The Stettler Imperials find themselves in a three-way tie for first place after grounding the Foresburg Flyers on Nov. 10.
Playing on the road in Forestburg, Stettler defeated the Flyers with a score of 5-2.
Both teams played defensively in the first period, with the Flyers striking first blood with two-and-a-half minutes left in the frame with a goal by Bradley Russnak, assisted by Alex Badry and Dallas Bergstrom.
Alex DeYoung, assisted by Adam Ternes, struck back in the dying seconds of the period, tying the score before the buzzer sounded.
The score was tied at one, shots were 21 for Stettler, and seven for Forestburg after 20 minutes of play.
In the First period, the only penalty assessed was to Cory Lohr, who went to the box for two minutes for interference.
Kicking things off in the second period, Ternes found the back of the net for the Imperials, assisted by DeYoung and Brenden Tucker just under three minutes in.
Just past the halfway mark, Brett Muhlbach, assisted by Devan Shanks and Lanny Duncan, found the back of the net himself.
By the end of the period, Stettler was up three to one. Shots on goal in the period were nine for Stettler and 13 for Forestburg.
In the second, the Imperials took the bulk of the penalties with DJ Kistner going off around four minutes into the period for holding, and Austin Stahlberg and Brett Muhlbach each going off for roughing.
The lone Flyer penalty in the period was taken by Dallas Berstrom, who went off for a pair for roughing with just under three minutes left.
Forestburg found the back of the net again in the third period; Bryan Davis, assisted by Bergstrom picked up the team’s second goal for the night.
Quade Cassidy answered back with six minutes left, assisted by Erik Rost.
Brett Muhlbach picked up his second of the night, assisted by Shanks, with just over four minutes left.
Shots on goal in the third period were 11 for Stettler and 18 for Forestburg.
Penalties in the third period were mixed; Forestburg received four penalties for roughing and slashing whereas Stettler picked up five with the same calls.
After 60 minutes, the final score was 5-2 Stettler, shots were 41-38 in favour of Stettler. Stettler had accumulated 16 penalty minutes, and Forestburg 12.
In goal for Stettler was Davin Nattestad, who allowed two goals on 38 shots.
The Imperials are back home on Nov. 18 when they face the Sedgewick Sabres.