On the road in Kindersley to kick off their final road trip of the season, the Weyburn Red Wings were victimized by a few terrible bounces in a 5–3 loss.
The first, third and fifth Klipper goals were all some bad puck luck for Cody Levesque and the Red Wings who played a solid 60 minutes for their first of three games in three nights.
Kindersley opened the scoring just over six minutes in when a Noah Bankowski wraparound attempt was stymied by Levesque, only to have it ramp up and off a body and pinball its way to the back of the net. It was the lone goal in the opening frame.
Weyburn came out hot in the second period with numerous scoring chances fired on goal early and often, before they were rewarded with a Connor Pyne goal. His sixth of the season was a bardown snipe, with Tyler Leibl drawing the assist. Just 17 seconds later, Jordan Kazymyra beat the Kindersley netminder right off the faceoff to give the Wings a 2–1 lead.
After the Klipps evened it up, another goofy goal pulled them back ahead. Austin Nault drove wide and tried to dump the puck in deep. It deflected off the stanchion behind the net, kicked out in front and off Levesque’s leg and in. It was one of the crazier bounces I’ve ever seen — and a goal scored where the player never attempted a shot on goal.
The Red Wings hung around with a gutsy road effort but ran into some penalty trouble late. After a Ben Hiltz holding call, coach Kyle Haines was given two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. Kindersley capitalized twice on the 5-on-3 powerplay to jump ahead 5–2.
The final Klippers goal deflected off the chest of their forward Kyle Bosch and in after it was going to go about three feet wide.
Kazymyra added his second of the game late in the third and the Wings surged with the net empty but were unable to get any closer.
Levesque made 34 stops in goal and the Wings probably deserved a better outcome than they received. They won’t have long to dwell on the tough loss, as they’ll be back in action Friday and Saturday in Humboldt.
The back-to-back games against the Broncos will wrap up their final extended road trip of the season.
You can catch the two contests, and every Wings game for the remainder of the season, on the home of Red Wing Radio, BIG 106. Puck drop goes at 7:30 both nights.