The Yorkton Secon Maulers can’t catch a break. The SMAAAHL team went on a road trip over the weekend, but the trip didn’t result in any wins.
The first game saw them meet the Notre Dame Argos.
It was a close match after the first. The Argos got on the board first, with a goal from Philip Fath assisted by Blake Hiltermann. But it didn’t take long for the Maulers to tie it up, with an unassisted goal from Blake Duquette.
The Argos found the next again in the second with Jaryd Sych assisted by Avery Kirkup.
It was the third period, however, that saw the Argos cement their win. Riley Woykin assisted by Kevin Bond and Jaydon Forrester got the first goal of the period. The Maulers put a goal of their own late in the third, with the second goal from Duquette, assisted by Easton Johns. But it wasn’t enough, and an unassisted, empty net goal from Kevin Gould for Notre Dame lead to a final score of 3-2.
The Maulers then made the trip to North Battleford for a pair of games against the Stars.
The first game was on Oct. 5. The first period started well for both teams. The Stars put the first goal on the board thanks to Mason Bueckert assisted by Carson Dobson and Liam Rodman, but the Maulers met them with a goal of their own, from Daitan Dmytriw assisted by Payton Kachur. Until the third period, it was anyone’s game.
In the second half of the third, it suddenly became the Stars’ game.
Bueckert started off the scoring, assisted by Payton Kostyshyn. Then Carson Dobson made an unassisted goal. A power play goal at under two minutes left by Tanner Willick with the assist from Owen Slugoski, left no doubt whose game this was.
In the end, the score was 4-1 for Battleford.
On Sunday, Oct. 6, the Maulers came out in force. The first period began with a goal from Daitan Dmytriw assisted by Rhys Maskimow and Easton Johns. It didn’t take much time for Kylen Taphorn to follow it up with an unassisted goal of his own. Then, with under two minutes left in the first, Blake Duquette, assisted by Mason Ziola and Payton Kachur, got a power play goal, ending the period with the Maulers up by three.
For the majority of the game, it looked good for the Maulers, though the Stars were scoring.
Curren Wintonyk-Pilot, assisted by Liam Rodman, got the first goal for the Stars in the second.
The third saw the Stars put a second goal on the scoreboard, thanks to Kyle Heintz, assisted by Nick Steciuk. But at this point, the Maulers were still up.
But in the waning seconds of the game, the Stars tied it up at three, thanks to a goal from Tanner Willick, assisted by Kyle Heintz.
That sent the game into overtime, and in the end it was the Battlefords that got the upper hand. Mason Bueckert assisted by Ethan Grabowski and Carson Dobson, got the win for the Stars.
Next action for the Maulers will be this weekend, with two games against the Saskatoon Blazers at the Farrell Agencies Arena. Puck drops at 2:00p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.