For the first time since the start of the new year, the Richardson Pioneer Weyburn Red Wings have lost two consecutive games in regulation. Friday night, in the first of two games in two nights at the Whitney Forum in Flin Flon, the Wings dropped a 4-3 decision to the Bombers, after rallying to tie the game 3-3 after initially being down 3-0.
The loss did see the Red Wings slip slightly in the standings, as the Nipawin Hawks managed to pick up a win over the Humboldt Broncos in Humboldt. Weyburn is now in 8th place in the SJHL with 49 points, two back of the Hawks, and still six points back of the Estevan Bruins for 6th place with two games in hand.
The magic number for the Red Wings to clinch a spot has fallen to 10, however, thanks to the Notre Dame Hounds falling on the road in Kindersley.
The game Friday night started out with some issues, as the score clock in the Forum wasn’t working properly. The game would start on time, albeit there were some issues with things like penalties. It would get sorted out before the start of the second period, however, and the game would be able to continue relatively glitch-free.
Flin Flon would get on the board early in the first period when Joey Lies scored his third of the season just 65 seconds in. The Bombers would hold that edge until there was 5:36 remaining in the opening frame. Then, Alexi Sylvestre would put the puck past Matt Schoephoester to make it 2-0 Bombers.
In the second period, Cory King made it 3-0 for the Bombers with his 6th of the year at the 4:22 mark. Then, the rally would start for the Red Wings.
It began when Ryley Morgan notched his 20th of the campaign seven minutes into the period. His goal would be assisted by Ian Maier. Then, Maier scored a goal of his own with 1:09 left to play in the second. His 4th of the year was assisted by Morgan and Matteo Turrin.
Weyburn would then tie the game up 1:54 into the third when Morgan scored his second of the night. Blake Norris and Turrin were credited with the assists on the goal.
The Bombers would then pull back ahead at the 8:25 mark of the period when Zach Cain scored his 21st of the campaign. This would make the score 4-3 for the Bombers, and that is how it would stay as the Wings were unable to beat Harmon Laser-Hume no matter what they threw at him.
The Wings will look to get back into the win column Saturday night as the two teams meet again at the Whitney Forum.
You can catch all the action on Red Wing Radio, BIG 106, starting with the pregame show at 7:15 p.m. The puck drops at 7:30.