With Saturday marking the official last week of the season, the only playoff spot locked up was the Yellow Grass Wheat Kings at the top of the league. The race is on for the second spot in the league, meaning almost every team from seventh place to second has a shot finishing there.
Arcola/Kisbey @ Bienfait
In Friday's lone game, the Coalers look for two crucial points as they sit in a tie for sixth, meaning they sit on the docket for an extra playoff series with the survivor series as they sit tied with the Wawota Flyers. As for the Combines, they haven't managed to get their first win this season.
The first period started off tough for the Combines as less than a minute in, Blaine Herzberg scored for the Coalers. After that, the Coalers get two more from Dylan Herzberg and Dallas Kickley.
After 1: 3-0 Bienfait
THe sceond would not go much better as less than five minutes in, the Coalers would fire three more into the net behind the Combines goaltender thanks to two from Dylan Herzberg for the hat trick and a third from Mason Benning.
After 2: 6-0 Bienfait
The third period would bode a little better for the Combines as they would start the period off with a goal 1:47 into the period when Hayden Cutler scored his team's first goal.
Only a few seconds later, the Coalers would fire back with Cole Piche scored his first goal. After that, the goals would continue to poor in, Wyatt Garagan, Dallas Kickley's second, and a fourth and fifth from Dylan Herzberg.
After that, the Combines would get the game's final goal when Lucas Hislop would score for his team.
FINAL SCORE: Bienfait 11 - 2 Arcola/Kisbey
The Coalers sneak ahead two points right ahead of the Wawota Flyers, but the Flyers have an extra game to play starting Saturday night.
Carnduff @ Wawota
After the Coalers got their win the night before, the Flyers were left alone in seventh at the top of the survivor series, and with only a week to go, the quicker they get the wins in their final five games, the better. As for Carnduff, they sit two points back of second place with the Carlyle Cougars in third.
In the first period, the Carnduff Red Devils get the first goal of the game on the road when Trevor Geiger managed to slip one passed Gulliame Blouin only 34 seconds in.
The play would go back and forth until only 2:25 was left in the period and Derek Frater scored to tie the game up.
After the first: 1-1
In the second, the game would continue to go back and forth between the two teams, starting with another early goal from Carnduff and Nico Anderson.
Back the other way, Devin Stewart would tie the game up once again for the Flyers, but again it would go the other way with the second goal of the game for Trevor Geiger.
The Flyers would tie the game up once again when Kayle Swanson would score once more for the home team, but the Red Devils would get the final laugh of the period when Brandon Trask took the lead back.
After two: 4-3 Carnduff
The third period would be a bit of a blowout for the Flyers as Carnduff potted three goals about seven minutes in thanks to Colby Swayze. After that, they added two more from Devan Carriere and Blake McMillen.
Not only did the Red Devils extend their lead to four, but they got into the face of Flyers goaltender Guilliame Blouin, who would get ejected from the game with less than two minutes in the game.
FINAL SCORE: Carnduff 7 - 3 Wawota
Wawota stays in seventh in the league with four games left to play, two points back of Bienfait.
The Red Devils join the Redvers Rockets in second place, but with one less game to play as they await the result of Carlyle and Midale to see if they'll join the tie.
Carlyle @ Midale
Carlyle's situation coming in is identical to Carnduff's except this is Carlyle's second to last game. As for Midale, they could jump up into a tie with Carlyle with a vicotry over the Cougars.
In the first period, Cooper Fox would take a drop pass from Kelly Currie at the blue line and break down the left side of the ice and fire a wrist shot through the five hole of Jeff Davies to put the Cougars up 1-0 four minutes in.
Next, the Cougars would be sent to the penalty kill but it wouldn't matter much as Brett Turgeon would streak down the left side of the ice and break around the defender, taking a shot that beat Davies' in the exact same place, ending his night only 6:17 into the game.
Late in the period, the Mustangs would get a two on one chance when Connor Burk broke down the left side of the ice with Steven Lindenbach with him, but insted Burk fired a shot under the blocker of Landon Audet to bring the game back to within one.
After 1: 2-1 Carlyle
The second period would put the Cougars up once more when Turgeon scored a goal off a pass from Mitchell Morrison behind the net, setting Turgeon up in the slot for a one timer passed Derek Tendler now in net for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs would fire back with a penalty kill goal of their own when off the intial penalty face off, Connor Burk would block a shot and wheel down the ice, and as he took a shot towards the net, he was hooked and drew a penalty shot. The right handed shot came down slowly over the right side of the ice, faked the shot into a smooth move to the backhand, drawing a spawling poke check from Audet, then brought it back to the forehand and tucked it home.
Carlyle would get the last laugh in the period however when they restored their lead off a wrist shot in the slot from Billy Greenwood.
After 2: 4-2 Carlyle
Down by two, Connor Burk would again step up for his team when Lindenbach fed him the puck and he took advantage, sending a onetimer passed Audet to make it a one goal game, just two minutes into the third.
The next ten minutes would quiet down before the Cougars scored to again make it a two goal game, this time thanks to Mason Belanger.
Steven Lindenbach would answer for the Mustangs, firing a shot off the bar from the top of the circles with less than six minutes to play.
Then, a series of weird calls on icings and two very, very tough calls including a hooking call that was just a stick lift in front of the net set the Mustangs on the penalty kill in the final three minutes, and Kelly Currie would get a tip in front to ice the victory for the Cougars on the powerplay.
FINAL SCORE: Carlyle 6 - 4 Midale
Carlyle joins Redvers and Carnduff in the three way tie for second, but Carlyle has only one game remaining, Carnduff has two, and Redvers has three.
Midale sits only two points ahead of Bienfait after the loss.
Oxbow @ Arcola/Kisbey
The Arcola/Kisbey Combines continue the search for their first win of the season against a team that has a chance of playing them in the survivor series, the Oxbow Huskies.
The Huskies need the win to try and eclipse the Wawota Flyers so the Huskies can play Arcola/Kisbey in the series, and they started early.
35 seconds in, Derek Cooney scored the game's first goal, and the Huskies never looked back. Their top line added two more from Taysen Holt and a second from Derek Cooney before the end of the period, the only interuption coming from Rhett Palmer halfway through the period.
After the first: 3-1 Oxbow
The second period would be scoreless for both teams, but the third would see the Huskies pile pucks in the net. The first six minutes would pass by without a goal, but the Huskies added four in the final twelve starting with a goal from Reed Loucks, followed with the hat trick from Derek Cooney, and two from Preston Audet.
The lone goal in the third for the Combines would come off the stick of Jared Taylor.
FINAL SCORE: Oxbow 7 - 2 Arcola/Kisbey
The score on the board is exactly half of the result last time these two teams played, 14-4 in favour of Oxbow.