THE MEADOWS RECREATION CENTRE — Deep in the heart of the Big Muddy Badlands in southern Saskatchewan, there’s a place called Big Beaver.
Legend has it, when engineers were cutting the CPR through the Prairies, they encountered one of the biggest beaver dams they had ever seen.
And hence Big Beaver, Sask., was born, grabbing a spot beside Dildo, N.L., and Ball’s Falls, Ont., as one of the best places to take a roadside selfie in Canada.
Your Puckaneers took their first shot at the Beavers Sunday night and the only thing big about the results was the margin of defeat.
PHC fell 7-1 to its furry foes, the same result as when the two teams met in summer league last May.
While the final score looks bad, there were some positives.
PHC battled the Beavers hard for two periods. Miranda played out of her mind early with the help of her posts. The good guys only trailed by one heading into the final frame.
Johnny had an assist in his first game of winter season and Mikey, who is about half the man he used to be, looked really light on his feet.
In the end, it was another third period collapse that did the Buccos in.
PHC falls to 1-7-0 all time against the Beavers with 23 goals for and 53 goals against.
And so we turn our attention to next Sunday and a meeting with the Desert Dawgs — a NCHL transfer that should be beatable.
PHC played Beavers without two of its regular defenders. Having Pat and Dan back will mean new recruit Brent can move up with the forwards and hopefully provide a spark for the offence.
I have no doubt PHC will win some games this year, even with Sunday night’s score.
But, as everybody in Saskatchewan knows, you’ve got to go through Big Beaver to get to Climax.