Combines blast Beaver Blues, extend SPHL lead

By Roger White
January 20, 2018 - 12:00pm

It was supposed to be a clash of two of the top three teams in the Saskatchewan Prairie Hockey League (SPHL) last night, however, only one team showed up.

The first place Meota Combines routed the third place Battleford Beaver Blues 8-1 at the Battleford Arena.

The Combines (11-2-0) evened up the season series with the Beaver Blues after dropping a 7-5 decision to Battleford (9-3-0) on Dec.8.

Daxen Collins and Michael Pylylow lead the Combine’s attack with a pair of goals with singles from Scott Maunula, Aaron Cadrin, Vince Sauvie, and Troy Watt for Meota who lead 3-0 after the first period and 6-1 after 40 minutes of play. Brent Salzl had the lone goal for Battleford, who have lost two straight games and will head to Radisson tonight to play the Wheatkings at 8 p.m.

Josh Alook was stellar in goal for Meota Friday night picking up the victory while Mitch Hawtin allowed five goals before he was relieved by Riley Leffler. It was the second straight game the Beaver Blues allowed eight goals against in a losing effort.

The Hafford Hawks continue to keep pace with Meota for league supremacy after a 9-2 win over Shellbrook last night with their 11th win in 12 games.

Hafford will host the Combines next Friday night in a matchup of the top two offences in the SPHL. Meota leads the league with 106 goals while Hafford has 81 goals scored this season. However, defensively, the Hawks have allowed the fewest goals against with 29 this season for 2.41 goal against average.

Elsewhere tonight, the Spiritwood Timberwolves look for their first win of the season. The 0-13 T-wolves host Shellbrook tonight at 8 p.m.


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