WEYBURN – The Weyburn Red Wings had a win and a loss in their final two preseason games, including a 7-1 victory over the Notre Dame Hounds on Friday night.
Earlier in the week, they fought the Yorkton Terriers to a 6-5 loss in a shootout on Wednesday evening.
In the win over the Hounds, Notre Dame scored their lone goal of the night in the first period, and the Red Wings dominated for the remainder of the game.
Jaxson Ruthven scored to tie the game halfway through the second period, assisted by Brad Banach, with Seb Hicks scoring a couple minutes later, assists going to Jerome Maharaj and Elijah Anderson.
Logan Greenough scored to put the Wings up 3-1 at the end of the second period, assisted by Drew Molde and Carter Briltz.
Weyburn added four more in the third period, with Ruthven getting his second goal on the way to a hattrick, assisted by Braigh LeGrandeur, then LeGrandeur scored on the power play, assisted by Briltz and Banach.
Lucas Schmid scored on the power play with assists by Tyler Teasdale and Roan Crowe, then Ruthven finished the scoring on assists from Anderson and Teasdale.
Dazza Mitchell was strong in net, stopping 38 of the 39 shots made on goal.
In the game versus the Terriers, the teams traded one goal each in the first period, then Weyburn went up 4-3 in the second, and it was knotted up at 5-5 at the end of regulation time, sending them to overtime, then to a shootout.
Drew Molde scored for the Red Wings in the first period, assisted by Max Henderson and Blake Betson. In the middle frame, Liam Fitzgerald scored on the power play, assisted by Ryley Cyca and Dallen Oxelgren.
Betson scored on the power play with an assist from Oxelgren, and Fitzgerald scored his second of the night from Henderson.
Max Monette scored in the third on the power play, assisted by Schmid and Oxelgren.
In the shootout, Maharaj scored, and Yorkton had two shooters score to give them the win.
Adam Kelly was in net for the Red Wings for the full 60 minutes plus overtime, stopping 28 of 33 shots on goal.
The Red Wings are now preparing to host the Terriers for their regular season home opener on Friday, Sept. 22, at Crescent Point Place, with the puck dropping at 7 p.m. Weyburn will then visit Yorkton on Saturday evening, and will then have a home-and-home pair of games with their Highway 39 rivals, the Estevan Bruins, playing first in Estevan on Sept. 29 and hosting at Crescent Point Place on Sept. 30.