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Hinton Timberwolves forward Artur Chirkov fires a shot on net during a 16-0 home win Jan. 16 against the Cold Lake Hornets. Chirkov had five assists in the game.
The Hinton Timberwolves vaulted back into first place in the Provincial Division standings with a pair of shutout home wins during a dominant weekend doubleheader against the Cold Lake Hornets.
Hinton posted three separate hat tricks and notched four shorthanded goals in a 16-0 win to open the weekend action against a Cold Lake squad that only dressed 12 skaters.
Max Sturko had a hat trick as part of a six-point game, while Damon Belcourt and Dorian Hall added three goals each. Leading scorer Jamahl Eakett score a pair of goals in an eight-point effort and Mario De Capite had one goal in a five-point night.
Brendan Auger (one goal, three assists), Jakob Arsenault (one goal, two assists), Bryant Joseph (one goal, one assist) and Dimitri Buttazzoni also scored for Hinton. Artur Chirkov had five assists and Owen Braun, Dawson Basnett, Alim Darmenov, Ilya Zhilinsky, Connor Kowalchuk and Brayden Harper. Goalie Kolter Pawlick made 26 stops for the shutout.
De Capite and Zhilinsky led the way the following day with two goals each in a 7-0 win.
Eakett added a goal and four assists, Sturko had a goal and an assist and Arsenault had the other Hinton goal. Hall added three assists while Kowalchuk and Chirko had one helper each. Goalie Adam Robertson wasn’t as busy as Pawlick the day prior, but was still perfect on the 16 shots he faced.
Hinton improved its record to 23-5-0-1, leapfrogging them over the idle Edson Aeros (22-3-0-0), which hasn’t played since a 7-2 loss on Dec. 19 to the El Paso Rhinos at the league showcase in Las Vegas.
Up next for Hinton is a road triple header Jan. 17-19 in Meadow Lake against the third place Mustangs (7-14-1). The Mustangs are on a four-game losing streak that includes a pair of weekend losses in Barrhead against the Bombers.
Hinton and Meadow Lake have not faced off since early November when the the Timberwolves earned wins of 6-0 and 5-1 on Nov. 2 – 3 in Meadow Lake.