WEYBURN – The Richardson Pioneer Weyburn Red Wings edged out the Kindersley Klippers 6-5 on Friday evening before a home crowd, after a tough road trip that included losses at the SJHL Showcase in Warman.
The evening was also helpful for two community organizations, as the teddy bear toss was held for the Salvation Army, and a jersey auction was held for the Family Place, featuring specially-made jerseys for the occasion.
For this game, volunteer auctioneer Winston Bailey sold off four jerseys, for Wyatt LaCoste, Ryan Hicks, Dallen Oxelgren and Dazza Mitchell.
The teddy bears hit the ice in the first period, after Jacob Visentini scored on the power play at 4:28. He was assisted by Tyler Teasdale and Nicholas Kovacs.
Drew Molde then scored as he went in alone after being fed a pass by Visentini, and Teasdale scored a minute later, assisted by Jaxson Ruthven and Max Monette.
Goaltender Dazza Mitchell kept the Red Wings in the game, including turning aside a penalty shot by Logan Cox late in the first period.
With the score tied at 3-3 after the first period, the Klippers scored one followed by two Red Wings goals. Oxelgren scored unassisted, then Elijah Anderson scored on the power play, assisted by Visentini.
The two teams each scored once in the third period, with Visentini getting his second goal, again on the power play, assisted by Kovacs and Cade Meiklejohn.
Mitchell was in net for the full 60 minutes, and made 35 saves on 40 shots. The Red Wings were three for six on the power play, while the Klippers were one for four.
The win came on the heels of a loss at the SJHL Showcase, as they fell 6-1 on Thursday to the Battlefords North Stars.
The lone Red Wings goal came in the third period from Braigh LeGrandeur, assited by Kovacs and Lucas Schmid.
Eric Kahl was in net for a total of 32 minutes, making 18 saves on 21 shots, then Mitchell went in for the balance of the second period, making three saves on four shots. Kahl went back in for the third period, and made 12 saves on 14 shots.
The Red Wings hosted Humboldt on Tuesday evening, and will now be on the road until mid-December.
They will be in Wilcox on Friday evening to play the Hounds, and in Estevan to play the Bruins on Saturday night. The Red Wings will then have a bit of a break before they travel to Nipawin on Dec. 6, and then to Flin Flon on Dec. 8 and 9, and Humboldt on Dec. 15.
The last home game before the Christmas break will be on Saturday, Dec. 16, when they host the Yorkton Terriers at Crescent Point Place.