The Midget Estevan Bruins gained ground in the standings over the weekend with a pair of hard fought wins on the road and at home.
On Friday, they headed to Wilcox to face the Notre Dame Argos. The Argos opened scoring but were quickly tied by Tanner Stovin for Estevan in the first period. Stovin then knotted the score with the only goal of the second frame to give Estevan a lead into the third. Notre Dame brought it back to even once again before Joey Meredith gave the Bruins another edge. Bryce Thomson gave the Argos another tie with 13 seconds left, sending the match to overtime. That's where Dylan Hull dug the knife in to give Estevan the 4-3 win.
The Black and Gold then went straight home for a days rest, before hosting the Lumsden/Bethune Lions on Sunday. Close play commenced with neither side finding an edge until the second frame, when Kelby Widenmaier bumped in a feed off of duo Tanner and Trey Stovin. Estevan held the lead through the third, while goaltender Morgan Wanner held the net against a last moment Lion charge, for a 1-0 victory.
"I thought it was a good weekend...two pretty big wins for us there. Friday night, it would have been nice to finish off that game in regulation and not give the Argos the point, but I thought it was big for us to bounce back after giving up a late goal and win in overtime," said Head Coach Riley Hengen.
When it came to the second game, he noted that quality scoring chances were limited by an opponent that kept his team to the outside.
"You're not always going to score five or six goals, so it's nice that we can find ways to win those close games...I thought that we could have may had a bit more offence, but Lumsden had a late push there in the third where Wanner had to come up big, so I thought we did a pretty good job of preserving a lead."
The two victories lift Estevan from tenth place to seventh in the standings, just below the Regina Capitals and above the Regina Rangers.
The Bruins are back in action on the 22nd and 23rd of December, when they host the Regina Vics back to back in Affinity Place.