Weyburn Red Wings see lots of positives during home opener

The Richardson Pioneer Weyburn Red Wings hosted a home game against the Notre Dame Hounds on Saturday evening to open their regular season. The Red Wings lost 5-4 to the Hounds in overtime.

“Overall, there were lots of positives about the game,” said Rich Pilon, head coach for the Red Wings. “There was a span of 11 minutes where we were disorganized, but it was nice to see our team get their attention back on the game.”

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Pilon noted that a few different lines stood out, but overall everyone was good. “The lines were pretty solid. Since we are still a younger team, there was a little bit of a few guys who couldn’t manage the puck, but that will come. We just need to get the players to have their mindset on the game.”

In the first period, Jackson Hassman opened up scoring in the last five minutes of the first period, with assists from Drew Kuzma and Shayde Peterson. The Hounds dominated the second period by adding four goals, one of which was scored during a power play.

The Red Wings tied up the game in the third period. Dante Ballarin scored in the first two minutes, assisted by Shayde Peterson and Ian Maier. Liam Antoniuk scored later in the period, with assists from Graham Skinner and JD Hall. Braden Birnie added the tying goal late in the period, assisted by Mathew Rathbone and Liam Antoniuk. In the overtime period, Notre Dame claimed the win with a goal scored in the first 50 seconds.

The Red Wings were going to play the Hounds in Notre Dame on Monday night, but the game was postponed due to the weather conditions.

Pilon feels that the Hounds would present a good challenge for the Red Wings this season. “They are also a young team. They skate very well and we will have to work hard to match their speed.”

The next home game for the Red Wings will be Friday, Nov. 13, when they face up against Melville at Crescent Point Place at 7:30 p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions; the Red Wing hockey club can only allow 150 people into the game. There will be a online auction of tickets on their Social Media pages.