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2014/15 News Stories



Giants complete Championship Threepeat!


    The Surrey Giants completed a Finals sweep with a convincing 7-1 pounding of the Pacific Jaguars. This makes the third consecutive Fall season that the Giants have laid claim to the "A" division NWBHL title. What was even more surprising, was that the team's go-to player, Harp Kalkat, was actually absent from the lineup for this game. Undaunted, the Giants pulled together as a team and defended well, also burying the majority of their scoring chances. However, I would be remiss if I did not mention the goaltending heroics of Adam Butler. He put on a show in this game stopping 32 of 33 shots, many in spectacular style. This caps an absolutely unreal playoff run for Adam. When all was said and done, his four playoff starts netted him three first stars and a third star! His GAA finished at 3.00 and his Save % was a shade under the .900 mark, versus some of the best shooters in the league. Offensively, the team was led through the playoff run by Harp Kalkat who still finished with a playoff best 8 points, despite missing the final game. Herman Sunner, Rajan Boparai, and Simran Bhatti also finished high in the postseason scoring race, each with at least 5 points. Congratulations to the Giants on winning the 2014/15 "A" Division Championship!


League President, Jeff Brailsford, presents the "A" Division
Championship Trophy to the Giants leadership group of
Paul Grewal, Ron Sandhu, and Bobby Grewal

Adam Bulter receives the "A" Div Playoff MVP





Warhawks Win First Championship! /
Giants Take First Game of "A" Final


    The Richmond Warhawks captured their first Northwest League title as they completed a playoff sweep on Saturday. They beat the Panthers 4-2 in the second game of the final, with Bronson Cooper picking up a goal and an assist, including an important insurance marker. Shane Ram stopped 24 of 26 shots to pick up the win and the game's first star. He finishes the playoffs with some unreal numbers: A 3-0 record with a 1.92 GAA and .913 Save Percentage. His impressive performance also garnered him "B" Division Playoff MVP honours. He edged out a trio of other Warhawks to take that award as Bronson Cooper (4-4-3-7), Mike Craig (4-4-2-6), and Larry Mey (4-2-4-6), also had outstanding playoff runs. Team GM Sunny Basi was there to receive the championship trophy and he brought up with him the other two original Warhawks players, Cyril Duncan, and Kevin Booth, that also began the trek 11 long seasons ago when the team was a struggling expansion franchise. Congratulations to the Warhawks on winning the 2014/15 "B" Division Championship!


Kevin Booth, Sunny Basi, and Cyril Duncan receive the "B" Div Championship Trophy

Shane Ram receives the "B" Div Playoff MVP


    The Surrey Giants took the first game of the "A" Div Finals, holding off a late surge by the Jaguars to win 4-3. Harp Kalkat continues to get the job done offensively, picking up two goals and an assist on the night. On the other side of the ledger, Adam Butler continues to slam the door, as he stopped 24 of 27 to pick up the win. He has earned a star in each of his team's playoff games so far. Brenden Ham supplied the offence for the Jaguars, firing in a pair of goals in a losing effort. He and his team will have a chance to equalize the series on Saturday as they try to stave off elimination and prevent the Giants' threepeat.






Giants Head To Finals /
Warhawks Draw First Blood


    The Giants overcame an early 2-0 deficit to rally for a 7-4 win over an undermanned Thrashers team in the deciding game of the "A" division semifinal. Rajan Boparai recorded the hat-trick in the win with Herman Sunner picking up a trio of assists. Harp Kalkat also notched a pair of goals for the Giants. Adam Butler was also instrumental in the win making 25 saves as the Thrashers had the territorial edge and actually out shot the Giants by a 29-18 margin. The victory puts the Giants into the championship final against a Jaguars team that they've had trouble with all year.

    The opening game of the "B" final is in the books, and it's the Warhawks that get on the board first. The team used the powerplay to their advantage with a couple of goals in a 5-1 victory. Larry Mey was spectacular in a 2 goal, 2 assist effort that saw him with control of the ball all night. Michael Craig also delivered, notching a 2-1-3 evening including both powerplay goals. Shane Ram continues to be unbeatable, as he turned aside 20 of the 21 shots that came his way. Game two of the Finals goes on Saturday with the Panthers trying to equalize and the Warhawks looking to lay claim to their first NWBHL title.





Playoff Previews

    The "A" Division Finals preview is now up to complete the collection. Enjoy!

    For the second straight year, we have the put the nifty photography skills of long time Ndub player Craig "Fram" Hagan to good use as our preview graphic backdrops, or "Framscapes" as I have dubbed them!


(3) Panthers vs (1) Warhawks


(3) Giants vs (1) Jaguars

(4) Ghostriders vs (1) Warhawks


(3) Giants vs (2) Thrashers

(3) Panthers vs (2) Rage





Warhawks and Panthers Win Game 1 /
Jaguars Claim Playoff Bye


    The "B" division playoffs got off to a rousing start as the Warhawks and Panthers each drew first blood in their respective series. The Warhawks downed the Ghostriders 5-2 with Sunny Basi scoring a pair, but the real story of the game was the shutdown job the Hawks did on the Ghostriders in the second half holding the team to just two shots on goal! Overall, the final shot count read 35-13 in the Warhawks favour. The other "B" semifinal saw the Panthers also with an impressive start to their playoff campaign, as they handled the Rage 6-2. The team really spread the scoring around in this one with four players getting a pair of points and an additional four players with a single point. The Rage team was struck a big blow when one of their key defenders, Dave Snyder, was a game time scratch due to an injury in the warmup. Both the Ghostriders and the Rage will have an opportunity to even up the series with a win this Saturday in Game 2.

    Over in the "A" division, the Jaguars won another hotly contested game by a 5-3 score to earn the automatic Finals berth. Brenden Ham paced all scorers with a goal and three assists to secure the first NWBHL scoring title of his career after a couple of runner-up finishes. He also cracked the elusive 50 point plateau. The Jags' win sets up a tantalizing "A" semi with the Giants and the Thrashers. They play twice this weekend, with the first game scheduled for Saturday at 8:00 and with game 2 going Sunday at 2:30.





Important Announcement Regarding League Fees


    There has been an issue of growing concern over the last few seasons. Teams have been increasingly resistant to paying off their league fees. Though I have given these teams plenty of leeway as to the payment deadlines, this problem persists. Time and time again I have tried to collect, and yet some teams still have a sizeable amount of fees still owing, despite the fact that the season is almost finished. This is absolutely unacceptable. Things have now reached the breaking point and this absolutely cannot continue. Any teams that have not paid their league fees in full on or before Thursday, February 19th will be ejected from the playoffs! Update: GM's of the last two teams owing fees have put in their final payment, so we are all systems go for playoffs! However, there are still some individual players that may owe their fees to their respective teams, and I urge you to be considerate and get your funds in to your GM.





Playoff Schedule Now Posted


    The 2014/15 season Playoff Schedule is now posted. Things will kick off for the "B" Division February 14th, with the "A" div starting their semifinal a week later on the 21st. Those two teams will have a quick turnaround and be back at it for Game 2 just one day later on the 22nd with a scheduled 2:30 start time. This will likely be the only Sunday of the playoffs, and will keep the top seed from being inactive for too long with their first round bye. If Game 3's are necessary in either division, they will be played on Feb 28th, but if not, then look for the Finals to begin on that day. As always, you can find the link to the playoff schedule on the navigation column to the left of the page under "Playoffs".





Ghostriders Clinch Playoffs!


     The Vancity Ghostriders just punched their playoff ticket with a huge 3-2 win over the Panthers. Riley McQuillan scored the game winner with just under two minutes remaining on the clock. It's the third consecutive victory for this team, who have put things together at just the right time. The win for the Ghostriders unfortunately puts an end to the Devils' postseason dreams. Though the two teams play each other in their final game of the season and the Devils can tie the Riders in points, they fall victim to an unusual tiebreaker. The Ghostriders had a point stripped earlier in the season for a forfeit, so even tied with the Devils, the Riders would actually have a better season record. It's been a solid first season for the Devils and they have turned many heads in their inaugural Northwest League campaign. They look to have a bright future ahead of them! As for the Ghostriders, who are locked into the fourth seed, their first round opponent will be the Richmond Warhawks, who also clinched top spot last night with their 3-2 win over the Devils. Nick McNicol scored the late game winning goal in that contest. (This next part was corrected from the original text) The Rage and Panthers will meet in the other semifinal, with the Rage getting the second seed regardless of the Panthers' outcome in the final week, due to their head to head record this season. 





Dave Fisher Hits 700!


    In all the hubbub of the playoff races, I completely missed acknowledging Dave Fisher hitting the 700 point mark. The big moment actually came a couple of weeks ago when Dave put in his typical day at the office, collecting 6 points against the Mercenaries. The milestone came in dramatic fashion as he assisted Jay Dove's top corner bullet to win the game for the Thrashers. Dave becomes only the fifth player in league history to reach the exclusive 700 point club, joining Stan McClellan, Rod Wardell, Dan Molatore, and Jay Dove. For more info on his career numbers or to see the all-time leaders list, click one of the links listed below. And once again, a belated congrats on 700, Dave!

Dave Fisher: Career Stats            NWBHL Career Leaders





Remaining Opponents


    We are one week closer to finishing the season, and I have now updated the remaining games chart. The crossover portion of the schedule is now complete, so the the teams will be able to match up with their peers for all remaining games. Teams in red have a winning % over .666 in their past 5 games, while teams in blue are under .333 in their past five. Black indicates the team falls somewhere in between.

TeamRemaining GamesOpp. Record
JaguarsCrooks, Giants, Thrashers31-15-2 (.667)
Thrashers Giants, Crooks, Jaguars34-13-1 (.718)
GiantsThrashers, Jaguars, Crooks34-12-2 (.729)
Crooks Jaguars, Thrashers, Giants36-11-1 (.760)
 
Warhawks Devils, Chiefs7-25-0 (.219)
Rage Chiefs1-15-0 (.063)
PanthersGhostriders, Mercenaries9-23-1 (.576)
GhostridersPanthers, Devils14-17-1 (.453)
DevilsWarhawks, Ghostriders15-16-1 (.484)





Roster Deadline


     This season's roster deadline will be Sunday, January 18th. Teams will have until that time to submit their final 25 man roster. For those teams that have previously exceeded the 25 names that can be printed on the gamesheet, please make sure to doublecheck that there isn't somebody who's name was removed that you feel should be there. After the deadline expires, you may only use players from your 25 player list with the exception of emergency goaltenders.

     As I have been on vacation over the holidays (and deeply wrapped up in the world of the WJC!), I haven't been able to update the site much recently, but look for the updates to start rolling in, starting with the Power Rankings and BHCB which have just been uploaded.





The Riz Report: Week 14


    The final Riz Report of 2014 is now available for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Week 14 Introduction  Intro
Giants @ Thrashers  Preview
Crooks @ Jaguars  Preview
Devils @ Panthers  Preview
Rage @ Mercenaries  Preview
Warhawks @ Chiefs  Preview


Previews from previous weeks:

Week 3     Week 6     Week 9    Week 12
Week 4     Week 7     Week 10   Week 13
Week 5     Week 8     Week 11





Jeff Heer Joins The 500 Club!


    Jeff Heer became the third Thrashers player in the last couple of weeks to hit a major Northwest League milestone, as he registered three points to join the 500 point club. Jeff did it in notable fashion, helping to set up the overtime winner in a 6-5, come-from-behind win against the Surrey Crooks. Click the image below to see his career stats.






Thrashers Milestone Madness Begins


    The Surrey Thrashers have a host of players that are at or very close to several major Northwest League milestones. This past week saw Roy Cabrita and Jay Dove each hit a major mark in their game vs the Panthers. Roy recorded his 600th career point as part of a huge 2 goal, 3 assist effort, becoming just the 7th man to reach that lofty plateau. Jay Dove notched a pair of goals to hit the 300 mark. This is all the more impressive considering that he is a defenseman. He is the 6th player to record his 300th goal, but the first to do so while playing almost exclusively as a dman. Look for more big milestone announcements in the coming weeks as fellow Thrashers Taz Dhillon, Jeff Heer, and Dave Fisher are also nearing some major marks. Click an image below to see their career stats.






Spring 2014 Award Nominees

     It's been a productive start to the season on NWBHL.com with numerous features being unleashed for our insatiable fans. Having said that, a rather major piece of housekeeping from last year has continually been pushed back. Only now that we've had a mini break in the schedule due to thanksgiving, have I been able to get to the long awaited Spring 2014 season awards. Without further ado, here are the nominees for the various categories. The winners (appearing in red) will be announced one per day. As always, good luck to all the nominees!

"A" MVP "A/B" Top Goaltender "A" Top Defensemen
Sunny Basi (Warhawks)
Dave Fisher (Ghostriders)
Sean Grewal (Warhawks)
Dennis Hintz (Barons)
Craig Houle (Barons)
Waseem Khalil (Ghostriders)
(5 game minimum)
Rick Baker (Ghostriders)
Eddy Bordignon (Barons)
Bill Lundholm (Mercenaries)
Shane Ram (Warhawks)
Cliff Stayner (Rage)

(Due to the low number of
qualifying goalies this season,
the divisions have been
merged for this award)








Kevin Booth (Warhawks)
Jay Dove (Ghostriders)
Craig Houle (Barons)
Dave Penland (Barons)
"B" MVP "B" Top Defensemen
Chase Butler (Chiefs)
Paul Heer (Rage)
Floyd Jewell (Rage)
Karson Levack (Mercenaries)
Mitch Miller (Rage)
Myles Scott (Mercenaries)
Tyler Beliveau (Chiefs)
Derek Bjornson (Chiefs)
Jamil Jeraj (Mercenaries)
Mitch Miller (Rage)
Dave Syder (Rage)

Top Rookie Most Sportsmanlike Unsung Hero
Gary Dhillon (Rage)
Kevin Geddert (Mercenaries)
Paul Heer (Rage)
Karson Levack (Mercenaries)
Jason Makowski (Chiefs)
Shane Ram (Warhawks)

Derek Bjornson (Chiefs)
Steve Bourne (Barons)
Sean Grewal (Warhawks)
Paul Heer (Rage)
Myles Scott (Mercenaries)

Harjot Bratch (Stingrays)
Muni Dutta (Warhawks)
Jeremy Sales (Chiefs)
Aidan Trerise (Mercenaries)
Mario Trionfi (Barons)

"A" Scoring Title "A" 3 Star Cup "A" Playoff MVP

Dave Fisher (Ghostriders)

Dave Fisher (Ghostriders)

Kerry Nikolai (Barons)

"B" Scoring Title "B" 3 Star Cup "B" Playoff MVP
Karson Levack (Mercenaries) Karson Levack (Mercenaries)

Mitch Miller (Rage)






Full Season Schedule Now Posted


    The remainder of the regular season schedule has now been posted. The "B" division will end on February 7th with playoff games starting on the 14th. "A" div wraps up a week later with its regular season end date on the 14th and playoffs starting on the 21st.





Both Division Previews Now Posted


    The 2014/15 NWBHL Season Preview is now posted for both divisions. The tightness of the divisions this season has forced me to abandon any predictions on what order these teams will finish in, so you'll find them simply listed alphabetically. Click the image below to check out the feature.






Drinking Policy Update


    The league has been fighting for years with those that disregard the Queen's Park no drinking policy. Once again it was a problem this past week, and it once again resulted in a conversation with the Arenex manager. Here is a copy of the message he sent to me Monday morning:

Hi Jeff,

The Queen’s Park Arenex has implemented a no drinking policy. If we are unable to determine what hockey team broke this policy, we will fine the league.
  1. First team offence, Written Warning to the hockey league, which you can pass on to the appropriate team.
  2. Second team offence, $100 fine to the hockey league, which you can pass on to the appropriate team.
  3. Third team offence, the team is no longer permitted in the building.
Under no circumstances should players be seen drinking outside of dressing rooms or bringing alcohol in or out of the building, (i.e. no coolers being rolled in and out). If empty beer cans are left in the dressing room, this is cause for penalty! If a team comes into the dressing room and finds empty cans already there, have them bring it to the attention of the office so that they are not penalized and we can determine what team was last in there.

Jay Young | Manager, Queen's Park Arenex

    Needless to say, this is a bad path for the league and its member teams to be going down. I would ask each of you to recommit to the idea of making sure this league can successfully operate over the long haul, and move your drinking activities to a pub or to someone's personal residence. This is a serious matter, and offending teams will be dealt with as outlined in the above message.





Season Format Announcement


    The 2014/15 regular season format has now been decided. The particular number of teams in action this year has made for some minor irregularities regarding the schedule. For the first time in league history, the "A" division will be playing a 19 game schedule to even things out. The "A" teams will play one another four times each (twelve games total), with a crossover game against each of the seven "B" div teams. The "B" div will play each "A" team once (four games total) as well as each team from their own division twice. That currently adds up to sixteen games. For the remaining two games, the "B" teams will play two more divisional rivals that were selected at random to get each club up to the usual number of eighteen. The third week of the schedule has now been posted and the remainder of the season will be up in the near future.





The Season Begins!


    The Northwest League Fall season kicks off tonight with a full slate of games. Every team is in action with the exception of the Ghostriders, who drew the first week bye. The opening game is an intriguing match-up featuring one of the league's new members, the Panthers, taking on the Spring "B" div champs, the Rage. Another new team, the Devils, takes on one of last year's expansion entries, the Chiefs, in what could actually be an important early game for both teams. The "B" schedule wraps up at with a beauty as a pair of division heavyweights, the Warhawks and Mercenaries, hook up at 8:30. The "A" div begins at 6:30 with the Crooks returning to Ndub action with a match-up against the always dangerous Thrashers. The night concludes with a real showcase game featuring the Jaguars and Giants. Look for these two elite teams to battle hard all season, but it's early bragging rights for one of them with an opening night win.

    The website has also now added a News Feed page that will archive all of the stories from the recent past. This will allow me to de-clutter the home page somewhat, while allowing greater access to some of the previous content that would previously just get erased. Look for the link to the archive in the navigation section on the left of the page.





The Bad Hockey Card Blog Goes BarDown!


    The much enjoyed Ndub side project "The Bad Hockey Card Blog", achieved national status this week as it was featured in a story on TSN.ca's BarDown segment. Check it out at TSN.ca/Bardown. Though the plan is to go down to a once-a-week entry format this season, in honour of this latest achievment, there will be some bonus entries posted over the next few days for your enjoyment.





The 2014/15 Team Lineup Revealed


    The starting lineup for the 14/15 NWBHL Fall season has been announced. "A" Division will consist of the Crooks, Giants, Jaguars, and Thrashers. The "B" div will include the Chiefs, Ghostriders, Mercenaries, Rage, Warhawks, and a pair of new entries, the Surrey Devils, and New West Panthers. With only four teams in "A", we will need some crossover between the divisions this year, although it will be on a limited basis. The first couple of weeks of the schedule have now been posted.





The NWBHL Season Trailer Arrives!









The Season Countdown Is On...


     The Northwest League's Fall campaign is set to kick off its schedule on September 6th this year (as we return to the Saturday schedule), meaning that we are now just three weeks away from some actual game action! The final roster of teams is currently being locked in and we should be able to announce the lineup in the next few days. Look for a least a couple of new teams to make their NWBHL debuts!
     I am also pleased to announce the signing of long time NWBHLer Riz Abbas as a columnist on the site this year. He will be doing some weekly previews for us, as well as contributing to some other exciting new features that will be appearing on the site throughout the season. Some of your other favourite features are also back for another run, with the weekly Power Rankings and Bad Hockey Card Blog also making their return. If you would like to be a guest columnist on NWBHL.com, please feel free to drop me a line.





R.I.P. Ryan Taylor


Ryan Taylor

1978-2014
     The NWBHL mourns the loss of one of its own with the passing of Ryan Taylor this week. He played 75 games over six seasons with both the Rage and the Barons and was well liked by his teammates.

There are some nice high resolution pictures of Ryan from the NWBHL image vault that I would like to share.

Ryan Taylor - Rage (From 11/24/2007)

Ryan Taylor - Rage (From 11/24/2007)

Ryan Taylor - Barons (From 3/27/2011)

My deepest condolences go out to his friends and family.






The Barons Win The "A" Division Championship!

     The Langley Barons celebrated their 8th NWBHL Championship with a 6-3 win over a game Warhawks team. The team's last league title came in the Spring 2011 season. The Barons franchise has authored a great reclamation story after they struggled to a 1-15-2 record during the 2012/13 season, before starting the rebuild this past fall. A solid season in "B" gave the team enough momentum to push their way back to the "A" division this season and a late season surge would give them the coveted semifinal bye. The Barons would show their depth and offensive explosiveness in the final against the Warhawks as the team won both games on their way to the title. The ageless Kerry Nikolai played some of the best hockey of his career in the final, lighting up the scoresheet with 5 goals and a pair of assists in just two games, winning him Playoff MVP honours in the process. Dennis Hintz continued his strong late season play as well, collecting 3 goals and an assist in the final. Dean Salsnek was solid in the Barons goal, stopping 45 of 51 shots in the series, many of them being of high quality. The Warhawks' Amrit Shergill also is deserving of recognition for his play, including a playoff high 6 goals, albeit in a losing effort.


The Langley Barons championship team picture is also available in an uncut, hi-res format. To see it click here.




The Rage Win The "B" Division Championship!

     The Burnaby Rage have won the NWBHL "B" division Championship with a 4-2 win over the North Van Mercenaries. It is the team's first title in their 25 season history, which doesn't even include several seasons that the franchise spent under a couple of different names. The Rage won the decisive game 2 by a 4-2 score against a depleted Mercenaries roster that was missing many of its top players. There were several solid performers for the Rage throughout the playoff run. Goaltender Cliff Stayner posted a perfect 4-0 record along with some other very impressive numbers, including a 1.75 GAA and .899 Save Percentage. Floyd Jewell was also highly productive with a well balanced stat line of 4-4-4-8, to finish second in the playoff scoring race. However, Playoff MVP honours would go to Mitch Miller (pictured), who not only led the div with 9 points, but quarterbacked the Rage all over the floor, and did a masterful job in his own zone.


The Burnaby Rage championship team picture is also available in an uncut, hi-res format. To see it click here.


Northwest Ball Hockey League Playoffs


"A" Div - Finals

 

"B" Div - Finals

Barons win series 2-0   Rage win series 2-0
 

"A" Div - Semis

 

"B" Div - Semis

    Warhawks win series 2-1   Rage win series 2-0   Mercenaries win 2-0

1st
Round
Bye

     




Spring 2014 Playoffs - Night 2

     The Burnaby Rage move on to the Finals after a 7-3 victory over the Fraser Valley Chiefs in the second game of their "B" division semifinal. The Chiefs put up a great fight with many of their players out of the lineup with a possible case of "elimination flu", as the team was steamrolled in the first game of the series. Despite playing much of the game with only a single sub, the Chiefs were within a goal of the Rage well into the second period. In the end, the Rage's depth proved too much as Mitch Miller and Floyd Jewell each scored a pair of goals. Miller leads all playoff scorers with 7 points in just a couple of games played. This will be the Rage's second trip to the finals in the team's 25 season history.

     Looking to put an early end to their series with the Stingrays, the Mercenaries jumped out to a commanding 6-1 lead after the first. The Stingrays squad, minus a bunch of their star players, would mount a gutsy comeback, outscoring the Mercs 4-1 in the second, but the comeback would fall short in an eventual 7-5 loss. Silvan Harper would record 2-2-4 in the win and Karson Levack would provide a pair of goals and an assist, including the back breaking 7th goal to end the comeback. The Mercenaries now move on to play the Rage in the "B" Finals, as they continue a successful first season of NWBHL action.

     A thrilling "A" div semifinal will need a third game as the Ghostriders evened things up with a 5-4 victory on Sunday. With a potential call missed at the other end, the Warhawks took a pair of careless penalties to put themselves down two men in the final minutes of the game. The team had the first penalty nearly killed when Jay Dove fired a laser for the game winning goal. After being shut down in the first game, Dave Fisher was back to his usual self, picking up the natural hat-trick and an assist in the win. Jay Dove would also add a pair of helpers to his powerplay goal. Shane Ram was once again brilliant in the Warhawks net, but this time in a losing effort. Game three goes Friday, June 27th with the top seeded Barons awaiting the winner in game one of the finals on Sunday, the 29th.

Spring 2014 Playoffs - Night 1

     The first night of action in the Spring 2014 NWBHL Playoffs is in the books and the Rage, Mercenaries, and Warhawks each find themselves up a game in the best of three semi-finals.

     The Rage started the night off with an emphatic 10-1 victory over a nervous looking Chiefs team that was making their playoff debut. Mitch Miller collected five assists and Floyd Jewell notched 2-2-4, as the Rage out shot the Chiefs 43-13.

     In the next game, the Mercenaries shutout the Stingrays 3-0 as goaltender Ron Campbell filled in nicely for the injured Bill Lundholm. Kevin Geddert scored a pair of goals and Luke Tully contributed a goal and two helpers to the win.

     Amrit Shergill fired home two goals including the winner, three minutes into extra time as the Warhawks downed the Ghostriders 4-3. Shane Ram was brilliant throughout the late stages and into OT, making save after remarkable save in the Warhawks net.

     These teams will have their first opportunities to wrap their respective series up on Sunday with the Game 2's.

Amrit Shergill greets his Warhawks teammates after scoring the overtime winner





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