Justin Spagrud scored two third-period goals only 1:29 apart to stretch the Swift Current Home Hardware Legionnaires’ winning streak to six games with a 2-1 win over the visiting Regina Pat Canadians on Tuesday.
The Legionnaires got out to a slow start and trailed 1-0 after one period on Colby Williams’ powerplay goal for Regina.
The Legionnaires turned it on during the final 40 minutes but struggled to equalize on a number of quality scoring chances, hitting the post twice in the third period and have a goal called back in the second period when it was ruled that the whistle had blown before the goal was scored.
Spagrud tied the contest with 5:17 remaining when he banked a puck off goaltender Travis Pelletier from behind the goal line. He netted the game winner 1:29 later when he converted a centering pass after some hard work down low from captain Cody McKinnon for his team leading 13th goal of the season.
“It is not pretty but at the end of the day we still walk away with the two points,” said head coach Jason Johns.
Lukas Grassl was outstanding in goal with 26 saves to improve to 5-4 this season.
“I think that we started of slow,” said Johns. “Grassl had a great game tonight. He held the fort for us back there. We tell our goalies if you can do that, give us enough time and we will find a way to get her in there. That is why you play 60 minutes. Sometimes you win big and sometimes you just squeak one out. Tonight was a squeaker.”
The Legionnaires moved into fifth place in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League with a 13-9-0-0 mark, while Regina dropped to 4-12-2-1.
“The boys are working hard. They are buying into the system. We have adjusted some things, we have the new coaches behind the bench and it is paying off. It is paying off on the ice and for the whole organization,” said Johns of the current six-game winning streak.
They will be on the road this weekend when they head to Wilcox on Saturday to face the Notre Dame Hounds (6-13-3-0). The two teams will meet again three days later at the Credit Union iplex on Tuesday at 8 p.m.