It was a great start to the evening for the Weyburn Red Wings, but oh boy did it end poorly. On two occasions the Wings had two-goal leads, only to see them evaporate and end up falling 5–3 on Thursday night.
It was tough to watch as the Wings slowly had the game turn on them and Kindersley started to dominate the play in the third period. A Kindersley team that was playing its third road game in three nights — while the Wings were coming off five days rest. If the Red Wings are going to turn their season around, it was a game like tonight they simply had to win.
The Red Wings powerplay was clicking early with two goals in a span of 70 seconds in the first period. Ty Brown and Carson Scheschuk both potted goals to give the Wings a 2–0 lead just over 12 minutes in. Kindersley's Ty Enns would get his team back to within one before the end of the period.
In the second period, just as another Klipper penalty ended, Zac Gladu scored his third goal of the season to give the Wings a 3–1 lead. The squad was buzzing and a fatigued Klipper bunch appeared ready to pack it in. However, before the end of the period the Wings would get themselves into penalty trouble and it would cost them.
With a two-man advantage the Klipps would again cut the lead to one just before the second intermission. On home ice with a 3–2 lead heading into the third, the Wings absolutely collapsed to give up three unanswered goals.
Kindersley seemed like the team on five days rest in the third period winning every race to the puck and establishing their puck possession game in the Weyburn end. The Wings had some chances, but goaltender Justin Close was there at the other end to make sure only three would get past him on this night.
Kindersley tied it with 9:47 left before taking their first lead just under four minutes later. They would add an empty netter with seven seconds left to seal the victory.
Now it's all about how the Red Wings respond. This is a game they probably should have won and with Melville coming to town on Saturday night, they don't have much time to feel sorry for themselves. Sitting just three points up on the Mils for the final playoff spot, this game could go a long way in determing the Red Wings fate this season.