The Grunthal Red Wings scored five unanswered goals en route to a 5-3 victory over the Ste. Anne Aces Monday night in game one of the Carillon Senior Hockey League's best-of-seven final.

"We played a pretty good game all the way through," said Red Wings captain Jeff Penner. "They came out pretty good. The start was tough but once we got rolling we seemed to be okay. I was proud of our defense."

Goals by Miguel Rondeau and Justin Tremblay staked the defending champion Aces to a 2-0 lead but Grunthal's work on the power play drew the homeside even.

Kyle Lundale and Ryan Frykas scored four minutes apart midway through the middle frame and Landon Plett's even strength goal at 14:24 of the period gave the Red Wings their first lead of the game.

The turning point of game one was the Aces failure to beat Grunthal goaltender Edwin Albert when the visitors enjoyed a seven-minute power play after Wings forward Tim Plett received a two-minute slashing minor and a five minute major for goalie interference with 29 seconds left in the second period.

"It's always tough starting a period on the power play, that's not an excuse but it's a fact," said Ste. Anne captain Steph Pattyn. "We just weren't ready and they beat us to pucks. We couldn't really regroup through the whole six-and-a-half minutes."

Lundale and Jason Frykas scored in the third period for the Red Wings.

Aces forward Keith Grondin made it a 5-3 game when he scored with 5:19 left in regulation.

Ste. Anne wouldn't get any closer.

"Second period we took a couple of shifts off and they tied the game and the momentum started that way," said Aces coach Kevin Lansard. "We got to keep our feet moving and we got to be prepared to play 60 minutes. We know it's going to be a long series - if we don't play 60 minutes, it won't."

Game two goes Friday (8 p.m.) in Ste. Anne and the series returns to Grunthal for game three on Sunday (7 p.m.).

"They're a good team and they're not going to quit," said Lundale. "It's only one game. It's a seven game series. We're going to enjoy this a little bit but we need to get ready for Friday. It's going to be a battle."


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Thursday, March 22nd

Carillon Senior Hockey League
Ste. Anne at Grunthal, 8 p.m.
(Aces lead best of 7 final 3-1)

Eastman vs Pembina Valley
@ Ste. Anne, 6:30 p.m.
(Hawks lead best of 5 final 1-0)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Brandon at Wpg Wild, 7:30 p.m.
(1st game in best of 5 final)

St. Malo at Selkirk, 7:30 p.m.
(Warriors lead best of 7 semifinal 3-1)

Manitoba vs Stockton
@ Wpg, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m.
Arizona at Carolina, 6 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
Florida at Columbus, 6 p.m.
Edmonton at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m.
Washington at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
Toronto at Nashville, 7 p.m.
Vancouver at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Vegas at San Jose, 9 p.m.

Memphis at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia at Orlando, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Houston, 7 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 7 p.m.
Utah at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Atlanta at Sacramento, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21st

Carillon Senior Hockey League
Ste. Anne 7 Grunthal 4
(Aces lead best of 7 final 3-1)

Red River 6 St. Adolphe 2
(Mudbugs lead best of 7 final 3-0)

Arizona 4 Buffalo 1
Pittsburgh 5 Montreal 3
St. Louis 2 Boston 1 (OT)
Anaheim 4 Calgary 0

Cleveland 132 Toronto 129
Philadelphia 119 Memphis 105
Charlotte 111 Brooklyn 105
Miami 119 New York 98
New Orleans 96 Indiana 92
L.A. Clippers 127 Milwaukee 120
Denver 135 Chicago 102
San Antonio 98 Washington 90

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