By Craig Stein
All Three Divisions Now Claimed
All three SJHL Division pennants have now been claimed, after the Estevan Bruins and Nipawin Hawks both wrapped up theirs on Tuesday night.
The Bruins have won their second straight Viterra Division title, while the Hawks captured the Sherwood for the first time in 17 years.
The Estevan Bruins earned their second Viterra Division title in a row thanks to Tuesday night’s 5-1 win over the Notre Dame Hounds.
The Bruins (31-18-3-2) scored four third period goals to break open a 1-1 game. Kaelan Holt (2g-2a) and Arthur Miller scored twice each. Michael McChesney also scored and Bo Didur made 28 saves on 29 shots.
Jared Hamm replied for the Hounds (27-23-1-4), who remain tied for 7th overall with Kindersley. Notre Dame has three games remaining.
The Nipawin Hawks are regular season champions of the Sherwood Division, after they scored three times in the third period to defeat the Kindersley Klippers 4-1.
Jake Anthony stopped 41 of the 42 shots he faced for the Hawks (41-7-2-4). Brandan Arnold (31st of the season), Jake Tremblay (1g-1a), Chad McCartney and Tyler Adams scored on Tuesday. Nipawin is now eight points up on Battlefords for the league lead, and the Stars have five games left.
The Klippers (26-21-4-3) scored first, thanks to Nik Malenica, who extended his point streak to 10 games (6g-9a-15p). Kindersley missed a chance to move up, as they’re still locked in a 7th place tie with Notre Dame, with a game in hand (4 remaining). They’ll continue their 3-in-3 road trip Wednesday in Melfort, Thursday in La Ronge.
Joe Marcouiller stopped 35 of the 37 shots he faced and the Yorkton Terriers edged the Flin Flon Bombers 3-2 in a shootout.
Cole Keenleyside and Josh Dobberthien scored for the Terriers (13-37-3-2), who will finish out of the playoff picture this season.
Flin Flon’s goals came from Tyler Nyman and Brandson Hein. Brenden Newton made 26/28 saves. The Bombers (20-25-3-5) continue their four games in five nights with a huge game Wednesday in Melville. The Bombers are three points up on Melville for 9th place overall. Both clubs have five games remaining. After Thursday night off, Flin Flon’s trip takes them to Notre Dame and Estevan Friday/Saturday.