Outlaws finish reg. season with just 1 loss for third straight year

By battlefordsNOW Staff
January 31, 2018 - 2:00pm Updated: January 31, 2018 - 3:30pm

The Wilkie Outlaws have dominated the Sask West Hockey League for years now, and this season was no different.

They finished the year with a 19-1 record. It's the third straight season they've registered only one regular season loss.

A couple years ago, their only blunder came on Jan. 15, in game 15 of the season, against the Biggar Nationals.

Last year, it happened in the final game of the regular season against the Luseland/Dodsland Mallards.

And this time, yet again, it happened in the final game of the regular season, this time against the Unity Miners, who beat them 9-5 this past Friday.

Three seasons; just three losses and 59 wins.

That's how good the Outlaws have been.

They've won the last three SWHL championships and also won the North Sask River Hockey League two years in a row before that, so their playoff streak is currently at five years.

Now, the playoff journey begins again for them, not just in the SWHL playoffs, but in provincials, where they have once again entered the 'A' bracket.

Wilkie will take on the Hillmond Hitmen in the first round of provincials beginning on Feb. 10 at home. Game two is set for Feb. 17 in Hillmond and game three, if neccessary, will be played on Feb. 19 back in Wilkie.

As for the SWHL playoffs, they start almost immediately.

The Outlaws will take on the last place Luseland Mallards in the opening round, beginning this Friday, Feb. 2 at home. Game two is set for Sunday in Luseland at 3 p.m., with game three (if necessary), set for Feb. 9 in Wilkie.

The other SWHL playoff matchups see the second-place Macklin Mohawks take on the Kerrobert Tigers, with dates still to be determined, while the the Kindersley Red Lions take on Biggar, and Eatonia has home ice against the fifth-place Unity Miners.

Kindersley and Biggar begin on Thursday, Feb. 1, while the Unity and Eatonia series begins Friday at Eatonia Memorial Arena.


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