The U18 AAA Richardson Pioneer Weyburn Gold Wings entertained the Northern Bears out of Prince Albert for a pair of games on the weekend. The Red Wings would edge out the visitors 2-1 in the game Saturday night, but then the Bears would end the Gold Wings winning streak at three with a 3-1 win Sunday afternoon.
In the game Saturday, the Bears would be the first to strike, when Julia Cey scored with 6:28 left on the clock. From there, the goaltenders of both teams would take over for the rest of the first period, and the second.
Weyburn netminder Hailey Sibbald turned aside a total of 27 shots in the game and shut out the Bears in the second and third periods. At the other end of the ice, Annika Neufeldt was peppered with 38 shots, 36 of which she stopped.
The Gold Wings would get on the board 6:01 into the third when Julia Durr scored. She was assisted on the goal by Nola Exner and Abby Manz. Then, Kiah Shields would put Weyburn ahead with 10:57 to play. Her goal, assisted by Adison Warren and Maicy Groenewegen, would prove to be the game-winner.
Sunday, the Gold Wings were looking to extend their winning streak and got started off on the right foot, as Durr scored her second of the weekend, and sixth of the season with 6:20 to play in the first period. Exner had the lone assist on the goal.
From there, the goaltending again took over for the Bears, as Nikita Krayetski would stop 37 of the 38 shots she faced in the game. Meanwhile, at the other end, the Bears tested Amy Swayze 30 times, with three of those shots bulging the twine.
Mikiya Anderson scored 4:22 into the second period to tie the game up, then added a second goal 10 seconds into the third period to put the Bears ahead. Ella Clarke then added an insurance goal with 3:54 to play in the game.
The Gold Wings sit in fourth place in the SFU18AAAHL, four points back of the third-place Battlefords Sharks. Weyburn will look to make up some of that ground with a pair of games against the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox this coming weekend. The Gold Wings also have a long stretch until their next home game, not playing again at Crescent Point Place until January 13th.