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Swift Current Hurricanes blow away Weyburn Wings in league championship

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By Matthew Liebenberg
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The Swift Current Hurricanes did not disappoint their fans in a packed Fairview West Arena last night, April 4, when they dominated the final game against the Weyburn Wings to win the league championship for the first time ever.

The home team scored within the first minute of the game and then just continued scoring for a 8-1 victory to become the South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League Midget champions.

Team captain Jayden Roosen rattled the visitors when he chipped in a puck coming off the stick of Wings goalie Terrick Wilderman only 28 seconds after the start of the game.

“I kind of got a lucky bounce off the board,” Roosen said. “I guess I was there, so I'll take that one any day.”

The Hurricanes never gave the Wings an opportunity to recover from that first goal, in large part due to the four goals scored by Dalton Menke. He was responsible for the team's next two goals during the first period.

In the second period – which was dominated by the Hurricanes – Menke scored two more goals, including an unassisted one just over a minute into the period.

“I was just putting the puck on net,” he said. “They were going in for me, so I just kept doing that throughout the game and got a couple of goals out of it.”

The Wings scored their only goal 16 seconds before the end of the first period when Cole Sjostrand's shot from the right side of the net found its way past Hurricanes goalie Kyle Garland.

But the Wings were unable to stem the flow of goals from the Hurricanes. After Menke scored his fourth and the team's fifth goal at 13:49 in the second period the fans started to celebrate with their hats showering down onto the ice.

Wings backup goalie Billy Cuthbert came onto the ice halfway through the second period, but he also could not keep the Hurricanes at bay. Brandon Gauthier added another goal at 11:41 to give the Hurricanes a 6-1 lead going into the final period.

Roosen scored his second goal of the night at 9:17 in the third period and George Hudec finished it off with a power play goal at 6:55.

The arena erupted into a volcano of noise and applause at the end of the game with the Hurricanes players throwing their helmets into the air and hugging each other. After the medal presentations the big moment arrived when Roosen was presented with the trophy and he was quickly surrounded by ecstatic team mates and fans.

For Roosen that moment when he lifted the trophy into the air felt unreal.

“It felt awesome,” he said. “I've been wanting to do that since I was five years old and now, my last game, it finally happened.”

Hurricanes Coach Tim Tisdale was very happy that his players were able to enjoy the success of a great season.

“They committed themselves for the whole year to this program and everything we asked them to do, they gave their best effort,” he said.

Wings Assistant Coach Todd Neuberger said it was a tough game for his team.

“Swift Current had a good game,” he noted. “They came out ready to play and the won it. ... The crowd definitely got them going.”

The Hurricanes won all six their home games during the three-round playoff series, but lost all three away games.


The Midget K-Motel Hurricanes celebrate shortly after their 8-1 trouncing of Weyburn April 4.

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