Skip to content

SECON Maulers drop weekend pair to Moose Jaw

Earn one point in eight early season contests
mauler 2 Oct 10
The Yorkton SECON Maulers lost to Moose Jaw Sunday,
YORKTON - To say it has been a hard start for the Yorkton SECON Maulers this season would be under statement. 

The team has one overtime loss point in eight games to start the Saskatchewan U18 AAA Hockey League season and sit last in the 12-team loop. 

The most recent loss came this weekend as the Maulers dropped a pair of games to Moose Jaw at the Westland Arena in the city. 

Saturday the visiting Warriors won 10-5. 

The teams were tied 1-1 after 20-minutes, Shaden Duliak scoring for Yorkton. 

In the second the teams traded goals early, Jaxon Sperling scoring for the Maulers, before the Warriors pumped in a half dozen goals to make it 8-2 going to the dressing rooms after 40-minutes. 

It was 10-2 in the third before Kyle Weisgerber, Cade Kennedy, and Dawson Karol added three for the Maulers to round out the contest. 

Sunday the score was closer, but only marginally as the Warriors won 7-4. 

Cade Kennedy gave the home side an early 1-0 lead, but Moose Jaw tied the game. 

Jye Zawatsky gave Yorkton a 2-1 lead, but the Warriors again knotted the score. 

Kennedy scored his second of the period, and again Moose Jaw responded, and then went ahead 4-3 before the first intermission. 

Moose Jaw added one with the only goal of the middle frame to lead 5-3. 

It would be 7-3 in the third before Tyson Herron scored in the final minute to make it 7-4. 

“We’re still learning and working on things in the defensive zone, how to keep ourselves between the puck and the net,” said Mauler head coach Ed Zawatsky. 

Zawatzky said it is pretty clear with a bunch of players who saw almost no game time in 2020, they are struggling to come together as a team. 

“There’s just not enough game experience,” he said, adding that hurts when taking on teams in the top half of the standings so far, such as the Warriors, Regina Pat Canadians and Saskatoon Blazers. 

So far only the overtime shoot-out loss to Battlefords was a game Zawatzky said the team was in a real position to win. 

Zawatzky said unfortunately the team is having to learn through its mistakes, rather than by making good plays and simply needing to repeat those more often.