The Estevan Bruins lost 2-0 to the Weyburn Red Wings on the opening night of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League regular season Friday night in Weyburn.
The Bruins carried the play early on in the game, and had chances to score, but couldn’t beat Weyburn goaltender Aaron De Kok. Weyburn opened the scoring with 3:57 to play in the first on a power play goal by Braden Birnie.
he Bruins had some of their best chances to score in the first half of the third, most notably when Tyler Savage hit the post and crossbar on a power play about six minutes into the final frame.
Ben Hiltz put the game away for Weyburn when he scored into an empty net with a minute remaining.
De Kok stopped 30 shots to get the shutout in his first start in the SJHL.
Keenan Rancier made 22 saves in his first start with the Bruins.
Next week’s edition of the Mercury will have more on this story.