Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Preseason Weekend Recap vs Weyburn

Lucas Eagle gets the better of Weyburn's Drew Kuzma during a 1st period fight on Tuesday in Estevan. PHOTO - Durr Photography

The Estevan Bruins took to the ice for the first time since November 2020 over the Labour Day weekend as preseason action in the SJHL got underway.

The Bruins played a home-and-home against the Weyburn Red Wings on Sunday and Tuesday. The Bruins took the loss in both exhibition games as the team begins to build towards the regular season.

SUNDAY – Red Wings win 5-3 in Weyburn

Eric Clark played the whole game in net for the Bruins as Weyburn skated off with a 5-3 victory. The score was tied 1-1 after the 1st period, with Eric Houk tying the game late in the frame with assists to Mason Smith and Mark Rumsey. Rumsey then deflected home a point shot early in the 2nd period to tie the game at 2-2, with assists to Aleksa Babic and Olivier Pouliot. Weyburn then scored three unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead before Cody Davis scored with just over a minute left in the game to round out the scoring in a 5-3 final. Assists on Davis’ goal to Rumsey, who had a 3-point night, and Alex Von Sprecken. Clark made 23 saves in the loss.

TUESDAY – Weyburn wins 3-2 in Estevan

Rookie goaltender Cam Hrdlicka got the start in the second game played in front of over 500 fans at Affinity Place. Weyburn took a 1-0 lead after the 1st period before Caelan Fitzpatrick tied the score at 1-1 after two with a shorthanded goal. Rumsey and Von Sprecken assisted on the goal. The Red Wings then scored twice early in the 3rd period to go up 3-1, Rumsey would deflect a point shot in with the extra attacker on the ice to trim the deficit to 3-2 with 3:00 to play. However, the Bruins couldn’t find the equalizer and the score ended 3-2 for Weyburn. Hrdlicka made 21 saves in the loss. There were also two fights in Tuesday night’s game with a pair of Bruins’ defencemen (Lucas Eagle, Alex Von Sprecken) dropping the gloves with a pair of forwards for Weyburn (Drew Kuzma, Ethan Whillans).

Cam Hrdlicka makes a 2nd period save vs Weyburn on Tuesday night. PHOTO – Durr Photography