The Leduc Co-op Riggers were back in action last weekend following the Christmas break, hosting the Beverly Warriors at the Leduc Rec Centre on Friday, Jan. 4.
The Riggers started the game off right, with Parker Huebner scoring to give his team the early lead.
But the Warriors dominated the period from there, scoring three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.
Down two, the Riggers knew they needed to get back on track. And they did just that, with Eric Murray scoring just a few minutes in to cut the Warriors’ lead in half.
Later in the frame, Luke Dunlop found the back of the net for Leduc, tying the game at 3-3.
In the third period, Leduc kept the momentum going. Dunlop scored his second of the game to give the Riggers the lead just minutes into the period.
From there, the Riggers shut the door, and Tyler Smith added an empty net goal for good measure as Leduc won by a final score of 5-3.
Matt Bowers made 34 saves in the game, helping backstop his team to the win with a strong performance.
Two days later, the Riggers were on the road taking on the Edmonton Royals.
This game saw Leduc fall behind in the first period, as the Royals opened the scoring. But a Carson Laird goal with seconds remaining tied things up at 1-1 heading into the second period.
The second was all Edmonton however, as the Royals scored twice to take a 3-1 lead heading into the third and final frame.
The Riggers managed to add one more in the third, but with only seconds remaining on the clock. The game-tying goal proved out of reach, as the Royals won 3-2.
The game was a penalty-filled affair, with both teams combining for 144 minutes in penalties, the majority coming in the third period alone.
The weekend split has the Riggers sitting in sixth place in the east division, but still holding on to a winning record on the season at 14-13-1. After playing a game against Sherwood Park on Jan. 6, the Riggers will be on the road on Jan. 11 taking on Fort Saskatchewan, before returning home to host the Beaumont Chiefs on Jan. 13.