The Bantam AA Whitecap Resource Wings were looking to close the gap with the top teams in the SAAHL South Division as the regular season enters the final stretch. This weekend, the Wings played the Moose Jaw Warriors in a home-and-home, and it would be Weyburn picking up four crucial points in the two games, while also adding to their goal differential, which is used as a tie-breaker at times.
In the first game, Saturday afternoon in Weyburn, it would be the Wings who skated to the victory. Cooper Walbaum scored four goals, while the Wings put 61 shots on goal in an 8-3 win.
Walbaum opened the scoring before the first period was five minutes old. His first tally, on the power play, was assisted by Quinn Mantei.
It then became 2-0 when Walbaum beat Moose Jaw starting goalie Kayden Hudson at the 8:19 mark for his second of the game. Mantei again had an assist, with Wyatt LaCoste notching the other helper.
Weyburn would then score their second power-play goal of the period with 2:55 left on the clock, as Van Eger found the back of the net. Ty Mason and Mantei assisted on the goal.
In the second period, Mantei added a goal of his own, after recording three assists in the first period. He was assisted by Walbaum and Mason. Then, Walbaum would finish his hat trick off with 4:14 to go in the frame. The power play goal was assisted by Mantei and Ryker Watt.
Ty Boren would finish off the scoring in the second period with a power play goal with just 21 seconds remaining in the frame. Blaze Gutzke and Dallen Oxelgren assisted on the goal.
Moose Jaw would break the shutout bid of Weyburn goalie Ryan Hicks to start the third period. Eric Woodley scored just past the five-minute mark.
The six-goal margin would be restored just moments later though. Wyatt Godlonton scored on Hudson, assisted by LaCoste and Daxin Peterson with 10:27 left in the frame.
Nikolas Smolinksi would score for the Warriors with 8:56 to go, making it 7-2. Then, Brennan Watterson added a power play goal, and it was 7-3 with 6:40 remaining.
Walbaum, though, would finish the scoring in the game off with 2:10 on the clock. His fourth of the day was assisted by Mason and Samuel Borschowa.
Sunday afternoon, the two teams met again, this time at the Burt Hunt Arena in Moose Jaw. It would again be Weyburn coming out on top, this time by a final score of 13-2.
Blaze Gutzke, Ryker Watt and Van Eger all scored hat tricks en route to the win, while Quinn Mantei added five helpers, and Ty Mason four.
The Wings opened the scoring late in the first period, with Eger scoring on the power play with 4:01 left in the period. His goal was assisted by Watt and Mantei.
Gutzke then added an unassisted marker with 1:22 to go in the first period.
Walbaum would add to the lead just 45 seconds into the second period. His goal, set up by Watt and Mantei, made it 3-0 Weyburn. Walbaum then made it 4-0 six minutes later. The goal was again, assisted by Mantei.
The Wings kept pouring it on. Eger scored his second of the game, again on the power play, at the 9:05 mark of the period. Mantei and Mason assisted. Just 30 seconds later, Gutzke notched his second of the afternoon, assisted by Godlonton.
The Warriors responded.
It started with a goal from Braxton Hooper with 8:30 remaining in the period. THen, it was followed up with a goal by Watterson with 2:41 to go in the second.
After the second goal of the game by the Warriors, the Wings took the game back over.
The started with Gutzke finishing off his hat trick with 1:07 left in the second period, making it a 7-2 game. Godlonton and Borschowa assisted on the goal.
Peterson then scored for Weyburn to start off the third period. His goal, assisted by Ryker Watt, came with just 2:05 off the clock. Watt then added a goal of his own 10 seconds later. The power play tally was assisted by Mason and Mantei.
Watt scored his second of the game at the 5:53 mark of the third period. Again a power-play goal, Mason was credited with the assist.
The Wings continued to score, almost at will.
Boren would record a power play goal of his own to make it 11-2 with 12:20 remaining in the period. Peterson assisted on the marker. Eger then finished his hat trick bid off with 8:10 remaining. Walbaum an dMason assisted on the goal.
Watt scored his third of the period with 2:30 remaining. The goal, assisted by Peterson and Noel Englot, finished off the scoring in the game.
With the win, the Wings are now tied with Prairie Storm for fourth in the South Division of the SAAHL. The Wings are also just four points back of the first place Regina Pat Blues.
Weyburn will be on the road this weekend. They head to Martensville Friday night for a game against the Marauders. It is followed up with a match-up against the Saskatoon Maniacs on Saturday.