The Richardson Pioneer Weyburn Red Wings closed out the first half of the SJHL season in style, as they picked up two key points at home against the Yorkton Terriers with a 4-2 win Saturday night. The victory also put the Red Wings back into first place in the Viterra Division with a .500 record of 12-12-0-4.
The win was the first of the season for netminder Angelo Zol, who was appearing in just his second game wearing the Winged Wheel. He turned aside 32 shots to earn the win.
At the other end of the ice was former Red Wing Adam Kelly, acquired by Yorkton earlier this season. Kelly would face 34 shots from his former teammates, with three finding the twine. The fourth goal was an empty netter by Weyburn captain Max Monette.
The Wings opened the scoring early in the game when Cade Meiklejohn notched his 10th of the season 2:49 into the period. He was assisted on the goal by Jerome Maharaj and Jaxson Ruthven.
Neither team would score for the remainder of the first period, but Weyburn extended the lead early into the second. Just 1:32 into the middle frame, Monette would score his first goal of the game and 13th of the season. Jacob Visentini and Braigh LeGrandeur assisted him on the marker.
Yorkton got on the board with 7:51 to play in the second when David Coyle got the puck past Zol. The power play goal made it 2-1 Weyburn. Then Coyle followed it up with another goal 72 seconds later to knot things up 2-2.
It looked like the teams would go to overtime for the third time this season, when Tyler Teasdale fired a shot in from the top of the slot past Kelly with 3:37 remaining, making it 3-2 Weyburn. Monette then added the empty netter with 9.7 seconds left on the clock to seal the victory.
With 14 goals on the season, Monette leads the team heading into the Christmas break. Meanwhile, Maharaj has the team lead with points, tallying 31, including 12 goals.
The Wings will be back in action on January 5th, when they host the Estevan Bruins at Crescent Point Place.
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