The RentPro Completely Branded Weyburn Razorbacks played their final home game of their inaugural season Saturday, as they welcomed the Moose Jaw Mustangs to town. The game would see the two teams start play in the Tom Zandee Sports Arena, but shortly after the game started, they would be forced to move to Crescent Point Place due to the floor being too slick.  

After the switch, which happened 2:25 into the game, the Razorbacks would trade goals with the visitors until taking the lead for good late in the second period. Weyburn went on to hold the lead for a 4-3 victory. 

“It’s nice to get the win at home for the first one at the end of the year, but it’s a big playoff push here,” said Razorbacks head coach Matt Dalton after the game. “We win the next one, we’re in the playoffs, and we’re hoping to get there.” 

The Razorbacks got the scoring started when Jack Missal scored with just over 10 minutes to play in the first period, but then the Mustangs would tie things up with just 96 seconds left in the frame when Braxton Mac Angus beat Matt Charlton.  

The physical play in the second period continued to ramp up, and it would culminate in a brawl that broke out at the 9:32 mark of the period. Two separate fights broke out in the Moose Jaw end, and a third almost started, but in the eyes of the officials, it was enough for both of those players involved to be penalized as well.  

After the dust settled, Weyburn lost the services of Nick Huntley, Ryder Hignett and Hunter Willoughby for the remainder of the game, as they were given five-minute majors for fighting, and game misconducts. For Moose Jaw, Kaden Gusa, Jake McLean and Kayde Shymko were all assessed fighting majors and game misconducts.

lacrosse players fightingA pair of fights broke out in the middle of the second period. (Photo by Kristin Grassing)

“It’s typical junior lacrosse,” said Dalton of the physicality of the game. “Ebbs and flows of it, distractors from the get-go, and then we get up there and we just battle through.” 

After the dust-up, the Razorbacks regained the lead as Samuel Borschowa scored with 7:18 remaining. The Mustangs, though, would reply with 1:45 to play in the period, when Mykenzie Shymko found the net.  

Weyburn regained the lead, however, as Mahekan Whitehorse Rider scored with just 60 seconds to play in the second, putting Weyburn up 3-2.  

In the third period, Borschowa scored his second of the night at the 8:38 mark to give Weyburn a two-goal cushion. This would prove to be the difference maker as well, as the Mustangs scored with 9:21 to play to make it 4-3. From there, the Razorbacks shut down the visitors to hold on for the win.  

Weyburn will now prepare for a big game on Wednesday, as they head to Regina to play the Barracudas in the final regular season game of their inaugural campaign. The game will have a lot on the line as well. If the Razorbacks come away with the victory, they will clinch the third and final playoff spot, leapfrogging Regina in the standings.