courtesy of Steven Wilson, discoverweyburn.com
The Weyburn Red Wings scored three goals in the first 15 minutes of Saturday’s game against the Notre Dame Hounds. The Hounds, though, would score five of their own over the final 45 minutes, and escaped from Crescent Point Place with a 5-4 win. With the victory, the Hounds now sit one point back of the Red Wings for seventh in the SJHL overall standings, with each team having one game remaining. Weyburn meanwhile is one point back of the Kindersley Klippers for 6th. The Klippers have two games remaining.
The Red Wings opened the scoring at the 7:52 mark of the period when Cole Woodliffe scored his ninth of the year. Ben Hiltz and Cade Kowalski were credited with the assists on the goal.
Just under three minutes later, Mike Eskra drew a roughing penalty, as he finished his check on Keigan Callander of the Hounds just as the whistle blew for offsides. The Hounds player took exception and was sent to the penalty box for roughing.
With the man advantage, it took the Wings just another 25 seconds to score a goal, as Eskra teed up a shot from the point which beat Hounds netminder Jack Ryan. Hiltz and Kowalski combined for the assists on the goal.
The Wings weren’t done with their first period offense. Cole Woodliffe, while forechecking, stripped the puck from AP call-up Hayden Wagner. Woodliffe stepped out in front of the net and used his long reach to tuck the puck in past Ryan to make it 3-0.
Notre Dame responded 59 seconds later. Kurri Woodford unleashed a rocket from just inside the blueline, beating Arik Weersink, and putting the Hounds on the board.
In the second period, the Hounds pulled to within a single goal, when Chaz Smedsrud beat Weersink just three minutes into the frame.
Weyburn made it a two-goal game again with 7:54 left in the period. Woodliffe completed the hat trick, with his 11th of the year, assisted on the power play by Dylan McCabe and Landon Walters.