The Greyhounds clinched the league crown at the CPWC and also won the latest installment in the “Battle of Highway 37.” The Greyhounds clipped the Shaunavon Badgers 4-1 on Thursday evening to capture the best-of-five championship series three games to one. Captain Cody Vaughan accepted the league trophy and the celebrations were underway. It was a tight battle with the visitors enjoying period margins of 1-0 and 2-0. Terik Beaudoin made several sparkling saves to backstop the Greyhounds’ victory. David Lerner of the Hounds tallied first after burying a rebound on the power play in the opening stanza. Ty Vallee wired a slapshot from the point which bulged twine at 11:20 of the second period. Cody Vaughan scored 44 seconds into a power play opportunity early in the final frame. Tyson Migneault put the icing on the cake with an empty netter at 19:16 of the third period. Jayden Roosen and Mason Logan chipped in two helpers apiece with Cody Vaughan and Tyson Migneault adding the others. Cory Verpy notched a goal 39 seconds into the third period to give the Badgers some life. Rod Thienes was credited with a single helper on the Shaunavon scoring play. The Badgers pulled goalie Jamie Poppy with about 90 seconds remaining but were unable to score. Referees Lyndsay Miyashiro and Brady Cairns of Swift Current handed the Badgers 13 minors, 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct. The Greyhounds cooled their heels in the sin bin with seven minor infractions. The never-say-die Badgers climbed back in the series with a 5-2 triumph on March 18 at the Gull Lake Recreational Complex. Cory Verpy turned in a solid outing for the visitors with two goals and two assists. Tanner Tetrault cashed in one goal and three assists while Cody Tetrault chipped in a goal and two assists. Quintin Cairns added the other Badger marker. Rod Thienes and Dale Hunt had solo helpers. Cody Vaughan and Jayden Roosen blinked the red lamp for the Greyhounds. Chris Kirwan and Dave Lerner contributed the assists in the contest. Referees Devin Pinkney and Darwin Seidler of Swift Current called Shaunavon for six of the nine minor penalties. Jamie Poppy earned the win in the Badgers’ crease while Greyhound tender Riley Kornfeld was tagged with the loss. The third place Badgers punched their ticket to the final round by sidelining the Leader Flyers in one semi-final series. The first place Greyhounds advanced after eliminating the Frontier Flyers in the other semi-final round.
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