but not to be outmatched, Kenton Miller would score a fourth goal of his own for the Rockets to seal the deal.
FINAL SCORE: Redvers 9 - 6 Bienfait
With his four goals and assist during the game, Kenton Miller takes sole possession of first in the league scoring race.
Carlyle @ Oxbow
The Carlyle Cougars have held the top spot in the league for a while but in their last outing, they were upset in their last game against the Kipling/Windthorst Oil Kings. As for Oxbow, they took down the Bienfait Coalers to snap a six game losing streak.
The Cougars were also without their two biggest weapons, Ben Johnstone, who is recovering from an injury to his left arm, and Nathan Deck, who has left the team to join Lacombe.
Only one goal would be scored in the first period, that by Carlyle's Clayton Geiger with just over two minutes to go before the period's end.
After 1: 1-0 Carlyle
The second period is where the game would start to open up a bit more, and Oxbow would get the ball rolling six minutes in. Team leading in goals Derek Cooney would score with the team leader in points Taysen Holt adding an assist.
Then at the five minute mark, Cooper Fox would score for the Cougars to take hold of the lead once more.
Finally, with a minute-two left in the second, Kolby Fleury would score to tie the game back up.
After 2: 2-2
Third period would be played similar to the second, back and forth and a few goals scored. Carlyle would start the scoring this time when Geiger would score his second of the game three minutes in.
Mason Belanger would score two minutes later for the Cougars off a feed from goaltender Landon Audet, giving him the second assist so far this season for a goaltender in the entire league, the other being Wawota's Guilliame Blouin.
Now down by two for the first time in the game, the Oxbow Huskies would start to come back when Taysen Holt would score for his team, but the Cougars would answer quickly.
Mitchell Morrison would restore the two goal lead just a minute later when he scored on a solo effort.
Finally, Taysen Holt would add his second of the game with five minutes to go, but it would be all Oxbow could muster in a great game.
FINAL SCORE: Carlyle 5 - 4 Oxbow
Taysen Holt sits second in league points after the three point game, and the Cougars return to sole possesion of first in the league after the win.
Carnduff @ Arcola/Kisbey
The Combines had the lead for the first period and a half in their last outing before dropping a 10-4 score to Yellow Grass, while Carnduff has lost two of their last three, their last being a 6-2 win over Oxbow.
The first period would start off with two goals from Carnduff, the first from Sheldon Thompson just past the halfway mark of the period and the next from Cody Moore with only a minute-eight to go.
After 1: 2-0 Carnduff
The second period would not be kind to Arcola/Kisbey as Carnduff would start the scoring exactly three minutes in and then refuse to stop.
Justin Smith would score the first before Carnduff would pound another five in for the period. Trevor Geiger, Kody Martin, another by Martin, and a second from Geiger would all build up the lead to seven before the end of the period.
After 2: 7-0 Carnduff
The third period would be just as unkind to the Combines as they would not get on the board on their home ice, but would instead see their net get filled once again.
Geiger would score his third of the game to start off before Tanner Reynolds would add his first.
Then, with only two minutes left in the game, Kody Martin would cap off his hat trick.
FINAL SCORE: Carnduff 10 - 0 Arcola/Kisbey
This would be the second game in a row the Combines would surrender a hat trick to two different players.