A stalled zamboni and a large hole in the ice led to a one hour, 45 minute delay, and anyone aside from the Weyburn Red Wings and their fans are probably wishing they decided to play Game 2 of the Sherwood Conference Final on Sunday.
The puck dropped at about 9:15, and the Melville Millionaires followed up a 7-1 rout of Weyburn on Friday, with a 2-0 loss in front of their home fans on Saturday.
They managed just 5 shots in each of the first and second periods, had some chances late, but couldn't beat Mitch Kilgore, who stopped 22 shots for the shutout, one night after he was hooked 24 minutes into the series opener.
Miguel Pereira and Jordon Hoffman both scored, and set up each other, while the top line on each club was held off the score sheet.
Coach Jamie Fiesel called their powerplay "unwatchable", as the Mils went 0/7, after a 4/8 showing in Game 1. The Wings also went 0/7, and they're now 0/13 in the series, and 1/26 in the playoffs.
I'm not sure how else to put it, and maybe it was because of our 15 minute Pre Game Show being extended to two hours... but it was a stinker! Very hard to get into. Lots of penalties both ways (and a combined 0/14 on the PP) so very little flow. The Mils couldn't get much of anything going offensively, took some ill-advised penalties, and their powerplay was much like Feez described it.
Just like Game 1 though, Game 2 was "just one game," although you can't help but think the Mils let a great opportunity slip away after stealing Game 1 on the road.
Blake Voth was their bright spot, stopping 35/37 shots, and has himself a .954% in the series.
So far the top two scoring lines in the SJHL's regular season have hardly been factors. Mireau/McNulty/Trudeau have combined for one point (McNulty goal in Game 1), while Bruce/Sanderson/Ross have one goal (Bruce Game 1).
Game 3 goes Monday night in Weyburn. Pre Game Show (hopefully only 15 minutes long this time!) starts at 7:15.