The U18 AAA Richardson Pioneer Weyburn Gold Wings played a pair of home games over the weekends, with two of the top teams in the league paying a visit. Friday night, it was the Saskatoon Stars in town at Crescent Point Place. Sunday, they would entertain the Battlefords Sharks in a game played at Crescent Point Place AND Tom Zandee Sports Arena.
First, the game Friday.
The match-up was a make-up game, after the game originally scheduled between the clubs for the weekend of January 13th was postponed due to weather.
The Stars would take the lead in the first period Friday when Danelle Steffen scored with 20 seconds left on the clock.
Weyburn, though, bounced back with a goal just a minute in. Maicy Groenewegen scored her fourth of the campaign to even things up. Jade Olszewski had the assist on the play. Then, with 7:35 to play in the second, the Gold Wings took the lead as Hadley Revenko scored her second of the year to make it 2-1 Weyburn. Abigail Manz and Kaydance Ray had the assists on the tally.
Saskatoon would even things up before the end of the period, though, as Shayla Koroll scored with 3:40 remaining, making it 2-2 after 40 minutes.
In the third, Avery Bairos scored 4:02 into the period to make it 3-2, and then Haley Braun added an insurance goal with 9:31 to play.
Sunday, the Gold Wings were back on the ice against the Battlefords Sharks. This game would see a rather unusual turn of events in the third period, but ultimately ended with a 4-1 win for the Sharks.
Weyburn had taken the lead 7:39 into the first when Revenko scored her second of the weekend. Olszewski and Randell Banga were credited with the assists on the goal.
In the second period, the Battlefords would tie things up when Danika Dureau scored 5:19 into the period. Then, Greir Slabaida made it 2-1 for the Sharks with 11:11 left on the clock.
In the third period, things got unusual.
Just past the three-minute mark of the period, the play was stopped when it was noticed a gouge had been taken out of the surface of the ice that had cut deep into the paint at center ice. The officials and rink staff attempted to make a repair but weren't able to do so in a timely fashion, so it was decided the remaining 16:47 would be played in the Tom Zandee Sports Arena.
The players from both teams, along with all of the fans, made their way to the other arena for the rest of the game. Shortly after things got restarted, Sophie Brecht would extend the lead to 3-1 for the Sharks. Cambree Legge would add a goal with 11:05 to play, and the game finished 4-1 in favour of the Battlefords.
The Gold Wings will be back in action on February 10th, when they head to Prince Albert for a pair of games against the Bears. They return home the following weekend when they take on the Regina Rebels.