The Weyburn Red Wings have reached the halfway mark of the season. Here is a look back at the numbers from the first 29 games of the year.
2 - The Red Wings currently sit in 2nd place in the Viterra Division, with a record of 16-11-2-0. They are three points back of Estevan for first in the division.
779 - The Red Wings have the third highest average attendance in the league this year, behind only the Battlefords and Estevan. The Wings also played in front of the largest crowd so far this year, when they took on the North Stars in North Battleford on November 11th.
28 - Weyburn’s Ben Hiltz has been catching the eye of everyone around the league with his play through his first 24 games of the season. He has picked up 28 points so far (12 goals, 16 assists), which is almost four times as many points as he had last season. He has been rewarded for his play as well. He was the lone invite from Weyburn to the selection camp for Canada West, which will play in the World Junior A Challenge later this month.
423 - The Red Wings are the second least penalized team in the SJHL, continuing a trend of discipline from last season. They have the fewest major penalties (five), and the fewest misconduct penalties. On average, the Wings have taken 14.59 penalty minutes per game. By comparison, the Kindersley Klippers have the highest PIM per game, with 28.74.
59 - It seems goals on the road have been fairly easy to come by for the Red Wings. In their 18 road games so far this year, they have found the back of the net 59 times. Only the Estevan Bruins have more at this point in the season (62).
10 - The number of wins the Red Wings have over teams from the Sherwood Division. Notorious for being the hardest division to play against, particularly on the road, this is no easy feat. In fact, the Wings have more wins in the Sherwood Division than any other team in the league so far. They also have the second highest number of wins against opponents outside their division. The comparison may not be too fair, though, as Weyburn has played fewer games against teams in the Viterra Division than the other divisions.
0 - The Weyburn Red Wings haven’t played their Highway 39 rivals, the Estevan Bruins, since the pre-season. The two teams don't meet this year until December 30th, when they play at Crescent Point Place.
19.6 % and 78.0 % - When it comes to special teams, the Wings have had their ups and downs. The power play has been off the hook while on the road (best road power play in the league), while the penalty kill has been average away from Crescent Point Place. On the other hand, the power play hasn’t seen as much success while at home, while the penalty kill at home is amongst the best in the league.
85 - The rookies on the Red Wings roster have been outstanding so far this season. Altogether, they have combined for 85 points this year. Only the rookies from the Notre Dame Hounds (98) and the Flin Flon Bombers (99) have combined for more.
2.94 - The goals against average for Arik Weersink. He carries the mantle of number one goalie for the team now, and while his numbers aren’t at the very top of the league, he is setting personal bests at the junior A level.
18 - When it comes to the power play, someone who is capable of making reads and quarterbacking it from the point is important. The Red Wings have that with captain Mike Eskra. The fourth-year blueliner has 18 points on the power play this year.
13 - Not many teams have a defenseman lead the way in goals for a season, but not every team has Erik Olson either. The second-year player with the Wings has picked up 13 goals so far this year, and is the top goal-scoring defenseman in the SJHL so far this year.
30 - Cade Kowalski came into the season with impressive numbers through high school and midget. His play so far this season has been as advertised, as he leads the team in points, and is the top scoring rookie in the league this year.
11 - Jordan Kazymyra showed he was fast, and had an accurate shot throughout training camp. Once the season began, he put it all to good use. Playing with a fire and intensity not seen in many rookies, he has 11 goals on the season, second highest amongst all first-year players in the SJHL.
18 - The Red Wings will have 18 games at home between now, and the end of the season. In fact, they play just three road games in the entire month of January, with those three games in Estevan and Wilcox. The lack of extensive travel could work in Weyburn’s favor, as many of those opponents at home have to travel a fair distance.