With a home-heavy schedule down the stretch, the Power Dodge Estevan Bruins grabbed their first win after the break with a 5-3 victory over the Weyburn Red Wings at Affinity Place.
After defeating the Red Wings 8-2 two weeks earlier in Weyburn, the Bruins faced a much more resilient opponent in the rematch on Sunday afternoon. In fact despite outshooting Weyburn 16-3 in the 1st period, the Red Wings would lead 1-0 after the opening frame as Eric Soar scored a powerplay goal at the 16:08 mark.
Weyburn would take a 2-0 lead just 2:16 into the 2nd period as Sean Olson also scored a powerplay goal. But the Bruins would rally and end up taking the lead before the intermission.
Another hard-working shift from Jayden Davis and the Manz twins resulted in Tyson Manz burying a rebound at the 7:03 mark to make it 2-1. Jake Heerspink grabbed the lone assist on the play.
The Bruins tied the game less than five minutes later on the powerplay as Jake Heerspink blasted the puck past Weyburn’s Cody Levesque to make it 2-2 at the 11:45 mark. Johnny Witzke and Tristyn Deroose assisted on the marker.
Just before the end of the period, Bryce Platt scored the go-ahead goal with 28 seconds left to give Estevan a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes. Michael McChesney and Aigne McGeady-Bruce assisted on the goal.
The Bruins would extend the lead to 4-2 at the 5:51 mark as, after drawing a penalty, McChesney sniped his team-leading 18th goal of the year on the powerplay. Heerspink and Witzke assisted on the goal.
It remained 4-2 until the final minute when Weyburn closed the gap to 4-3 with 31 seconds left as Tyran Brown put home the loose puck with the extra attacker on the ice. But a final push from Weyburn would fall short and Turner Ripplinger scored into the empty net to make the final 5-3.
Grant Boldt (21/24) got the win in net for the Bruins, while Cody Levesque (43/47) was tagged with the loss for Weyburn.
Both teams finished (2/6) on the powerplay in the game. After two games, all of Weyburn’s five goals against Estevan have come with an extra man on the ice (four powerplay goals, one extra attacker).
Total attendance for the game was tallied at 1,327 while the Certified Energy Services 50/50 jackpot finished at $6,684.
The Bruins head to Weyburn to complete the annual New Years’ home-and-home with a 3:00 start in Weyburn on Tuesday, Jan. 1st. The next home game is on Tuesday, January 8th when the Bruins host the Yorkton Terriers at 7:00pm at Affinity Place.