The U18 AAA Richardson Pioneer Weyburn Gold Wings finished off the 2023-24 regular season on a high note Monday afternoon. They shut out the Notre Dame Hounds 1-0 at Crescent Point Place. 

The game was originally scheduled to be played on Sunday afternoon, but a winter storm prompted the game to be postponed by a day. Despite the game taking place on a Monday afternoon, a decent crowd came out to watch the Gold Wings pick up their fifth regulation win of the season. 

Second-year netminder Amy Swayze would make 35 saves in the Weyburn net to record her first shutout of the season. The Gold Wings would also kill six penalties, keeping the Hounds' offence at bay through all three periods. 

"We've had a lot of good battles against Notre Dame, and we had yet to take three points from them," Gold Wings head coach Chandy Kaip said after the game. "Today was bittersweet. It's our last home game of the regular season, at the same time we're walking away with three points, which is really exciting."

Both goaltenders played strong through the first 20 minutes, but it would be early in the second period when Weyburn took the lead. A point shot from Randell Banga would be tipped by a Notre Dame player past Schay Camphaug just 1:12 into the middle frame. The goal, Banga's second of the season, was assisted by Abigail Manz. 

From there, the goaltenders at both ends of the ice stood on their heads to keep the score where it remained for the rest of the afternoon. 

With the regular season over, the Gold Wings will now get set for their first playoff game Friday night. They will open a best-of-three first-round series against the Stars in Saskatoon. 

"It's just keeping that momentum," Kaip said of the playoffs. 

The second game of the series is scheduled for Weyburn on Sunday, March 10th, with the third game to be played in Saskatoon on March 12th.