Six games in three days marks one of the busiest weekends in the Big Six. For the recap of the games on Friday, click here.
As for Saturday and Sunday, things kicked off with a game between the Arcola/Kisbey Combines and the Kipling/Windthorst Oil Kings.
Both teams have had their struggles so far this season, the Combines have been held winless in their first five games of the season while the Oil Kings had won two games coming into the contest, one of which was over the Combines.
Arcola would find the board first as Lucas Hislop got the game's first goal passed Austin Toth six minutes and thirty-four seconds into the game. Arcola/Kisbey's lead wouldn't last as James Schaeffer would answer quite quickly, only a minute and twenty six after the first of the game. One more goal would come in the first period, just a few minutes later as Matt Bean would get the first lead of the game for the Oil Kings. After one period, 2-1 for the Oil Kings.
In the second, that lead would hold up for only a moment before the Caley Bjork would extend the lead only seventeen seconds in. The 3-1 lead the Oil Kings had built would last throughout the third period would once again get added to thanks to Carson Harcourt with five minutes to go. The Combines would answer back before the end of the period thanks to Hayden Cutler.
4-2 after two periods.
The third period would start almost exactly the same as Brandon Munro would pot a goal for the Oil Kings less than thirty seconds in. This time however, the Combines would go back and forth with the Oil Kings over the next five minutes, seeing three more goals added before the halfway mark of the period. Starting with Greg Zohner just over three minutes in. Another three would pass and Oil Kings Josh Hassler would answer back for his third point of the night, and the final goal of the game would come from the Combines' Lucas Hislop, his second of the night.
Final Score: 6-4 Kipling/Windthorst
CARLYLE @ WAWOTA
Two teams that have been on winning streaks for the last few games. Carlyle hadn't lost a game since their first two games, winning five straight since. As for the Flyers, they had not played a bad game this season, riding a two game winning streak coming in, and the only loss they had was a shorthanded 6-5 decision to the Oil Kings. Both teams have players in the race for the league lead in points as well. Ben Johnstone of Carlyle held 19 points before the game, tied for the league lead, and behind him were Flyers Derek Frater and Ryan Taylor, who had 13 and 14 points respectively.
These two offensive teams would take things a little slower to start off the game as we wouldn't see a goal until over halfway through the period. The game's first lead would be awarded to the Flyers on home ice thanks to Ryan Taylor, 10:49 into the game. From there, Carlyle would take the lead before the end of the period. Sam Matthewson would score for the Cougars two minutes later, and Marc Shaw would add one more with 2:34 left to put Carlyle up 2-1.
In the second, Carlyle continued their goal streak, scoring their thrid straight just under halfway through the frame when Nathan Deck would pot his fifth of the season. Down by two, the Flyers would score another two to tie the game back up, Derek Frater would pull his team back to within one with 7:36 on the clock, and Rob West would tie it up.
3-3 after two.
Neither team had scored a goal in the first ten minutes of a period going into the third, and that trend would continue on. With just under six minutes to play, the celebration for the Cougars may have started early when their leading scorer Ben Johnstone scored the go ahead goal his second point of the night and his fifteenth goal of the season.
The celebration would be shortlived, as exactly a minute-thirty later, Taylor Ernst would get the game tied up once more. The deadlock would stand still for the final 4:15 of the game period, and so the game would need overtime and a shootout.
The shootout would go in favour of the Flyers, giving them the 5-4 win over the Cougars and hand them their first loss in six games.
Final Score: 5-4 Wawota
WAWOTA @ BIENFAIT
Now winning three games in a row, Wawota looked to make it four as they welcomed Bienfait into their rink. Coming in, the Coalers had lost three straight, including Carlyle, the team the Flyers had beat the night before.
Bienfait showed some determination to get their team back in the win column early on as they would open the scoring thanks to their second leading goal scorer Dylan Herzberg, 1:36 into the game. Later in the period, Taylor Ernst would get his second straight goal for his team, the last being the game tying goal before the shootout win the night before. Linden Piorer would add one more for the Flyers before Bienfait would strike back. 53 seconds on the clock, Herzberg would score his second of the night and tie things at two after the first.
In the second, the Coalers would again score first, and it'd be the third straight for Herzberg for the hat trick, only 7:31 into the second period. Then, to keep things knotted up, a minute later Ernst would add his second of the game to the board for the Flyers. For the third goal in less than three minutes though, the Coalers would roll back down the other end and Derian Pratt would take the lead back. That score would last until the end of the period.
4-3 Coalers after two.
In the third period, flood gates would crack open a bit more for both teams, starting off again with the Coalers. Keegan Malaryk would give them a two goal lead of the game four minutes into the final frame. Twenty seven seconds later, the Flyers would bring it back to within to two off the stick of Brady Dinwoodie. The Flyers looked determined to take the lead when they tied things up for the first time since the first period when Kris Gilbertson would score their second of the period.
That would be as close as the Flyers would get as Dylan Herzberg would score his fourth of the game to go ahead by one with just over five minutes to play, and Keegan Malaryk's second of the game would snuff out any chances of a comeback with fifty seconds on the board.
Final score: 7-5 Bienfait
The win breaks a three game losing streak for the Coalers while also breaking a three game winning streak for the Flyers. Besides the four goals, Dylan Herzberg also added an assist, giving him a five point night that rocketed him up to the second on his team behind Dallas Kickley, who also had three assists that night.
The only game on the schedule for this week is Tuesday, between the Redvers Rockets and the Oxbow Huskies.