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T’wolves start new year with win

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Tyler Waugh
news@hintonvoice.ca


The Hinton Timberwolves exacted a little revenge on the Cold Lake Hornets with a 6-2 road win Jan. 4. 

Cold Lake was the last Provincial Division opponent to beat Hinton – a 5-2 game Nov. 23 in Cold Lake – but Timberwolves defenceman Dawson Basnett got the ball rolling early Jan. 4 with a goal at just 17:22 of the first period.

Jamahl Eakett, who continues to sit atop the Western States Hockey league scoring race, notched two goals, including the winner, and two assists in the win.

Max Sturko, Mario De Capite, Bryant Joseph and Basnett all had one goal and one assist for the Timberwolves, while Alim Darmenov add a pair of helpers and Dorian Hall, Artur Chirkov, Jakob Arsenault and Brendan Auger added one assist each.

Adam Robertson made 31 stops in net for Hinton.

The win also ends a three-game losing streak suffered during league showcase action in mid December in Las Vegas.

The showcase saw the Timberwolves face off against three top-ranked squads from other divisions in the Western States Hockey League. The squad lost 4-1 to the Northern Colorado Eagles (Mid-Western Division), suffered a 2-1 overtime loss to the host Las Vegas Thunderbirds (Western Division) and then dropped a 5-1 decision to the Ogden Mustangs (Northwest Division).

Hinton currently sits second in the Provincial Division standings with a record of 21-5-0-1 and Cold Lake, which travels to Hinton for a pair of games this coming weekend,  sits fourth in the division with a record of 6-16-0-2.

Edson sits atop the division with a record of 22-3-0-0.

Edson and Hinton have only played each other three times since the regular season started, with the Timberwolves holding a 1-2 record against the Aeros. The two teams will face each other four times in February including a weekend tripleheader Feb. 21-23 that will see two games in Edson before a Sunday matinee  in Hinton.

Hinton travels to Meadow Lake (7-12-0-0, third in division) for a trio of games Jan. 25 – 26.

Hinton is home this weekend to host Cold Lake on Jan. 11 at 7:30 pm and Jan. 12 at 2 pm.