By Craig Stein
RARE MID-WEEK HIATUS ENDS WITH FOUR GAME SKED
After a Sunday-Thursday of NO games in the SJHL, the league was back in action with four games on Friday night, and there was no shortage of meaningful games as races continue to tighten up.
For instance the Weyburn Red Wings were idle and fell from 6th to 8th in the overall standings.
That was partly due to the Melfort Mustangs, who picked up a 3-2 overtime win over Notre Dame. That leapfrogged the Mustangs past the Hounds and into a top six spot for the first time in a long time as the Mustangs (18-17-2-4) won their second straight and are 6-3-1 in their last 10.
Dakota Boutin scored the winner 3:28 into the extra frame. Jaxon Joseph and Kayle Tosh also scored and Evan Plotnik made 26/28 saves.
Chaz Smedsrud and Kobe Kindrachuk replied for the Hounds (17-18-4-1).
The Yorkton Terriers are also right in the middle of the standings and also used extra time to help their cause, beating the Flin Flon Bombers 5-4 in a shootout, to sit one point out of a top six spot, tied with Weyburn for 7th.
Jordan Ross was in all four Terrier goals, opening the scoring before adding three assists. McKenzie Welke scored the only goal of the six-round shootout, while Shane Sherban (1g-1a), Carson Welke and Corwin Stevely added goals in regulation. The Terriers (19-20-3-0) were out-shot 50-30, with Matt Vernon making 46 saves, before going 6/6 in the shootout.
Greyson Reitmeier scored twice for Bombers (27-10-2-3), who saw their six game winning streak end, but their points streak increase to seven games. Kristian St. Onge and Nate Hooper added third period goals to help force overtime.
The Melville Millionaires jumped back into a playoff spot, with a 4-0 win in La Ronge.
Colby Entz picked up his third shutout in his last five starts, stopping 34 shots on Friday. The Millionaires (17-21-2-0) are a point up on Kindersley for 10th overall.
Logan Foster and Cory Schillo scored first period goals before Ryan Mignault and Trevor Paradise added some insurance in the second.
The Ice Wolves (6-30-1-4) have dropped 10 straight in regulation and are now winless in 12.
Matt McNeil had four goals and an assist to power the Estevan Bruins past the Humboldt Broncos 7-4.
Jake Heerspink (1g-2a), Josh Rieger (1g-1a) and Jake Fletcher added goals for the Bruins (27-13-0-1), who have a 14 point cushion in their division.
Brett Horn had two goals and an assist for the Broncos (23-17-0-1), while Luke Kempf and Matthieu Gomercic rounded out the scoring and Chris Van Os-Shaw added two assists.
Humboldt wraps up their trip Saturday in Weyburn.