The Weyburn Gold Wings have won the opening game of the Esso Cup with a 2-1 win over the Sudbury Lady Wolves at Gateway Ice Centre in Stoney Creek. With the regulation victory, Weyburn takes all three points and vaults to the top of the Esso Cup standings in the battle for the national midget female hockey championship.
Weyburn goaltender Jane Kish stopped 26 of 27 shots, earning player of the game honours.
A clutch four-minute penalty kill gave the Saskatchewan team the momentum heading into the final minutes against the Ontario champions from Sudbury.
Jenica Whitrow scored the game-winning goal for the West Region representative Gold Wings with 1:53 to go in the final period after her team had just killed a four-minute double minor penalty. Whitrow, a defender, also assisted on her team's first goal, scored by Madison Solie.
Karli Shell opened the scoring for Sudbury on a first period power play.
At 3:30 p.m. today, the Pacific BC representative Fraser Valley Phantom take on the Edmonton Thunder, representing Pacific Alta.
At 7 p.m., local fans will cheer on the host Stoney Creek Sabres when the team plays its opening game against the Atlantic representative Moncton Rockets.