St. Paul Canadiens win Battle of the Lakeland, lose on the road

Rivalry Weekend

It was a weekend of heightened emotion for the St. Paul Canadiens. The Habs were still without a win entering play on Friday. Friday night’s action at the Clancy Richard Arena saw the Cold Lake Ice pay a visit. The game is the first rendition of the Battle of the Lakeland for this season. The following night the Canadiens were on the road to face Wainwright in another big rivalry showdown. This is your Xtreme Oilfield Technologies Post-Game Report.

Battle of the Lakeland

The Cold Lake Ice opened the scoring in the the first edition of the Battle of Lakeland. Scott Thackeray scored the goal, and the Ice were off to a hot start. There was a scramble in front of the Cold Lake netminder, and Dyson Roy picked up a puck last touched by Alexander Astasiewicz. Roy tied the game at 1-1. The first period was a high quality chess match that ended 1-1.

The second period belonged to the St. Paul Canadiens. They pushed the pace, and pushed to even the shot clock that Cold Lake had heavily controlled in the first.  Dyson Roy scored his second goal of the period, and opened a 2-1 Canadiens lead. That’s the way things would sit headed into the third period.

“We’re just keeping it simple. We’re just trying to get the pucks on net, and get the greasy ones. I mean my two goals weren’t pretty at all, so it seems to be working.” Captain Dyson Roy said in the second intermission.

St. Paul opened the scoring in third period 29 seconds in off the stick of Keaton Gordon. Steven Kufflick answered back 15 seconds later. Bailey Lonsberry put the game to bed with 16:00 to play in the third. The game would finish a 4-2 final for St. Paul.

“Brayden played very well tonight. It’s something we’ve been looking for out of our goaltending since the season started. He came to play tonight, and it was his first start of the season. I’m proud of the guy. He’s a young kid who’s been working hard for this opportunity, and he got it.” Head Coach Joe Young said post-game.

Wainwright tests Habs

Saturday night the Habs were in Wainwright to face the Bisons. The first period was a battle until Tanner Fleck scored for the Bisons. Zach Bendall answered back, and it was a 1-1 game into intermission. Wainwright scored the only goal of the second period.The third period was all Bisons, as Brayden Evans was peppered with shot after shot. Dyson Roy added another goal to his season total in the period. That wouldn’t be enough to compete with a big Bisons offense that went off for four goals in the period. The final score was 6-2 in favour of Wainwright.

Back home

The Canadiens will be back home this weekend to face Lloydminster Friday, and then Killam on Saturday.