Regals solidify first place standing
South Peace News
In the end, the barrage of shots was too much for even an all-star goaltender to overcome.
The High Prairie Regals peppered 64 shots on Manning Comets’ goaltender Kenton Yasinski during a 5-3 win at Manning Nov. 16 to solidify their standing atop the North Peace Hockey League’s East Division.
Lance Gauchier scored twice while T.J. Cunningham, Justin Paul and Lawrence Anderson added the other goals. Tyler Shantz, the NPHL’s second leading scorer, was help goalless but added a pair of assists as the Regals won for the tenth straight time in Manning.
Dave Buchan, Bobby Whillans and Cody Kavanagh replied for Manning, who have the league’s second worst record at 1-6-0-0 after a 5-1 loss at Fairview Nov. 17.
The Regals never trailed in the game. Cunningham opened the scoring in the sixth minute until Whillans replied three minutes later. Gauchier put the Regals ahead to stay just past the midway mark.
In the second period, Paul and Anderson put the Regals ahead 4-2 with Kavanagh scoring for the Comets.
The Regals outshot the Comets 64-37 in the wide-open contest. The Regals clicked on two of seven power play chances while the Comets were one for 11.
Kyle Shantz recorded the win in goal in his first start of the season. The Regals now boast three goaltenders with wins this season. It’s a claim no other NPHL team can make.
The 4-1-0-0 Regals, meanwhile, received a lot of help last week as the Lakeland Eagles dropped a pair of games at home. They first lost to the Valleyview Jets 6-5 Nov. 15, then the Grande Prairie Athletics 6-3 Nov. 17.
The Regals host those same Jets Nov. 22. The Jets have recently added former MVP Brad Macnab and his brother, Tyrell. The Jets held the powerful Fort St. John Flyers to a 4-2 home ice loss Nov. 17.
Those same Flyers pay a visit to the Sports Palace Nov. 24 as the Regals enjoy three straight games on home ice. Spirit River pays a visit to High Prairie on Dec. 1. Game time, as always, is 8:30 p.m.
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