The attendance for Friday night's game was 744 and every single person got their money's worth in a wild 6–5 overtime for the Weyburn Red Wings over the Melville Millionaires.
Resiliency was the theme of the night for the Wings as they erased three separate Melville leads and killed off a penalty in overtime, before Will Cruise potted the game-winner on an absolute beauty.
It was just the second goal of the year for Cruise but it might have been the biggest goal of the Red Wings' season.
"It took a whole team effort to get the two points," the hero Cruise said. "Sean [Olson] getting two goals and Soarsy tying it up late. I ended up getting the goal but it was everyone heping out tonight."
Melville jumped out to an early 3–1 lead and chased Cody Levesque from the Weyburn net. Newcomer Ben Laidlaw was forced into action and he filled in admirably in his first minutes in a Red Wing uniform. The former Yorkton Terrier made 35 saves on 37 shots.
Despite the two-goal deficit the team never panicked. They even ran into penalty trouble but were able to kill off all but one powerplay on the night. It was a totally different team for the final 40 minutes, following a sloppy opening period. The first intermission sparked the comeback.
"I told them we can't get down on ourselves. Bad periods will happen and the effort just wasn't there," head coach Kyle Haines explained. "If we were going to pout and be upset about it, it probably wasn't going to turnaround. We came out with a better effort and it was a crazy game."
Olson and Szeremley scored goals just six minutes apart in the second period to even things back up at 3–3. Melville would reclaim the lead with just three minutes to go in the middle frame, before Olson's second of the night capped off a wild second period.
With just five points separating these teams in the standings for the final playoff spot, it was obviousy a huge final period. There were nervous moments as the teams traded scoring chances and powerplays but to no avail.
Then, with 4:16 left in the third, the Mils grabbed a 5–4 lead and seem destined for victory. But as they had all night, the Wings battled back and Jordan Kazymyra set up Eric Soar's goal just 30 seconds later and knotted things back up.
The 20-year-old's second goal with Weyburn burned his former team and helped force overtime in a wild contest.
Weyburn started the extra session on the powerplay but was unable to solve Melville's Colby Entz. Then just over halfway through the OT, Ben Hiltz was sent off for hooking and it was gut check time on the Red Wings bench.
Fearless shot blocking and some stellar goaltending allowed the Wings to kill off the penatly, which set the stage for Cruise's heroics.
Aside from an ugly first period, there was tons of positives to look at for the Wings. The squad remains undefeated in 2019 and is starting to build some momentum at the right time.
Another bright spot was forward Drew Anderson. He scored his first of the season earlier in the week and followed it up with a three point night, which gave him the First Star honours.
"It's been tough and frusturating so far but it's starting to come," Anderson said of his offence. "The boys have been very supportive and hopefully it keeps coming."
As the Wings zero in on a playoff spot, next up is a date with the Yorkton Terriers on Saturday night. Weyburn has took two of three so far from the Terriers and Saturday's game will see the red and white be matched up against former goaltender Riley Lamb.
Puck drop is set for 7:30 from Farrell Agencies Arena.