By Dave Leaderhouse
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The Estevan Bruins have plenty of reasons to smile lately.
The team put the finishing touches on the home portion of their regular season last weekend when they edged their close rivals from Weyburn 3-2. That win extended their streak to seven games with at least one point at Affinity Place and improved their overall record to 36-18-2-1, tops in the Viterra Division.
What made that win even more significant was that it was a league-high crowd of 2,244 who witnessed the win and from that large turnout came a windfall for the club in support of its education fund.
The total 50/50 pot was $16,600 while six jerseys that were auctioned live during the game brought in $11,500. The remaining jerseys were sold during the on-line auction with bids topping the $5,000 mark.
That same night that the Bruins hosted Weyburn, the Yorkton Terriers also had the fans hanging from the rafters as 2,188 turned out at the Farrell Agencies Arena for a game against their Highway 10 rivals – the Melville Millionaires.
Junior hockey is alive and well in Saskatchewan and those crowds certainly proved that the product is worth supporting.