Three high scoring games over the weekend got the Sask West Hockey League off and running, as senior hockey around the province has gotten off to a good start so far.
In the leagues lone game on opening night Friday, the Unity Miners traveled to Macklin and suffered a 9-1 defeat at the hands of the Mohawks. Unity is the only team that played twice to open the season, dropping their home opener the next night out against the Edam 3 Stars 10-0. Unity’s next game goes Friday in Biggar, and then Saturday in Kindersley as the Miners see a busy start to their season.
The other game on Saturday was between Wilkie and Kerrobert from the Kerrobert Arena, with the road team heading home victorious after a 9-2 score opened their season. Wilkie’s next game is set for Friday at home against Hafford, and Kerrobert’s next chance for a victory will be the next night out against Edam.
“First weekend of hockey and it feels great to get three games in. These guys have been put forward for the FIRST player of the week this SWHL season,” said league president Joe Cey in an email.
Edam’s Mitch Wall collected 3 goals and 2 assists in the big win against Unity, and he was given the first week's nod for Player of the Week.
Honourable mentions went out to teammate Joel Blaquiere for his hat-trick against Unity, and also Macklin’s Mitch Brennan for his 2 goals. Brennan’s teammate Hunter Steinhubel also got a mention for his 4 point night. Wilkie’s Rick Cey earned a mention alongside teammates Brock Harrison, Derek Keller, and goaltender Jared Herle who stopped 31 of 33 shots in the win. Not to be forgotten from the losing side, Kerrobert goalie Grant Smith faced a ridiculous 68 shots and stopped 59 of them.
There are 6 games set for this week in the SWHL, as the Biggar Nationals, Hafford Hawks, and Kindersley Sr Klippers will open their season.