The Shaunavon Badgers shocked the Leader Flyers three games to two games in their best-of-five Whitemud Hockey League semi-final round.
The Badgers pulled off a stunning 3-2 win in overtime on Friday evening at the Leader Arena. It was 1-1 after the first with the Flyers ahead 2-1 after the second period. Playing coach Trevor Aadland scored the dramatic winning goal at 4:56 of the overtime period. Aadland also lit the red light in regulation time. Cody Tetrault was the other Badger marksman. Jordi Thomas, Tanner Tetrault, Carter Nicolson and Landon Balas were credited with single helpers. Jay Hern and Evan Bushell replied for the Flyers. The Leader assists went to Chris Stimson, Eric Nixon, Adam Antkowiak and Dallas Jorgenson. Referees Ryan Campbell and Joel Franz handed five minors to each club. Assistant coach Loren Hamel commented, “The boys kept battling back and Jamie played stellar in net.” The Badgers advance to the final series against the Gull Lake Greyhounds. The Hounds sidelined the Frontier Flyers in the other semi-final round. The Shaunavon Badgers squared their semi-final series with the Leader Flyers at two games apiece on Wednesday night at the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre. The Badgers skated to a 6-4 victory sending the Badger fans home happy. The period counts were 2-1 and 4-2 for the home side. Carter Nicolson had a big night for the Badgers by sniping two goals. His first came off a power play in the middle stanza and then he converted a nice feed from Tanner Tetrault at 8:54 of the final frame. Cody Tetrault whipped a backhand past Flyers’ tender Donald Schmaltz off a breakaway play at 7:13 of the third period after a set up from Landon Balas. Playing coach Trevor Aadland (power play), Evan Schafer and Tanner Tetrault also lit the red lamp. Rod Thienes collected two assists while Carter Nicolson, Cody Tetrault and goalie Jamie Poppy picked up the others. Adam Antkowiak netted two goals to propel the Flyers’ attack. Jerrid Sauer potted a goal and a pair of assists. Jay Hern also tallied for Leader on the power play at 18:55 of the first period. Eric Zubot, Mike Holmes, Rob Parkinson, Aaron Krein and Dallas Jorgenson picked up solo helpers. The Flyers had a two man advantage when they pulled their goalie with a little over one minute remaining but Shaunavon was able to hold the fort. Referees Stuart Smith and Darwin Seidler of Swift Current whistled down 10 minors to the Badgers and seven to the Flyers.