The Humboldt Broncos clinched first place in the North Division with a 3-2 win over the Estevan Bruins on Friday night. The Broncos rallied from a 2-1 deficit on a pair of Brandon Tidy goals, the first one coming at 12:09 of the second and then he struck again early in the third. Matt Hrynkiw kicked out 20-shots for the Broncos, who have 74-points overall in the standings. Dylan Smith scored both Bruin goals, coming over a four minute span in the first period. They’ve now dropped four of their last five and failed to clinch a playoff berth by losing on home ice in front of a very large crowd of 2058.
The Melfort Mustangs failed to capitalize on one of their three games in hand on La Ronge as they were beaten 6-4 by the Nipawin Hawks, who have won five straight and nine of their last ten. Both the Mustangs and Ice Wolves have 41 points as they battle for the fifth and final playoff spot in the North. The Ice Wolves have two games left and Melfort has four. Nipawin sits four points ahead of Flin Flon with four games remaining as those two clubs battle it out for second in the North. Six different players scored for the Hawks (Tad Kozun, Carter Coben, Mitch Doell, Eric Bollefer, Michael Lambert, and Dexter Bricker). Logan Sceviour, Anthony Pickering, Brandon Formosa, and Jarrett Zentner scored for Melfort.
Flin Flon kept pace with the Hawks by inching out a 3-2 shootout win over the Sherwood Division leading Yorkton Terriers. Dillan McCombie gave Flin Flon a 2-1 lead at 15:11 of the third, but Jeremy Johnson tied it just twelve seconds later. Tyler Giebel (Yorkton) and Andy Blanke (Flin Flon) also scored in regulation time for their respective teams and Riley Storzuk had the lone shootout marker. The Terriers lead Melville by four with three to play. Both goalies were excellent as Devin Buffalo made 31-saves and Dawson MacAuley turned away 30 in the Yorkton net. For MacAuley, it was his eighth straight start (7-0-0-1, 0.98, .962, 3SO over that span).
Kindersley stretched Notre Dame’s winless skid to seven by edging them 2-1 in a shootout as Stefan Seel finally ended it in the seventh round. Dion Antisin and Bradley Buckingham traded goals in regulation with Buckingham putting the Klippers ahead 1-0 early in the second. Antisin scored in the first minute of the third on a Hound powerplay. Tyrell King made 35-saves for the Klippers, who have opened up a five point lead on fifth place Estevan in the race for fourth in the Sherwood. Ty Reichenbach made 28-saves for Notre Dame.