In the first four games 2023-24 season, the Weyburn Red Wings had been given a total of 20 penalties, all of which had been killed off. It wasn’t until the fifth game of the season and the 25th penalty kill of the season that the Red Wings finally surrendered a powerplay goal at the 19:27 mark of the second period against the Notre Dame Hounds.
Not only does the 27/28 penalty kill record have the Red Wings leading the league early on in penalty killing percentage at 96.4%, but it’s also the longest streak of successful penalty kills to start a season in recorded history, dating back to the 2006-07 season.
The longest record before that came in the 2014-15 season, where the Red Wings started the season with 11 straight successful penalty kills, a streak that lasted until the 7:21 of the third game of the season. The Red Wings have never started a season without giving up a powerplay goal in the first three games until 2023-24.
The 96.4% penalty kill sits as the best in the league to start the year and has been a big reason the Red Wings have found themselves in first place at the start of the year. This coming weekend they’ll come face to face with the team right behind them in the standings, the Melfort Mustangs, who are not only the least penalized team in the league at only 15 penalties given up (Red Wings have given up 28), but also sit second in the league in penalty killing at 93.3% to start the year.