Daily Herald Staff
For the second straight year the Shellbrook Elks are one win away from claiming the Saskatchewan Hockey Association’s Senior Men’s AAA provincial championship.
This time they hope to finish it off.
The Elks grabbed a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five final against the Rosetown Red Wings with a dramatic 3-2 double overtime victory on Friday. Shellbrook can continue its quest for an Allan Cup championship with a win at home this Friday.
Last year, the Elks were up two games to none in the final against Rosetown only to lose the next three games.
Should the Elks win the provincial title they will take on the Manitoba champion South East Prairie Thunder in the next round with the winner of that series heading to Dundas, Ont., in April for the Allan Cup championship.
Rosetown, which won the opening game of the final series 5-2 before Shellbrook stormed back with a 5-1 decision in Game 2, would host a fifth and deciding game on Sunday should it be required.
While the Elks are busy with the provincial playoffs, they are also still alive in the Fort Carlton Hockey League post-season. After disposing Tisdale in the opening round, the Elks are currently playing Bruno in a semifinal match-up. Games for that series are scheduled when time permits to accommodate the tight timeline remaining to complete the provincial final.
Dmyterko Enterprises Raiders
The season has come to an end for the Dmyterko Enterprises Raiders as they were eliminated from the Centre-Four Hockey League midget division playoffs on Friday.
The Raiders, who lost the opening game of the best-of-three opening-round series 5-2 to the North East Midgets on Wednesday, fell 5-3 in the second game which was played in Nipawin.
Austin Odnokon, Josh McDougall and Josh Hopkins scored for the Raiders.
The NAPA Raiders are on to the semifinals in Centre-Four Hockey League pee wee division action following a sweep of the Tisdale Ramblers in the opening round.
Prince Albert, which won the opening game of the best-of-three series 5-2, completed the sweep with a 7-3 decision on Friday.
Nic Prediger and Dylan Scriven each had two goals to lead the Raiders in the series-clinching win while Jack Kowblick, Kevin Ledoux and Kaleb Charko added singles.
The Raiders now have the daunting task of taking on the unbeaten Warman Wildcats in the next round. Warman, which went 20-0-1 in the regular season, won both meetings against Prince Albert this year. No dates have been announced for that series.
Humboldt and West Central will meet in the other semifinal.
Venice House Raiders
The Prince Albert Venice House Raiders have their backs against the wall if they hope to advance to the Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League’s North Division final following a 5-0 loss to the North East Wolf Pack in the opening game of a best-of-three semifinal on Sunday at the Steuart Arena.
The Raiders, who lost to the Wolf Pack 7-3 on opening night back in September and then beat them 4-1 in the second-to-last game of the regular schedule, will travel to Tisdale on Tuesday for Game 2. Should a third and deciding game be necessary it will be played on Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.
The Sask. Valley Vipers and Humboldt Broncos are squaring off in the other semifinal match-up.