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The Hinton Timberwolves goaltending duo of Adam Robertson and Carter Wickson posted a shutout streak of 125 minutes during a weekend three-game home stand against a pair of American squads from the Northwest Division.
Hinton’s defence was less than hospitable in posting a pair of shutouts to open the weekend, with Wickson making 28 stops on Oct. 18 against the Seattle Totems and Robertson making 29 stops of his own the following day against the Bellingham Blazers in a pair of 5-0 wins.
Seattle found the back of the net behind Wickson only 4:56 into the third game of the weekend, potting their lone goal of the Canadian road trip in a 3-1 loss on Oct. 20. Dimitri Buttazzoni, Dorian Hall and Mario Decapite answered for Hinton and Wickson made 38 stops in the win.
Hinton had two goals and two assists from Jamahl Eakett in the opening game, with single tallies from Brendan Auger, Logan Arsenault and Decapite. Hall had a pair of assists as Hinton outshot Seattle by a margin of 39-28.
Hinton continued to dominate in shots and scoring chances the next day against Bellingham, but the game was scoreless until a power play goal by defenceman Ilya Zhilinksy with 7:49 left in the second period.
Decapite put the nail in the coffin with a pair of shorthanded goals seven seconds apart later in the period for a 3-0 lead at the second intermission. Auger and Logan Arsenault capped off the scoring in the third period as Hinton continued to pepper the Bellingham net as goalie Saahil Mann made 28 stops in the final frame and 55 saves overall.
The weekend sweep improves Hinton’s record to 5-2, which is still good enough to sit atop the Provincial Division. Hinton has benefited from all but one regular season game being at home to start the schedule, and that trend continues this coming weekend with a pair of home games sandwiched around a road date in Barrhead.
Hinton opens the home and home series with Barrhead (2-4-1) on Oct. 25 at Bill Thomson Arena with puck drop at 8 pm, and then Hinton fans get their first look at the still undefeated Meadow Lake Mustangs (3-0) on Oct. 27 with puck drop at 2 pm.