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courtesy of Steven Wilson, discoverweyburn.com
The Weyburn Red Wings found themselves down early Wednesday night against the Flin Flon Bombers, with some fans thinking it would be a repeat of Tuesday night’s loss to the Nipawin Hawks. Those fears were dashed, as the Wings scored seven unanswered goals en route to a 7-2 win over the Bombers in Flin Flon. The win breaks a three-game losing skid for the Wings and pulls them with one point of Estevan for first in the Viterra Division.
Rob Johnson opened the scoring for the Bombers when he notched his third of the year, a power-play marker. Before the period was halfway over, Nate Hooper made it 2-0 for the Bombers. Then, the Wings took over.
It started with just over five minutes left in the opening frame. Wyatt Arndt teed up a loose puck just inside the blueline, sending it bardown over the shoulder of Flin Flon goalie Nick Anderson. The marker was his first ever goal in the SJHL.
“Just kind of leaned into ‘er, and hoped for the best, and sure enough, it hit the top bar, and the hands went up, and the boys came right over,” Arndt said when asked to describe the goal.
In the second period, it became the Erik Olson show. It began with a power play marker 6:31 into the frame. Taking a feed from Cade Kowalski across the slot, Olson fired it past Anderson for his 11th of the year. Olson then made it a 4-2 game, when he took a feed from Dawson Atamanchuk and hammered it home past Anderson. The second-year Red Wing wasn’t done, though.
With just under three minutes remaining in the period, Olson would score his third of the game to complete the hat trick. His 13th of the year was a power-play goal, assisted by Eskra and Jordan Kazymyra. The goal also ended the night for Anderson, who was replaced by Reese Jones.
For Olson, it was the first time he has ever scored a hat trick, and he said the win was much needed for the team.
“It’s the bounce-back game that we needed, and hopefully we can make a bit of a run here,” Olson said.
Weyburn entered the third period looking to expand the lead, and they did. Just after the halfway mark of the frame, Ty Brown scored his sixth of the campaign. Sean Olson and Landon Walters would be credited with the helpers. Brown then added his second of the game just minutes later.
The Bombers suffered a momentary lapse in the defensive zone, and Connor Pyne jumped on the loose puck. He found Brown in front of the net for the final goal of the season.
The win completes the season sweep for the Red Wings over the Bombers, after splitting the season series last year. Over the course of the four games, the Wings outscored the Bombers 21-10.
The Red Wings have Thursday off, before they hit the ice again Friday night in La Ronge. Weyburn has won their three previous games against the Ice Wolves, and will look to make it a perfect four on the season. You can catch all the action live on Red Wing Radio, K106.