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Red Devils trounce Coalers to open Big Six season

Carnduff scored six times in the first period and five times in the second.
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The puck has dropped on the 2022-23 Big Six Hockey League season.

BIENFAIT - The 2022-23 Big Six Hockey League season began the same way that the previous one ended: with a Carnduff Red Devils victory.

Carnduff routed the Bienfait Coalers 12-2 Saturday night in Bienfait. It was the first meeting between the two teams since last season’s thrilling best-of-three quarter-final series, which Carnduff won 2-1 on their way to their first league title since 2007. But Saturday night’s game had little suspense.

Nico Anderson scored the first goal in the league this season 3:45 into the first period to give the Red Devils a 1-0 lead. Two goals by Trey Stocker, and individual tallies by Jackson O’Brien, Tanner Reynolds and Kyle Garagan made it a 6-0 game after the first period.

Garagan, Anderson, Ben Hiltz, Devon Carriere and Justin Smith scored in the second period for Carnduff.

Kaelan Holt and Kaleb Poole scored in the third for Bienfait, while Carriere added his second of the game for the Red Devils.  

Cody Dumaine was in goal for Carnduff, and Zack Miller was the goalie for Bienfait.

Next weekend will be a busy one in the league. Games on Nov. 4 are the Carlyle Cougars at the Kipling-Windthorst Oil Kings, the Oxbow Huskies will visit the Redvers Rockets, and the Red Devils will be at the Arcola-Kisbey Combines.

The following night, the Yellow Grass Wheat Kings will visit Carnduff, Oxbow will visit Kipling-Windthorst, and the Midale Mustangs are at the Combines.

All games are to start at 8 p.m.

A total of 11 teams are in the league this season. Arcola-Kisbey and Kipling-Windthorst are back in the league this year after a hiatus. They will join Carnduff, Bienfait, Carlyle, Oxbow, Redvers, Yellow Grass, Midale, the Moosomin Rangers and the Wawota Flyers.

Teams will play a 20-game schedule.