The U18 AAA Richardson Pioneer Weyburn Gold Wings were in Prince Albert for a pair of games against the Prince Albert Northern Bears this past weekend. The Gold Wings would pick up some valuable points in the race to cement a playoff spot, as they split the weekend series.
Saturday afternoon, the Gold Wings would jump out to an early lead, and goaltender Amy Swayze stood tall in the face of 50 shots, with Weyburn picking up a 4-3 victory.
The scoring was opened up at the 5:59 mark of the first when Randall Banga scored, with the assists going to Brooke Bassingthwaite and Jenay Hyndman. Then, Julianne Girardin scored with 7:49 to play in the period, with Jacey Farr and Sydney Dauvin getting credit for the helpers. Girardin would strike again just 27 seconds later, scoring on the power play to make it 3-0. Dauvin and Abby Manz had the assists on the goal.
In the second period neither team was able to score, despite plenty of opportunities. The third period, though would see Weyburn extend the lead, then Prince Albert attempt to mount a comeback.
Just 3:21 into the final period, Manz would score, with Girardin notching the assist to make it 4-0 for the Gold Wings. The Bears, though, rallied back.
Tristyn Endicott scored at the 6:02 mark, Jasmine Kohl scored with 3:25 to go in the third, and Kassie Ferster found the back of the net with 40 seconds left on the clock, but the rally wouldn’t be enough, as Swayze turned aside 21 shots in the final period to secure the 4-3 win.
Sunday afternoon the two teams met again at the Art Hauser Center. This time, the Bears would be the ones to jump out to an early lead, and skated away with a 5-1 victory.
Endicott opened the scoring for Prince Albert 2:17 into the game, and Julia Cey made it a 2-0 game at the 5:27 mark. Then, with 10:22 remaining in the first, Jacquelyne Chief made it 3-0 Prince Albert with a power play goal.
Weyburn answered back with a power play goal of their own just 3:40 into the second, as Manz scored her second goal of the weekend, assisted by Camryn Fuessel and Dauvin.
The third period, though, would see the Bears pull away, as Beau Chisholm scored 1:48 into the final period, and Cey notched her second of the game with 56 seconds left on the clock.
The Gold Wings are now sitting in 6th place in the SFU18AAAHL with a record of 4-15-0-1. They will be back on the ice Sunday afternoon as they host the Regina Rebels at Crescent Point Place.