courtesy of Steven Wilson, discoverweyburn.com
The Weyburn Red Wings scored twice in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit, but it wouldn’t be enough, as they fell 3-2 in overtime to the Melville Millionaires Wednesday night. The loss is the second in a row for the Wings, who had a nine-game winning streak through most of October.
The Millionaires were the first to get on the board, with just under five minutes left in the first period. Tyler Millar slipped the puck past Weyburn goalie Arik Weersink, giving Melville the early lead.
The two teams played tight hockey for the second period before Melville was able to score a second goal. During a scramble in front of the Weyburn net, a Red Wings defender tried to clear the puck out from the slot, but ended up putting it onto the stick of Tucker Chapman, who wristed it past Weersink with 26 seconds left in the frame.
The Red Wings came back with a vengeance in the third. Mike Eskra notched his fourth goal of the season with a power-play goal at the 8:35 mark. He blasted the puck past Connor Dochuk from the top of the right-hand circle. Ty Brown earned the assist on the goal.
Weyburn would finish closing the gap in just over two minutes later. Jordan Kazymyra took a feed from Ben Hiltz and wired a sharp-angled shot that popped the water bottle off the net behind Dochuk. It was Kazymyra’s fourth goal of the season.
Neither team could score in regulation, forcing overtime. In the extra 3-on-3 period, it would be the Millionaires who would score. Ethan Kopyczyn beat Weersink from the top of the slot, giving Melville just their fifth win of the season, and second of the year against Weyburn.
With a single point earned, Weyburn holds onto first in the Viterra Division, as Estevan beat the Notre Dame Hounds 6-5 in a shootout last night. The Red Wings have 24 points (11-3-2-0) while the Bruins are in second (11-5-1-0).
The Red Wings now prepare for their next home game, as they host the Nipawin Hawks Friday. The game starts at Crescent Point Place at 7:30 p.m.