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T’Wolves continue to roll, ranked 2nd in WSHL

Tyler Waugh

The Hinton Timberwolves won three straight weekend contests to push their win streak to six games, keeping them atop the Provincial Division another week and vaulting them into the top 10 rankings of the Western States Hockey League (WSHL).

Hinton dispatched the Barrhead Bombers in two games – a 5-2 win at home Oct. 25 and a 7-2 win in Barrhead the following day – and then pummelled visiting Meadow Lake Mustangs in a 13-1 rout to close out the weekend’s games.

The wins improve Hinton’s record to 9-2 and earned them a spot at Number 2 in the WSHL top 10 rankings released after the weekend, behind only the undefeated Ogden Mustangs (11-0) of the Northwest Division.

And if there’s a way to slow down Jamahl Eakett then the Bombers and the Mustangs didn’t get the memo, similar to most other teams so far this season. Eakett had a 15-point weekend with one goal and one assist Oct. 25, three goals and three assists Oct. 26 and three goals and four assists Oct. 27.

The weekend stats pushed Eakett, who finished fifth in league scoring in 2018-19, to the top of the WSHL scoring lead early in the 2019 season with 17 goals and 19 assists for 36 points in nine games played.

Brendan Auger, last year’s leading scorer for the Hinton Wildcats, vaulted himself into the top eight in WSHL scoring with a three-assist night Oct. 26 and then a six-point game Oct. 27, including a hat-trick. Auger now has nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points in 11 games.

Also scoring for the Timberwolves on Oct. 25 were Dawson Basnett, Brayden Harper and Jakob Arsenault, while Dimitri Buttazzoni added a goal and two assists. Mario Decapite had a pair of assists while Alim Darmenov, Ilya Zhilinsky and Connor Kowalchuk had one apiece. Carter Wickson made 39 stops.

Seth Ulmer, Buttazzoni and Harper also scored for Hinton on Oct. 26, while Dorian Hall had a goal and three assists and Logan Arsenault added a pair of assists. Adam Robertson made 33 stops.

Hall had another big day Oct. 27 against Meadow Lake, notching two goals and two assists and Jakob Arsenault had a four-point day of his own with a goal and three helpers. Logan Arsenault, Kowalchuk and Decapite each had a goal and an assist as well, while Wickson made 19 stops in net.

Hinton takes its show on the road this coming weekend with games in Barrhead on Nov. 1 and Meadow Lake on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3.

Hinton returns home Nov. 8 for the front end of a weekend home and home series against Barrhead before launching a nearly month-long stretch of road games in Bellingham, Seattle and Cold Lake. 

Hinton doesn’t have another home game until Dec. 1 after the Nov. 8 date and doesn’t play Edson again until Feb. 2.