By Craig Stein
Something had to give as the two longest active winning streaks in the SJHL collided in Battlefords on Wednesday night, and it was the Flin Flon Bombers extending theirs to six, while halting the Battlefords North Stars at six, picking up a 4-2 win on the road.
Dondre Watson had two goals and an assist, and appears to be regaining the form he displayed earlier in the season. Watson had nine goals in seven games in September, and one goal in his following 19 games. He now has three goals and five points in his last three games.
Rylee Zimmer (1g-1a) and Nate Hooper also scored for the Bombers (21-8-2-2) and Zac Robidoux continued to cement himself as Flin Flon’s starter, making 41/43 saves.
Troy Gerein and Connor Logan scored for the North Stars (27-7-0-0), who lost for just the second time in the last two months, in their last 21 games.
Justin Close was, well CLOSE, to his league-leading fourth shutout, in fact just four seconds away, but his Kindersley Klippers scored three first period goals and rolled to a 4-1 win over the visiting Humboldt Broncos (19-15-0-1).
Up 4-0 late, Humboldt’s Chris Van Os-Shaw scored a powerplay goal with just four ticks left on the clock, his 26th of the season.
Andrew McCann (1g-1a), Carson Pickett (1g-1a), Jake Gerbner and Jordan Evans did the scoring for the Klippers (15-21-1-0). The struck once on the powerplay and twice short handed.
The Yorkton Terriers picked up their second straight win at home, 3-2 over the Melfort Mustangs.
McKenzie Welke’s second period goal stood up as the winner, while Jared Legien and Tyler Baier also scored and Nathan Hargrave made 25/27 saves for the Terriers (15-15-3-0).
Reed Gunville and Adam Hergott notched powerplay goals for the Mustangs (14-15-1-4). The two clubs are now part of a three way tie for 7th overall with Nipawin, just one point back of Notre Dame for a top six spot.
The Notre Dame Hounds did all of their scoring in the first period of a 3-1 win over the Estevan Bruins.
Ben Duperreault had two of them, giving him 24 on the season and a league best 51 points. Kaleb Dahlgren opened the scoring just 3:51 in for the Hounds (15-13-3-1) and Jordan Greenfield-Flemon made 21/22 stops.
Matt McNeil potted his 15th of the season for the Bruins (23-11-0-1) in the second period.