Red River, Springfield Win HTJHL Openers

The Hanover Tachi Junior Hockey League, which is celebrating its 30th season, got underway this weekend in Manitoba. Four of seven league teams were in action with the remaining three getting a chance to watch their competition.

Jeremy Anstett of Red River Mudbugs scored the first goal of the season on his way to a hat trick helping the Mudbugs down Mitchell Mohawks 6-3. His linemate Sam Friesen assisted on all three goals while scoring one of his own to finish a four-point night.

It took over 22 minutes before Zach Cumming scored first for the Steinbach Huskies, but it would not be the last goal against the Springfield Xtreme. The two teams battled back-and-forth all night ending in a 5-5 tie. Springfield earned the extra point in the standing winning the shootout.

Defending champion Lorette Comets open their campaign with a midweek tilt at Steinbach. Returning St. Adophe Hawks, who have been on hiatus since 2006, play their first game on the road in Mitchell Thursday night. Four-time champ Grunthal Red Wings will look to rebound after a down season in 2015-16. They host Lorette on Friday night.

HTJHL Week 2 schedule


  • Lorette Comets at Steinbach Huskies


  • St. Adolphe Hawks at Mitchell Mohawks


  • Lorette Comets at Grunthal Red Wings

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