Despite losing two players due to injury in the third period, the under-18 AAA male Interlake Lightning captured their fourth victory in its last five games with the help of a highlight-reel goal.
The Lightning scored twice in the final frame for a 3-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings at Teulon-Rockwood Arena on Nov. 3. The win improved Interlake’s record to 7-6-0 with 14 points, tied for fifth in the Manitoba Under-18 AAA Hockey League standings. The Wheat Kings’ record dropped to 3-6-1.
Brandon scored the only goal of the first period when Mitch Thiessen found the back of the net with 30 seconds remaining.
In the second, Cameron Jones scored his first goal of the season for the Lightning to tie the game 1-1 at 6:22. Interlake later found themselves in penalty trouble by taking four minors in the middle frame. At one point, Brandon had a two-man advantage for two minutes but could not capitalize.
In the third, Ayden Manningway broke the deadlock by giving the Lightning a 2-1 lead just seconds after his team killed off another two-minute, two-man advantage. Manningway later added another goal in style, firing a wrist shot with the puck between his legs, to give Interlake a two-goal lead with 1:28 left to play. It was not all good news for the Lightning, as both Ethan Johnson and Austin Adair were helped off the ice with apparent lower-body injuries.
Dominic Jacobson stopped 13 shots for Interlake, but after taking a delay-of-game penalty in the second period with his team killing a penalty, he was benched for Christopher Fines who made 12 saves and was credited with the win. Tyson Gregory stopped 27 shots for the Wheat Kings.
Bruins 5 Lightning 2
The Winnipeg Bruins scored four unanswered goals in the third period for a 5-2 victory over the Lightning, ending a three-game win streak for the home team at Teulon-Rockwood Arena on Nov. 2.
Sam Alsip scored twice for the Bruins, while his teammates Mathieu Catellier, Jack Kaiser and Ethan Williment also found the back of the net. Dakota MacIntosh also added three assists for Winnipeg.
Ashton Fisher and Aiden Bruce were the two goal scorers for Interlake in the contest.
Nikulas Jerris made 19 saves for the Bruins in the win, while Christopher Fines turned aside 37 shots for the Lightning.
Interlake will play the Pembina Valley Hawks at Lundar Memorial Arena on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. before taking on the Winnipeg Thrashers at Gateway Arena on the afternoon of Nov. 10.