By Craig Stein
HOUNDS DRAW FIRST BLOOD IN THEIR SERIES
Carter Phair turned in a second straight spectacular performance on Friday night. The Weyburn Red Wings’ goalie finally gave up a goal after a shutout in their series opener Thursday, but on this night, made 52 saves on 53 shots in the Wings’ 3-1 win over Kindersley, giving Weyburn a 2-0 series lead in their Best-of-Five Wild Card Series.
Phair stopped all 30 shots he faced in the first 40 minutes, and Brandon Wagner ended his bid for a second straight shutout, just over two minutes into the third period, a period where the Klippers threw another 23 shots at Phair.
He’s now made 82/83 saves in the series, for a .988 save percentage.
Ian Parker scored his second goal in as many nights, opening the scoring in the first period of Game 2. Jacob Wozney (1g-1a) gave them some insurance in the second period, and Carson Rose (1g-1a) put the game away late in the third.
Nick Trenciansky stopped 30/33 shots in goal for Kindersley. The Klippers are in must-win territory when the series shifts to their house on Sunday for Game 3. Should they stay alive in that one, Game 4 would go the following night.
The Notre Dame Hounds have the early lead in their Wild Card Series with Melfort, defeating the Mustangs 4-1 in their series opener Friday in Wilcox.
Chance Longjohn opened the scoring just 1:41 into Game 1, and Melfort’s Tanner Zentner squared things up with 24 seconds left in the opening frame.
The rest of the damage was done by the Hounds in the second period. Rookie of the Year Adam Dawe scored the eventual winner 2:26 in, before Chaz Smedsrud and Riley Perka tacked on two more, just 21 seconds apart about three minutes later.
Benjamin Patt made 21/22 saves in goal for the Hounds.
Despite the 3+ hour jaunt up Highway 6, the two teams are alternating home dates, with Game 2 going Saturday in Melfort.