The Spruce Grove Saints have struck the first two blows in the battle of Highway 16.
Spruce Grove defeated the Sherwood Park Crusaders 4-3 in overtime and 4-2 in back-to-back contests to start the Alberta Junior Hockey League Season with a record of 2-0-0. Their four points tie them for the division lead with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons through opening weekend.
“When you make a mistake with the puck Sherwood Park takes advantage of that. I think in the second half of the game Friday and particularly in the second period of the game Saturday, we did a good job of managing the game in the areas we need to to be successful,” said Saints head coach Bram Stephen.
After two periods of tightly contested hockey, the two teams exchanged blows in the final frame to head into overtime tied 3-3. Jayden Davis opened the scoring for Spruce Grove with the lone goal in the first, before Dylan Guenther tied it for the Crusaders with the lone goal in the second period.