The Melfort Mustangs earned two big points in the standings Saturday, with a 4-1 win at home against the red-hot Notre Dame Hounds.
Logan Sceviour scored twice, just over three minutes apart in the third period, while Brandon Formosa added his 14th of the year, and Regan Wilton also found the net in the win.
The Mustangs were heavily out-shot 37-23, but Jesse Wilkins stood tall making 36 stops. Brandon Millin scored the Hounds' only goal, becoming the third SJHL'er to hit the 20-goal plateau in the process.
Melfort's now two points back of La Ronge for the final playoff spot in the north, with two games in hand.
The Melville Millionaires had the kind of offensive explosion they grew accostomed to in the first half of the season, erupting for a 9-4 win over Estevan.
It was the fifth time this season the Millionaires scored six goals or more in a game.
Sean Aschim (1g-4a) and Lucas Froese (2g-2a) had the biggest nights offensively, followed by Colin Mospanchuk (1g-2a) and Ian McNulty (2g). Brennan Ritchie, Daniel Orsborn and newcomer Kyle Woodyatt also found the net.
Nick Weiss scored twice for the Bruins, while Hudson Morrison and Tyler Paslawski added singles.
Melville leap-frogs Notre Dame into second place with the win, and are now just 4 points back Yorkton for the Sherwood and SJHL lead.
The Battlefords North Stars were the only road team to win on Saturday. Tanner Quinn's early third period goal stood up as the winner as the North Stars edged the Hawks 2-1 in Nipawin.
Brody Luhning opened the scoring for the Stars, while Garrett Lockeridge got the Hawks on the board in the final frame.
The goalies were the best players for either team. Connor Creech was stellar, making 38/39 saves in the win. Davis Jones stopped 32/34 at the other end.
Creech has allowed just two goals on 60 shots (2-0, 1.00 GAA, .967%) in two starts since the break, and an injury that kept his out in late December. The Stars now have some serious cushion between themselves and La Ronge/Melfort, and are just one point back of the Hawks now for a top three spot.
Tyrell King stopped 44 of the 46 shots he faced, lifting the Kindersley Klippers to a 5-2 home ice win against Weyburn.
Giovanni Bombini (1g-1a) scored his 16th of the year in the win, and was joined on the scoresheet by Ryan Doner, Colton Schick, Brandon Lauder and Kyle Davies.
Miguel Pereira set up both Weyburn goals, scored by Carter Struther and Jackson Schneider.
The Red Wings try to salvage their three game trip on Sunday, but it won't get any easier as they face the Humboldt Broncos, winners of their last five.