Timberwolves sweep south of the border

Tyler Waugh

The Hinton Timberwolves extended their win streak to lucky number 13 with a trio of road victories against American opponents Nov. 15 – 17.

The three wins improves the Timberwolves record to 16-2 to maintain their slim lead over the Edson Aeros (13-1) atop the Provincial Division standings.

Hinton set the tone early Nov. 15 against the Blazers, scoring twice in the first period and twice more in the second to build a 4-0 lead at second intermission and then cruised through to a 7-1 final.

Bryant Joseph had a pair of goals for the Timberwolves, while Alim Darmenov and Jamahl Eakett had one goal and one assist each. Logan Arsenault, Connor Kowalchuk and Brayden Harper also scored for Hinton. Goalie Kolter Pawlick had a relatively quiet game, making 14 stops as the Timberwolves outshot the Blazers 50-17.

Hinton followed the same script early the next night against Seattle, building a 4-0 early lead on two goals from Eakett and one each from Darmenov and Arsenault. Seattle would battle back with a pair of goals in the second period to make it 4-2, but wouldn’t get any closer than that in a 7-4 win for Hinton.

Dimitri Buttazzoni had a pair of goals in the third period and Eakett completed his hat-trick to close out scoring.  Harper had a pair of helpers and Mario De Capite and Joseph had one assist each. Goalie Adam Robertson made 36 saves for the win.

Eakett scored with 2:46 remaining in the second game against Bellingham to secure a 4-3 win in a much more closely contested battle to close out the southern road swing.

Eakett notched a hat trick in the game while Brendan Auger had the other Hinton goal. De Capite had two assists and Kowalchuk and Belourt had one assist each. Goalie Carter Wickson got his turn in net and made 35 stops for the win.

Hinton continues their schedule on the road this coming weekend with a pair of games in Cold Lake on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23.