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Clavet Cougars claim provincial title

The host Clavet Cougars earned a 72-70 victory over the Dalmeny Cougars in an offensive, back-and-forth shootout during the 2A 6-man Provincial Championship Final on Saturday, November 11.

The Clavet Cougars won the 2A 6-man high school football championship with a narrow 72-70 win over the Dalmeny Cougars on Saturday, November 11

The contest came right down to the wire. With under a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, Clavet had the ball on their own 40-yard line and a couple of first downs would’ve sealed it for the club. However, a penalty forced Clavet even deeper in its own end and Dalmeny’s defence forced a two-and-out.
“We ended up in a spot where our emotions got the better of us and we weren’t able to move the ball the way we wanted to,” said Clavet coach Shaun Priel. “We tried to punt the ball on third down and there was a bit of a miscommunication between out quarterback and our kicker and our snap wasn’t in the right place.”
With less then 20 seconds left on the clock, Dalmeny had the ball around midfield and one last chance to win the contest but Clavet’s defence game up big to win the game.
“The boys wanted this one bad and they weren’t going to quit. I’m pretty proud of the guys, they battled right to the end and we made a few mistakes that cost us,” said Dalmeny coach Stephen Kowalchuk.
Even though Dalmeny just came up short, the silver medal is still a big accomplishment. Continue reading “Clavet Cougars claim provincial title”

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Clavet tops Rosthern in provincial football semifinal

The Clavet Cougars prevailed 71-22 over the host Rosthern Longhorns in a 2A 6-man provincial high school football semi-final playoff game on Saturday, November 4.

Clavet’s Lars Hazelwanter tries to break the grasp of Rosthern’s Braylen Knoll during the SHSAA 2A 6-Man Provincial Semifinal on November 4

With the dominant victory, the Cougars punched their ticket to the championship final next weekend on home turf.
The semi-final in Rosthern was played in frigid conditions, but that didn’t seem to bother the Clavet squad. The Cougars got an early advantage on the opening kickoff by recovering the ball on a short kick they executed.
“We tried to put the ball into the holes that are in the field, got a good bounce on that one and we were able to get the ball. When you get it early like that and gain some momentum on your side, it carries through,” said Cougars coach Shaun Priel.
It only took Clavet three plays to find the end zone. Continue reading “Clavet tops Rosthern in provincial football semifinal”

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Vipers advance to Bantam AA north division final

Ty Higgs tries to gain control of the puck while facing pressure put on by Kyle Froehlich during a Bantam AA playoff game, at the Legends Centre on Saturday, March 4

The Sask Valley Vipers defeated the North East Wolf Pack 8-4 on Saturday, March 4. With the win the Vipers now take on the Saskatoon Maniacs in the Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League north division final.
“It was kind of a sloppy game out there, but they did enough things well that got them the win and I’m happy for them,” Vipers coach Shaun Priel said.
The contest was played at the Legends Centre in Warman and Ty Higgs scored the game’s first goal, six and a half minutes into the opening period, which came on the power play.
A few minutes after that goal, the Vipers struck again to take a 2-0 lead, as Darian Sexsmith netted one.
It didn’t take too long for the Wolf Pack to respond, and after creating some havoc in front the Vipers’ net, North East pulled within one goal.
Later in the period, Sask Valley continued to have success on the power play by scoring another goal. The Wolf Pack goaltender made the initial save, but the rebound went to Ryan Conlon, as he was parked right in front of the net, and he quickly scored.
North East was able to get the puck past the Sask Valley net-minder toward the end of the period, but the Vipers led 3-2 going into the middle frame.
Even though the Vipers led at that point, Priel believed that they could’ve started the game stronger.
“I don’t know if … the kids were a little bit nervous, (but) we played a little tentative in the first period, Priel said. “We came ahead after the first period which was a good thing. But just the fact that we scored a couple of goals it gave the kids confidence to build off of.”
The Vipers started the second period generating pressure in the Wolf Pack’s zone and eventually netted two goals in the frame. Josh Pillar scored both goals.
Sask Valley kept North East off of the scoreboard and led 5-2 going into the final 20 minutes.
Both teams exchanged goals in the first half of the period, as Sexsmith was the goal-scorer for the Vipers.
With around five minutes remaining in the game, the Vipers committed a penalty, which led to the Wolf Pack pulling the goalie for the two-man advantage. North East scored on that power play and only trailed 6-4.
But Ethan Grabowski and Keenan Allen each scored an empty netter to put an end to a Wolf Pack comeback.
Priel said the difference in the game is the Vipers scored a couple of goals on the power play. He was glad to see the team finish in those situations.
In the next best-of-three series against the Maniacs, Priel said it will be a challenge as Saskatoon finished in first place in the division, but he his looking forward to it.
“They only had two losses this year, one of those against us. We can compete with them (and) we’re going to have to raise our game to a place that every guy’s committed to be their best,” Priel said.

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