Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Red Wings Fall On Home Ice In Controversial Fashion

Dace Prymak celebrates after the Red Wings score in Saturday’s game against the Melville Millionaires. (photo courtesy Portrayed by PW)

With just over five minutes to play in Friday night’s game between the Richardson Pioneer Weyburn Red Wings and the visiting Melville Millionaires, Weyburn had a 3-2 lead, after overcoming a 2-0 deficit. A goal that would be considered controversial by many, though, would result in the Millionaires tying the game up, and Melville would go on to pick up a 4-3 win with the game-winner scored with 32 seconds left to play.

The controversy surrounding the goal came about an apparent injury to Weyburn’s goaltender Joseph Young. He appeared to be in distress in the crease, while the play buzzed around him. With some players from Weyburn calling for a whistle, the Millionaires were able to score on the power play to even things up when Jaydon Dureau scored his second goal of the game.

Young left the game and was replaced by Rylan Labrie. Young appeared to have sustained a lower-body injury but there is no word on his condition at this time.

Melville had jumped out to an early lead in the game when Dureau, on loan to the Millionaires from the Portland Winterhawks, got the puck past Young during a flurry of action in front of the Weyburn net at the 5:09 mark. Then, just moments later, Jonathan Krahn would add to the Melville lead, making it 2-0 after 20 minutes.

In the second period, the Red Wings pushed back. At the 4:26 mark of the period, a turnover in the neutral zone led to a rush into the Melville end of the ice. Shayde Peterson passed the puck back to the blue line for Brock Wallace, who skated into the top of the left circle and fired it in bar down past Melville goalie Alexis Giroux, making it a 2-1 game.

Early in the third, Weyburn would tie things up. Spencer McHardy gloved the puck down at the blue line and fired it in, bearing Giroux to make it 2-2 at the 2:40 mark of the frame. Then, 71 seconds later, the Red Wings found themselves on the power play. Graham Skinner took a feed from Dace Prymak and fired it on goal. It would be tipped past Giroux by Liam Rutten and the Red Wings had a 3-2 lead.

Then, with 5:25 to play in the game, the Millionaires evened the game up when Dureau scored on the power play. Reece Newkirk would score the game-winner with 32 seconds left, while shorthanded, to make it 4-3.

The two teams will be back on the ice again on Saturday night, this time in Melville. You can catch all the action on Red