TONIGHT IS FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT!
story by Play-By-Play Voice of the Red Wings, Steven Wilson, of DiscoverWeyburn.com
Weyburn Red Wings (16-13-1-4) vs Melville Millionaires (13-16-2-0)
Crescent Point Place, Weyburn, SK
The Weyburn Red Wings will be looking to bounce back from a rare shutout loss last night when they take the ice against the Melville Millionaires at Crescent Point Place. The two Viterra Division rivals are meeting for fourth time this season. So far this season, Melville has won two of the three meetings, including a game here in Weyburn on October 21st.
Like The Wings, Melville hasn’t won in their past two games. Most recently, they fell 2-1 to the Melfort Mustangs in overtime. Before that, a 5-4 loss to the Broncos in Humboldt. For Weyburn, their losses have come at the hands of the Mustangs and Broncos as well, both on the road.
Weyburn is playing their first home game in two weeks when they take the ice. The last game at home was a 3-2 overtime loss to the Yorkton Terriers. They are hoping for a different result with the Millionaires in town. To help with the atmosphere, it is Fan Appreciation night for the Red Wings, Admission for everyone is $5.00, and there are specials at the concession and the merchandise booth.
Weyburn will need a bit of luck, though, if they want that success. Last night against Humboldt, they put close to 40 shots on Garrett Mason of the Broncos, but nothing could get past him. There were three posts hit, a number of pucks that sailed just over the crossbar, and even more that had Mason beat, but went just to the outside. Accuracy will be key for the Red Wings.
Special Teams continue to hamper the Wings. Last night, Weyburn had six man advantages, and weren’t able to convert on any of them. That included having an extra man for four of the final five minutes of the game, including the extra attacker out on the ice. The penalty kill resulted in the game winning goal, with the Wings giving up just one goal on four chances for Humboldt.
The goaltending for the Red Wings has been strong as of late. Last night, rookie Jake MacLennan was solid in net, with the two goals he allowed not necessarily being his fault. Shaun Fleming has also been strong for the Red Wings in recent games. They have both been capable of limiting the score, and have more than filled in for Carter Phair in recent weeks.
Game Day Preview sponsored by Tim Hortons!