The red lamps at the SaskCan Community Centre and West Central Events Centre are warmed up after this past weekend, and if it was any indication, local rinks better get some more bulbs ready with the beginning of the senior hockey season here.
The Hafford Hawks made a trip down south to face the Wilkie Outlaws in the league opener Friday, and then travelled a little bit further on Saturday to take on the Kindersley Sr. Klippers
The Outlaws kicked things off with a 9-4 win on Friday night. The game got off to a fast start 3-2 for Wilkie after one period of play. Four more Outlaws goals in the second put them on the track to victory, and two more in the third made for some serious insurance. Derek and Ryne Keller led the Outlaws attack with five and four points respectively to start the season, helping Blake Young pick up a hat trick in the process
After that the Kindersley Senior Klippers skated to a 7-5 win in their home rink on Saturday. It was a 2-1 game after one period, and then a back and forth second made the game 6-4 headed into the final frame. After the Hawks cut the lead to one, Brody Ryberg scored the Klippers lone goal in the third to make it 7-5. Ryberg picked up a goal and two assists, same with Shayne Neigum, as those two led the team in scoring with three points apiece.
Looking at Hafford's start to the season overall, Jeremy Boyer had a good road trip. Boyer leads the league in points at seven with two goals and five assists in the Hawks' two games played to start the season.