The Weyburn Red Wings had a loss and a win from their weekend games. To start the weekend off, the Wings acted as host to the Battlefords North Stars and the game was as dull and unimpressive as ever. In the first period the Red Wings had a total of two shots while the North Stars had 10 and a goal. The North Stars put themselves up two more points in the second before Will Cruise directed a shot at the net that somehow trickled past the goal line. It was an odd goal, but nonetheless it counted and the period ended with a score of 3-1. The Wings were able to hold their own for the majority of the third period, but it fell apart with the fourth North Stars’ goal that led to Dawson McKenzie losing his cool and getting a four-minute roughing penalty, two of which were served by Garrett Szeremley. With just over three minutes left in the game, and with a man advantage, the Wings thought they could make a miraculous turn around and pulled Cody Levesque. This backfired on them. After multiple scares of an empty net goal, it wasn’t until the North Stars inevitably scored an empty netter that they put him back in. While the Red Wings did lose 5-1, the good news of the night was that Melville also lost their game to the La Ronge Ice Wolves, to keep Weyburn just three points back for the final playoff spot. After that fail of a game, the Weyburn Red Wings had to step up for an away game on Saturday against the Melville Millionaires. A loss to them would almost guarantee that the Red Wings weren’t going to make it to the playoffs, but thankfully the exact opposite happened. The intense action started right from the whistle. One minute and 19 seconds in, Drew Anderson put the guys on the board first. However, less than a minute later, the Millionaires evened up the game. The Wings were far from diminished though, as they had a drive and push that hadn’t been seen since their last win at the beginning of February. This fiery game play allowed for a passing sequence between Szeremley and Jevon Schwean that assisted Jordan Kazymyra to break the tie at 5:10. Kazymyra wasn’t done yet and came back minutes later to score his 20th goal of the season. The Red Wings were leading 3-1 when Carson Scheschuk got a two-minute high-sticking penalty which allowed the Millionaires to score a power play goal. This was the second game in a row that Scheschuk cost the Wings a point by serving a penalty. The second period started off rough with the Millionaires tying up the game less than two minutes in. At 8:37, Will Cruise was sent to the box for cross-checking, giving the Millionaires a man advantage, but seconds later things got heated with Connor Pyne and Millionaires player Josh Borynec dropping the gloves. Both were given five-minute fighting penalties and game misconducts. At the same time, Millionaires Luke Nkwama was given a two-minute unsportsmanlike penalty making it four on four. Just ten seconds later, Tristan Petrie and Millionaires Luke Spadafora were also given two minute unsportsmanlike penalties. Then to make matters worse, Szeremley took an interference penalty less than a minute later and the Red Wings had to play three-on-four until Cruise’s penalty was up. Luckily the Wings were able to hold their ground throughout that whole chaos of penalties, and seven seconds after Szeremley’s penalty was over, he scored his third of the season and put the Wings up by one. The third period saw the Millionaires once again starting the period by tying up the game. History has shown that at this point in the game and with this much conflict, the Wings usually shut down and the game takes a turn for the worse, but Sean Olson wouldn’t have any of that and made the score 5-4. In an attempt to tie things up, Melville pulled their goalie, but Ben Hiltz took advantage of the empty net opportunity and scored the winning goal. After this 6-4 victory, the Red Wings are only one point behind the Melville Millionaires who are currently holding the last playoff spot. The chances of making the playoffs are much higher and hopefully this will be the push the Red Wings need in order to make this week of games successful. To start the week, they play another vital game against the Melville Millionaires tonight, Feb. 27, in Melville. This is followed up by their last home-and-home series against the Estevan Bruins on Friday and Saturday. For the Wings final regular season game, the Weyburn Red Wings host the Yorkton Terriers on Tuesday, March 5. All games start at 7:30 p.m.