The U18 AA Weyburn John Hulbert Construction Wings took the inaugural Ron Gunville Memorial Tournament in Prince Albert on the weekend.
The weekend opened up with a 6-5 win over the Lloydminster Blazers Friday. From there, their second round-robin game was against the Saskatoon Sabrecats. The Wings would pick up a 4-2 victory there to improve to 2-0 in the round-robin.
The third game of the round-robin was against a tough Humboldt Broncos team, who came out firing and skated to a 9-1 win. The Wings, though, with a record of 2-1, advanced to the semifinals of the tournament and faced the Prince Albert Vulcans.
In the semifinals, the Wings found themselves down 1-0 after the opening 20 minutes. Then, the offence opened up. Ryker Watt scored a shorthanded goal, assisted by Karter Haupstein and Cooper Walbaum. Then, Walbaum would score a pair of goals himself, and the Wings were up 3-1 after 20 minutes.
The third period saw the Wings continue the scoring, as Watt scored his second of the game, with Grier Peterson and Silas Stein also finding the back of the net. With the goals and a sturdy penalty kill that saw a lot of work, the Wings won 6-2 and advanced to the finals.
In the finals, they were up against the same Humboldt team that handed them their lone defeat in the round-robin.
In the first period, Weyburn took the lead when Greyson Gioudy scored, assisted by Stein and Ryder Wesson, to make it a 1-0 game after 20. Then, in the second, Watt would score, assisted by Ty Boren and Cooper Walbaum. A third Weyburn goal from Peterson, who was assisted by Noah Kopec and Nolan Zelyck would have the two teams hit the locker room with Weyburn up 3-1.
In the third, the Broncos rallied back and tied the game up at 3-3.
The Wings weren’t finished though. The eventual game, and tournament, winner was scored by Haupstein. Then, Donavin Mellon would score an insurance goal to put Weyburn up 5-3. The third period rally was wrapped up with a power play goal from Watt, assisted by Boren and Walbaum, giving the Wings the tournament victory.