It wasn't the start the Weyburn Red Wings were looking for to kickstart their road trip — not at all for that matter. Melfort scored early and often and ran away with a 9–1 win on home ice on Tuesday night.
It was an all-around let down for the Wings who found themselves down 4–0 after the first period and being outshot 20–3. Their defensive zone play was abysmal, they couldn't get any sort of sustained offence going and their special teams let them down as well. They were outshot 49–23 in the game and were stunned to be down by three goals not even halfway through the first period.
Goaltender Riley Lamb was yanked after three goals on 10 shots and just 9:26 of action. Eighteen-year-old Cody Levesque was forced into action and stopped 33 of the 39 shots fired his way.
One of the few bright spots for Weyburn was the debut of young Liam Rutten. The affiliate is playing this season with the Midget AAA Tisdale Trojans and made the short trek to Melfort to make his SJHL debut. He provided some jump every time he was on the ice and threw a big hit on Mustangs defenceman Marshall Skapski, much to the delight of his teammates.
Rhett Frey was another positive for the Wings. He never takes a shift off and was rewarded with the lone Weyburn goal on the night. Frey scooped up a turnover and went in all alone before firing a wrist show bar down over the shoulder of Melfort goalie Shawn Parkinson. Other than that there wasn't much to cheer about for the red and white.
On the other side, Melfort's Justin Ball scored once and added three assists to extend his point streak to 25 games and his goal streak to seven games. He's one of the premier scorers in the league and was a handful for the Wings all night long.
There isn't much time for the Wings to dwell on the tough loss as they're back in action on Wednesday night on Flin Flon. It doesn't get any easier for the squad as Flin Flon poses another offensive threat and a tough place to play in the Whitney Forum.
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