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T’Wolves and Aeros to rekindle fight for top spot

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Timberwolves forward Talon Thomas found some open ice during the Feb. 15 game against Barrhead but his breakaway attempt was turned aside. Hinton won 3-2 in overtime as part of a three-game sweep.

Tyler Waugh

This coming weekend’s triple header against the Edson Aeros will be the definitive word on whether the race for the regular season title is over, or if the T’Wolves maintain a mathematical chance at top spot.

Hinton sits second in the division with a record of 30-7-1-1, 12 points behind the league leading Edson Aeros with a record of 35-3-0.

Hinton plays its next three and four of its next five games against Edson, but with only seven games remaining, the window to catch Edson is closing fast.

At the very least, this weekend’s will help set the tone for a post season battle that’s less than a month away and, looking further down the road, maybe influence a wild card spot for the Thorne Cup championships in Colorado in April.

 Hinton had to work hard this past weekend to sweep a three-game set against the Barrhead Bombers to stay in the hunt.

Hinton opened with a 4-2 win Feb. 14 in Barrhead before returning home the following day and earning a dramatic 3-2 overtime win before closing it out Feb. 16 at home with a 5-0 victory.

Goalie Kolter Pawlick had a huge game for the Timberwolves, making 47 stops for the shutout. Newcomer Thien Gamble, acquired from the Wichita Jr. Thunder, made a big impact in his Timberwolves debut, notching two goals and two assists in the win. 

Max Sturko and Dorian Hall added a goal and one assist each. Bryant Joseph and another newcomer from Wichita, Talon Thomas, had a pair of assists. Mario De Capite had Hinton’s other goal while Jakob Arsenault had an assist.

Brendan Auger came through in the clutch in the Feb. 15 game, helping to set up Artur Chirkov’s equalizing goal with only 1:06 left in the game and then scoring the OT winner with 42 seconds left on the clock. 

Max Sturko had the other Hinton goal and goaltender Adam Robertson made 30 saves.

This weekend’s action starts with games Friday and Saturday evening in Edson before a Sunday game in Hinton with puck drop at 2 pm.