Despite two impressive performances from the Farmers to begin the conference semi-final series, the Carberry Plainsmen find themselves in the drivers seat with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
Neepawa came into the series as the underdog, ranked sixth in the conference as opposed to Carberry’s top seed, but the games haven’t been as lopsided as may have been expected heading in.
In Game 1 Friday in Neepawa, the squads went back-and-forth, with the Farmers often looking more the threat.
A pair of goals from Lance Nugent, as well as one from Cam Tibbett, put Neepawa up 3-1 midway through the second period. However, Carberry’s Ryan Halliday was able to deke his way to two goals before the period ended to tie it at 3-3.
The third period continued some exciting action, but remained scoreless, and it was Carberry’s Dustin Fisher who scored the game-winner in overtime to give the Plainsmen the early series advantage with a 4-3 win.
Curtis Nelson took the loss in net for Neepawa.
Saturday’s game in Neepawa saw a bit more offense.
Carberry led 3-1 after two periods, before the two squads went off to combine to score 10 goals in the third period. When the dust settled, it was still Carberry who held the 8-6 edge though, winning their second straight in the series.
Travis Tilley led the way for Neepawa with two goals, while Tibbett and Rempel both had one goal with three assists, Nugent scored once with two helpers and Eric Jury notched the Farmers’ other goal.
Brad Nelson tended the net for Neepawa in the game, squaring off against Carberry’s Kris Jon Bjarnason.
The next game will be Wednesday in Carberry. If necessary, Game 4 will return to Neepawa Saturday at 8 p.m. and Game 5 will be played Monday night in Carberry.