Houston Luckies won 4-2 last Saturday against Omineca Way, putting them at eighth in the CIHL and one step closer to the playoffs.
“It’s a step in the right direction,” said Luckies assistent captain Derek Dinelle, adding that they’ll need at least three more wins in their last six games.
But Dinelle says he thinks the Luckies chances are good for making the playoffs.
“This is going to to be a turn around,” he said of the Saturday night win.
“If we stay out of the penalty box, we’re going to win.”
Saturday’s game started off slow, but ended with excited cheers from Luckies fans, celebrating the well-deserved win.
With a slow start, Omineca was on the scoreboard first, with a late first period goal.
But Luckies came out strong in the second, with Skylar Hasell scoring a great goal only 12 seconds in, making the score 1-1.
The teams fought hard back and forth for the rest of the second, until Omineca Way scored another late goal, ending the second period 2-1 for Omineca.
The third period saw more action and intensity, as both teams fought hard for the win.
Six minutes into the third, Cole Hasell got the puck by the boards near the blue line, tipping it off to Randy Szkdlik who was skating towards the net.
Szkdlik took the puck just behind the net on the left side, and fired it up to Tim Martens, who was cutting in from the right.
Martens fired the puck into the back of the net, finishing the play and evening the score 2-2.
As the third period continued, fans were unnerved when Skylar Hasell took a two minute boarding penalty with seven minutes left on the clock, but Luckies goalie David Little held off the power play, maintaining the even 2-2 score.
Luckies amped up thier game for the last five minutes of play, with Jayden Janzen earning the Luckies a 3-2 lead with five minutes left on the clock.
Pumping with excited energy, Luckies took their lead and ran with it, with Skylar Hasell firing off another great goal and ending the game 4-2.
Asked about the Luckies strengths, captain Alonzo Slaney said they dominated down low, and Dinelle and goalie David Little both played a great game.
“Derek was on his game tonight,” said Slaney, adding that his work ethic is “bar none in this league.”