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By: Terry Frey
Posted: 02/9/2017 8:21 AM
The SRSS Sabres pulled off their most impressive victory of the season yesterday in Steinbach, as they won their astounding 13th game in a row with a 5-4 overtime victory over the first place St. Paul's Crusaders.
After Eric Toews tied the game for the Sabres with just 59 seconds remaining in regulation, Hyde Rickard scored the winner at 1:29 of overtime. Rickard had two goals and an assist in the game as he also scored a key marker with 4:37 left in the third, which gave the Sabres a shortlived lead at the time, before St. Paul's tied it just 36 seconds later, setting the stage for the dramatic tying and winning goals by the Sabres.
The Sabres scored the lone goal of the first as Parker Janz connected midway through the opening frame. Then Carter Driedger made it 2-0 Steinbach midway through the second before the Crusaders exploded for three goals in just a two-minute span late in the period to take a 3-2 advantage into the third.
"This win for us was absolutely huge," said head coach Lawney Penner. "We were missing four players due to injury. For these guys to win their 13th straight against a team like St. Paul's is impressive, and it's another confidence builder going into the playoffs."
It was the second time in three meetings this year the Sabres beat St. Paul's. The Crusaders lead the Winnipeg High School League's Winnipeg Free Press Division #1 with 52 points on a record of 17-3-2 while the Sabres are now just three points back with a record of 17-5-0 and importantly the Sabres now have a four-point edge on third place College Beliveau. The top two two finishers in the division receive a first round bye in the playoffs.
With two games remaining the Sabres still can finish first but they would need St. Paul's to lose one of their final two games.
The Sabres are back in action today in Winnipeg as they take on Glenlawn at 4:15 p.m. at St. Vital Arena. SRSS will close out their regular season Feb. 15 at 4:15 p.m. versus Gabrielle Roy at Ile des Chenes.
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League released its 2017-18 regular season schedule earlier this week and at first glance seems to be a favourable one for the Steinbach Pistons.
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