NACI Tigers outlast Crocus Plainsmen



By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

A pair of goals from forward Ben Rainka helped to power the Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute (NACI) Tigers to a 5-4 win over the Crocus Plainsmen on Saturday, Nov. 3. Tyler Gibson, Cody Lamb and Bryan Todoruk also scored for NACI, while goaltender Myle Brister picked up the win between the pipes. 

The game itself was a penalty-filled affair, as Crocus was assessed 57 minutes in total penalties, while NACI accumulated 54 minutes in the sin bin. As the game progressed, both teams started to get a little more chippy out on the ice. That, combined with the official calling a tight game, lead to some frustration on both benches. The majority of the third period featured multiple players from both teams inside the penalty box at the same time. 

Late in the game, things truly boiled over with a few potentially questionable hits from each team. Fortunately, there were no fights either on the ice or in the stands, as a few parents voiced their displeasure for what had transpired.  

Next up for NACI are a pair of games against the Killarney/Wawanesa Raiders (2-0-0). The first game will be on Friday, Nov. 9 in Killarney. That will be followed up with another meeting on Nov. 11 at the Yellowhead Arena. Start time for that game is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.