The Martensville Midget A Marauders Villains closed out their provincial series against the BKS Blackhawks with a 6-3 home victory on February 10.
Martensville entered the contest with a 2-1 lead in the two-game, total goals series.
Villains coach Kevin Slobodian said it’s been a tough year so far for the Villains, but he was happy to see the team be successful in this series.
“It was a team effort and all our guys played to the best of their ability, and everybody had a role to play,” he said.
Brayden Woods scored the game’s first goal in the opening period to give the Villains an early lead.
Later in the period, Martensville got into some penalty trouble and the Blackhawks had a two-man advantage. However, the defence withstood the pressure and Villains goaltender Scott Kozak made some key saves.
“Our goalie played phenomenal. He’s had a bit of a rough couple of games, but he really rebounded and took the game on his shoulders,” Slobodian said.
The Blackhawks within the final minute of the period and the contest was tied 1-1 going into the middle frame.
Martensville regained it’s lead after Tanner Schick netted a short-handed goal. A few minutes after that goal, the Villains won a faceoff in the Blackhawks’ zone and as Joshua Dunlop was driving toward the net, he got the puck and fired it past the goalie, to give Martensville a 3-1 lead.
BKS quickly responded to pull within one, and shortly after that goal the Marauders went on a four-minute power-play. Martensville took advantage of that opportunity as Liam McKay lit the lamp from the slot.
Martensville’s fourth goal also came on the power-play, as Jamison Ryan found the back of the net. Slobodian said the Villains weren’t capitalizing on their opportunities with the extra man in previous games. “The power-play worked for us this time. It’s not our strong suit, but the boys were able to find a way to put it in the net,” he said.
With just over 13 minutes remaining in the game, Martensville committed a penalty, which was followed by another one. That series of events led to BKS pulling its goalie and the Blackhawks had a three man advantage.
Slobodian said the Villains had to be focused when BKS had that advantage, and the Blackhawks didn’t score.
“They knew that they couldn’t over pursue the puck and they just needed to play in their spots and keep the puck to the corners and away from the front of the net. The defencemen did that, the forwards did that and the goalie made the saves,” he said.
McKay netted another goal for the Marauders, and the Villains held the Blackhawks scoreless in the period. Martensville is matched up against Carrot River in the next round of the
provincial playoffs. Game 1 is in Carrot River February 19. Game 2 is in Martensville on Saturday, February 24 at 5:30 p.m.