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FRIDAY RECAPS

By Craig Stein, 01/07/17, 12:00AM CST

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The Battlefords North Stars returned from a lengthy holiday break but appeared to show little or no rust as they won their fourth straight game and league-high 31st overall, starting off a road trip with a 6-3 decision in Estevan.

McGregor Sinclair scored the Stars' last three goals, including a pair into an empty net to double hit goal total on the season.  Layne Young (1g-1a), Keaton Holinaty (1g-1a) and Kendall Fransoo all scored first period goals to build a 3-0 lead for the North Stars (31-7-0-0).

Lynnden Pastachak, Josh Rieger and Jason Miller responded for the Bruins (25-13-0-1).

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Colby Entz turned in his second straight shutout as the Melville rookie made 30/30 saves in the Millionaires' 3-0 win over La Ronge.  That came on the heels of a 29/29 saves performance Wednesday in Weyburn.

Tucker Scantlebury opened the scoring with his 10th of the season for the Millionaires (16-19-2-0) early in the second period, before Logan Foster and Logan Karakochuk (1g-1a) each added their first of the year.

Aaron MacKay made 31/34 saves in goal for the Ice Wolves (6-26-1-4), who continue on to Yorkton on Saturday.

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The Humboldt Broncos opened a home and home with the Nipawin Hawks, by picking up a 6-2 victory at the Elgar Petersen Arena Friday.

Mattieu Gomercic had his best night as a Bronco to date, scoring twice and adding one assist, while Chris Van Os-Shaw also had a three point night (1g-2a).  Logan Schatz (1g-1a), Trevor Posch (1g-1a) and Dawson Atamanchuk rounded out the scoring for Humboldt (21-16-0-1) and Garrett Mason stopped 40/42 shots.  The Broncos went 3/6 on the powerplay and scored five second period goals.

Josh Bly and Eric Bolden did the scoring for the Hawks (20-11-2-1), who host the rematch Saturday at The Cage.

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The Flin Flon Bombers gained two more points of cushion atop the Sherwood Division, and moved into second place overall, taking the first of a two game set in Kindersley 5-3.

Rylee Zimmer had a pair of goals and Brandon Lesko added a goal and two assists to lead the Bombers (24-10-2-2).  Greyson Reitmeier (1g-1a) and Kristian St. Onge also found the net.

All the damage came in the third period for the Klippers (16-22-1-0), courtesy of Holden Daley, Jordan Funk and Cody Hodgson.  The Klippers are a point out of a playoff spot, after watching Melville and Notre Dame both pick up wins ahead of them on Friday.  The Klippers host the Bombers again on Saturday.

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With Jordan Greenfield-Flemon taking a mid-season Division I scholarship to Alaska, Riley Higdon has put together back to back solid starts in his place, stopping 38/39 shots Friday as the Notre Dame Hounds won 4-1 in Weyburn.

That tightens up the middle of the pack even more, leaving the Hounds (16-15-3-1) in 9th place, one point back of Yorkton, two behind Melfort and now three shy of Weyburn.

Ben Duperreault (1g-1a), Kobe Kindrachuk, Nick Rein and Brandon Sookro scored for the Hounds, with Jacob Wozney opening the scoring for the Red Wings (17-17-1-4), with his 20th of the season, short-handed in the first period.