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T’wolves beat Bombers, extend win streak

Hinton Timberwolves forward Dimitri Buttazzoni snipes home the winning goal during a Nov. 8 home game against the Barrhead Bombers.
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Hinton Timberwolves fans were treated to a fantastic finish Nov. 8 as the home team leveraged a pair of late power play goals to fend off the Barrhead Bombers for a 5-3 final.

Dimitri Buttazzoni scored the winner with a man advantage, firing home a shot from the slot with 8:28 remaining and Brayden Harper closed it out with a power play marker of his own with 1:38 left.

Hinton held a 3-1 lead going into the third period on goals by Brendan Auger, Mario Decapite and Damon Belcourt, but had to overcome an early scare in the final frame.

Barrhead came storming out of the gate, and scored off the opening face off to narrow the lead to 3-2. The Bombers then killed off a two-man advantage midway through the period and scored the equalizer not long after the penalized player stepped out of the box.

And when Auger and Buttazzoni weren’t notching goals they were busy getting under the skin of Bombers players, with Auger playing particularly feisty through the game.

Jamahl Eakett notched three assists to maintain his scoring lead in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL), while Dawson Basnett, Alim Darmenov, Joseph, Decapite and Auger had one assist each.

Eakett now has 23 goals and 26 assists for 49 points in 13 games played. Auger crawled up into fourth place in WSHL scoring with 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 15 games. Goalie Adam Robertson made 37 stops for Hinton. Hinton’s road game in Barrhead was cancelled due to road conditions.

Hinton heads south of the border this coming weekend with games in Bellingham on Nov. 15 and Nov. 17 sandwiched around a game in Seattle.