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Hinton Timberwolves forward Max Sturko earned two minutes in the sin bin for charging on this hit during a Feb. 23 home game against the Edson Aeros. Hinton played Edson to another close game, but couldn’t find a way to win in a 7-5 loss.
The Hinton Timberwolves showed during a three-game set against the division leading Edson Aeros that they definitely have what it takes to keep pace with their rivals.
The only thing Hinton needs to do now is figure out how to get over the hump and beat them.
Hinton played Edson to a dead heat for most of the final game of the weekend, played Feb. 23 at home. The score was deadlocked at 5-5 late in the game, with Hinton goals from Thien Gamble, Max Sturko, Alim Darmenov, Damon Belcourt and Artur Chirkov.
But Edson scored twice in the final 2:58 to close out the win and a sweep of the weekend tripleheader, clinching the division and improving its record to 38-3-0-0.
Hinton also came close the night before in Edson, notching two goals in the middle of the third period to pull to within one goal at 5-4, but Edson goalie Gregory Smith shut the door the rest of the way, making 13 stops in the third.
Jakob Arsenault, Talon Thomas, Gamble and Sturko scored for Hinton and Adam Robertson made 47 stops in net.
Hinton opened the weekend with a 5-1 loss in Edson. The squads were deadlocked most of the first half of the game, but Edson pulled ahead midway through the second period and then pulled away with three goals in the final 9:27.
Artur Chirkov had Hinton’s only goal and Kolter Pawlick and Robertson combined for 43 stops in net for Hinton.
The Timberwolves get one more crack at beating the Aeros in the regular season this Sunday with a road game at 3 pm.
Hinton (31-10-1-1) hosts the Barrhead Bombers (11-30-1-1) on Feb. 29 at 8 pm in what could be a first round playoff preview. Barrhead just came off a three-game sweep of the Cold Lake Hornets (9-30-0-2) to vault into third place in the Provincial Division.