By Mike Stackhouse
Brenden Newton stepped up with 36-saves and Rylee Zimmer set up the game’s first two goals as the Flin Flon Bombers downed the Nipawin Hawks 4-1 at the Whitney Forum on Friday night in a match up of the top two teams in the Sherwood Division. Tanner Thompson’s 10th of the season, early in the third, was the only blemish against Newton as Eric Sinclair provided offensive support with a first period goal. That was followed up by Brandon Lesko and Jason Lavallee scoring in the second. Zimmer picked up an empty netter early in the third.
Elsewhere, Melfort jumped all over Melville with a four goal first period and cruised to a 6-1 victory. Kalem Zary scored twice, but it was powerplay goals less than a minute apart midway through the first by Andrew Thompson and Miles Warkentine that salted this away, as that made it 3-0. Braxx George and Tanner Zentner also scored for the Mustangs, while former Mustang Teal Sobkowicz notched his 5th of the year for the Mils as the only shot of 21 to get past Evan Plotnik.
Lynnden Pastachak’s goal midway through the third stood up as the winner as Estevan slipped past Notre Dame 2-1. Pastachak’s goal came nineteen seconds after Michael McChesney broke up Jordan Greenfield’s shutout bid. Greenfield still ended up with 35-saves in the loss. Nathan Alalouf stopped 26 at the other end, surrendering only a first period goal to Colby Brandt.
Jared Legien’s powerplay goal at 12:17 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie and lifted Yorkton past La Ronge 3-2. Quinton Hobbs, his first, and Tyler Baier, his seventh, had the other Terrier goals. La Ronge got markers from Tanner Brewster and Brayden Dunn.
The Battlefords North Stars fired 48 shots at Garrett Mason and ended up with a 3-1 decision over the Humboldt Broncos. Ryan Rosenberg and Ben Allen scored two of those goals just over a minute apart late in the first period. Cody Spagrud scored a powerplay goal in the third. Brayden Camrud scored the Broncos.
Carson Rose set up the tying goal and then notched the winner as Weyburn nipped Kindersley 3-2. Shaun Fleming got the win with 33-saves, while Ian Parker and Mike Eskra supplied the other offense. Sam Binfet and Cody Hodgson answered for the Klippers.