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Selects Tame the Wild

By Kaelin Baydock, 12/08/18, 10:00PM CST


The Provincial Midget Eastman Selects defeat the Winnipeg Wild in a thrilling game

The Winnipeg Wild looked to keep their top spot in the Provincial Midget league when they played the fourth place Eastman Selects.  The first period began with the Selects bringing their physical game to the Wild, trying to wear them down.  The Wild overcame the Selects physicality with speed and skill of their own.  Both teams were able to create scoring chances however the period ended with the Wild and Selects still scoreless. 


With the second period underway, the Wild opened up the scoring with Kayden Bryant finding the back of the net putting his team up 1-0.  The Selects answered quickly with a goal of their own courtesy of Michael Svenson.  With the Selects still riding their high of tying the game, they struck again minutes later with Michael Svenson getting his second game and putting the Selects up 2-1 early in the period.  The Wild, not wanting to be outdone by the Selects, responded with their own set of goals.  Ethan Robson deadlocked the game at 2 goals apiece.  Minutes later, with the Wild on the power play, Reese Belton found the twine and put the Wild up by a score of 3-2.  The remaining half of the period continued to have many scoring chances for both teams and physical play.  The period ended with the Wild up 3-2 and a man advantage to start the third after a late high sticking penalty was called on the Selects.


The Selects, down a man to start the third, caught a break on the penalty kill when Kieran Thiessen scored short-handed.  The game was now tied up at 3 goals apiece.  Both teams battled hard to create scoring chances and get the go-ahead goal.  With less than half of the third period to go, the Selects pulled ahead on a power play goal by Josh Beauchemin and gained the lead with a score of 4-3.  The Selects found more success on the penalty kill with Matthew Boonstra getting the Selects second shorthanded goal of the game and adding to their lead with the score now 5-3.  The Wild’s Tyler Thoendel put one past Selects goalie Danton Belluk cutting the lead to 1 goal.  Still down one goal, the Wild elected to pull their goalie for the extra attacker but were not able to score the equalizing goal leading to the Selects win by a score of 5-4.