The Richardson Pioneer Weyburn Red Wings are back to .500 after picking up a 6-4 win on home ice over the Notre Dame Hounds Thursday night. The Wings were led by Jakob Kalin, who scored two goals, and Mi-Kwan Tallman, who added a goal and three assists in the victory.
Kalin got the goal scoring started just 4:08 into the game when he put the puck past Notre Dame netminder Johann Tremblay-Kau. He was assisted on the goal by Nolan Henderson and Tallman. From there the Red Wings continued to pepper Tremblay-Kau with shots, but he turned the other 16 shots he faced away.
At the other end of the ice, Eric Kahl, appearing in his 12th game of the season, stopped all eight shots he faced in the opening frame. He would only be tested 21 times in the first 40 minutes of the game, allowing just two goals.
Just 27 seconds into the second period, Tallman would score his goal. His 8th of the year was assisted by Kalin and Max Monette. It wouldn’t take long for Weyburn to get another goal, either, as Matteo Turrin notched his 7th of the year just 1:07 later. The assist on the goal went to Simon Pollock.
The Hounds would respond to that goal 12 seconds later when Liam Hunks beat Kahl to make it a 3-1 game. Notre Dame would then make it a one-goal game with 3:44 remaining when Kyle Kalamaras scored.
The Wings were quick to restore the two-goal lead, though as Monette scored a goal of his own with three minutes left on the clock in the second. His 6th of the season was assisted by Kalin and Tallman.
For the third period, the Red Wings made a change in net, with Matt Schoephoerster coming in to take the place of Kahl.
Kalin would then make it 5-2 when he scored 17 seconds into the third period. His second of the game, and 22nd of the season, was assisted by Tallman. Weyburn then added to the lead when Ty Mason notched his 24th of the year at the 6:21 mark. The goal was scored on the power play, and assisted by Jordan Edwards and Braigh LeGrandeur.
The Hounds would get the puck past Schoephoerster with 8:35 remaining, as Vincent Palmarin scored. Then, with 1:33 to go, Will Dawson would tally to make it 6-4, but that is how the game would end.
The third period would also see the two teams combined for 74 penalty minutes. Part of the total came when Weyburn blueliner Lucas Jeffreys dropped the gloves with Notre Dames Cyprus Smith-Davis. Jeffreys, in just his second fight in the SJHL, would end up getting the better of the Hounds player and made sure to take the chance while skating off the ice to pump the crowd up.
Notre Dame coach Brett Pilkington would also end up getting shown the door. He was ejected with 1:34 remaining after a penalty was assessed against Dawson for charging on a hit against Weyburn’s Jackson Hassman. Hassman would also get a penalty for roughing.
Then, with just 35 seconds remaining, Wings defenseman Nicholas Kovacs and Notre Dame’s Dane Probe were given minors for roughing and 10-minute misconducts after a scrum in front of the Weyburn net.
The Red Wings will have Friday night off but will be fairly busy as they hold their year-end awards banquet. Then, the regular season wraps up Saturday night as the Estevan Bruins come to town.
The puck drops on the regular season finale at 7:00 p.m. at Crescent Point Place.