Looking to pick up their second win in a row, and start a new winning streak, the U18 AA John Hulbert Construction Wings were at home against the Regina Capitals Wednesday night. The fans in attendance were treated to a barnburner of a game, with the Wings coming away with a 6-5 overtime victory. The win improved their record on the season to 11-5-1.
The first period saw just one goal, despite a flurry of opportunities at both ends. While the Wings put 19 shots on Regina goaltender Jordan Weatherall, he turned them all aside. At the other end, Adam Charlton was tested 12 times, stopping 11. The only puck to get past him in the period came with 8:15 left on the clock when Jackson Gair scored to make it 1-0 Regina after 20 minutes.
The Capitals opened the lead to 2-0 at the 5:56 mark of the second when Rhett Hornoi scored, but then the Wings came roaring back.
Ryker Watt scored his first of two in the game less than 30 seconds later. He was assisted on the goal by Ty Boren and Cooper Walbaum. Then, Weyburn tied the game up when Karter Haupstein scored a power play goal with 4:01 left on the clock. The helpers were credited to Boren and Watt.
The Wings then took the lead when Donavin Mellon scored his first of the game with 3:18 remaining. His goal, which gave Weyburn a 3-2 lead, was assisted by Greysen Goudy.
The Lead for the Wings wouldn’t last the period, though. Regina found a way to even things up with just 14 seconds left in the middle frame. Riley Craigen beat Charlton on an unassisted goal to make it a 3-3 game.
In the third period, Weyburn again took the lead, with Watt’s second of the night coming just 1:55 into the frame. His goal, scored on the power play, was assisted by Walbaum and Levi Krienke. Regina would answer back with a special teams goal of their own to again tie things up.
Just three minutes later, the Capitals would find a way to tie things up. Seamus Dodds put the puck into the net, or at least he had thought he had. The goal was initially waved off. Two minutes later, during the next stoppage of play, the officials conferred on the goal, and it was confirmed the puck had actually crossed the line, and the goal was awarded to the Capitals. The time was put back onto the clock, complete with one player from Regina having to return to the penalty box to serve his penalty a second time.
Weyburn would get the lead again, just past the halfway mark of the period. Memphis Walter scored with 9:47 to go in the period. Ryder Fellner and Watt assisted on the goal, and the Wings had a 5-4 lead.
The Capitals would get a great opportunity to tie things up just 15 seconds later. Cohen Boehm was awarded a penalty shot, and he made good, beating Charlton to make it a 5-5 game.
In the remaining 9:32, neither team was able to score, forcing things to go to overtime.
In the extra frame, Mellon would score his second of the game to give the Wings the win. He found himself in all alone on the goaltender after taking a feed from Silas Stein and lifted a chip shot over the goalie’s pads to give the Wings the victory with 2:31 remaining in the extra period. The other assist on the goal was credited to Lane Batters.
The two teams will now get set to meet again Friday night, as the Wings travel to Regina for a rematch with the Capitals at the Al Ritchie Arena.