Manypeaks back in winning form
Manypeaks snapped a three-game losing streak when they knocked off ladder-leaders North Albany in round 12 of the Albany Retravision Lower Great Southern Hockey Association men’s A-grade competition on Saturday.
Peaks had not won since round eight and were flogged 13-0 in their most recent encounter with Redbacks.
Goals from youngster James Plowman and senior head Chris Metcalfe guided Peaks to a 2-1 win over Redbacks in what turned out to be an exciting contest from start to finish.
With regular goalkeeper Heath Cremasco on State country duties, Brayden Perrella stepped up and was a key part of the reason Peaks won.
Plowman was also impressive as Peaks secured all three points and moved within a game of the Redbacks in the top spot with three games left in the regular season.
Ashley Eikelboom was a standout for Redbacks, scoring their only goal.
Meanwhile in the other men’s A-grade fixture, Mt Barker broke through for their maiden win of the season.
Hayden Mills’ strike was enough to secure a much-needed win for Mt Barker as they edged out Spencer Park-Tigers.
Spencer Park-Tigers goalie Antony Payne kept his side in the contest, but the work of Ben Pratt and Hugh Hudson was vital to Mt Barker’s breakthrough result.
There is plenty on the line in the final three rounds of the season as Peaks, Redbacks and Spencer Park-Tigers all fight for a top-two spot and a finals double chance.
There was only one women’s A-grade game played as Manypeaks continued their strong season, beating Mt Barker 3-1.
Alice Lydiate, Leah Field and Renae Parsons all found the back of the net to cancel out the goal from Mt Barker’s Shaydn Gardner.
Peaks are well clear on top, but their opponent in the second semifinal is unknown, with just three points separating second to fourth.
Reigning premiers Spencer Park are still in the mix to play finals despite sitting last with 8.99 points.
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