riston Henry must be tired of seeing Dan Nimick lined up at the penalty spot
. Three times this Canadian Premier League season, the Halifax Wanderers centre-back has bested the Forge FC goalkeeper—and on Saturday, Sept. 30, Nimick made his third penalty count, lifting the Wanderers to a 2-1 victory over the defending CPL champions and sending Halifax into the playoffs for the first time since the 2020 Island Games. The Wanderers needed just a single point to clinch their postseason berth. In a match with everything to play for, they ended up with three—and in doing so, have kept their chance at a second- or third-place finish alive.
In this week’s Wanderer Grounds
episode, Coast reporter Martin Bauman is joined by HFX Wanderers FC assistant coach Jorden Feliciano to talk about how Halifax stymied Forge’s well-oiled offense, Massimo Ferrin’s status as a top-10 CPL player and overcoming disappointment in Langley to earn a crucial three points.
(Editor’s note: Martin got excited in the live recording after the match and thought that Halifax had guaranteed they would finish no worse than fourth in the CPL playoff standings. In fact, Atlético Ottawa could still surpass them, but it would require Ottawa winning both on Sunday against York United and next week against Forge FC. The Wanderers would also have to lose to Valour FC on Friday.)