By Craig Stein
New Leaders In the Sherwood & Viterra Divisions
All five Saturday night SJHL games were rematches from 24 hours earlier…
The Nipawin Hawks are now 10-0-1 in their last 11 games, and for the first time this season, have overtaken the Melfort Mustangs for top spot in the Sherwood Division.
In fact, the Hawks’ (21-5-2-2) 4-2 win Saturday in Melville has the Hawks with the overall lead in the SJHL, with 46 points.
Brandan Arnold scored twice and Josh McDougall added three assists. Thomas Lenchyshyn and Logan Casavant added goals and Jake Anthony made 13/15 saves, while the Stars successfully killed off all 11 short-handed situations.
Clayton Eisler and Ryan Warner scored late goals for the Millionaires (10-20-0-2), who have now dropped five in a row.
There’s a new leader in the Viterra Division as well, as the Weyburn Red Wings scored four second period goals to edge the Kindersley Klippers 4-3, to move one point up on the Estevan Bruins.
Ben Hiltz had two goals and an assist to lead the Wings (19-11-2-0). Dawson Atamanchuk (1g-1a) and Jessie Young notched the others, and with Carter Phair still on the shelf, Arik Weersink picked up another ‘W’, making 41/44 saves, for his third straight win, in the last four days.
Austin Nault opened the scoring for Kindersley in the first period, while Brody Ryberg and Eddie May added third period markers to make it close. The Klippers (13-10-2-2) won the first game of their ND-ND-WEY-WEY four game in five night road trip, but lost the final three. They’ll return home to play their final five straight games before Christmas, all on home ice.
While the Global AgRisk Solutions Division is the tightest from top to bottom, there was no change at the top there on Saturday as the Battlefords North Stars won their third in a row, 6-0 over the La Ronge Ice Wolves at a neutral site game in Pinehouse, SK.
Full stats were unavailable, but Dakota Huebner and Matthias Urbanski scored twice each. Keith Anderson and MacGregor Sinclair added singles.
After a tight 4-3 win in Flin Flon on Friday, the Humboldt Broncos had much more breathing room in Saturday’s rematch, downing the Bombers 7-1.
The Broncos (18-9-3-2) scored four times in the first period, and all of Stephen Wack, Jaxon Joseph, Evan Thomas, Brayden Camrud, Derek Patter and Logan Schatz finished with a goal and an assist. Logan Boulet also found the net while Parker Tobin stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced.
Daylan Marchi provided the lone goal for the Bombers (9-15-1-3).
The Yorkton Terriers avenged Friday night’s 9-0 loss in Estevan with a 4-3 win over the Bruins on home ice on Saturday.
The Bruins (18-11-2-1) picked up exactly where they’d left off on Friday, jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead on goals from Zach Goberis and Kaelan Holt. Arthur Miller made it a 3-1 game in the second, but this time the Terriers were able to fight back.
Drew Coughlin, Austen Flaman and Slater Strong all scored during a three goal second period for the Terriers (6-22-2-0), and Cole Keenleyside potted the winner with a powerplay marker in the third. The Terriers went 3/9 with the man advantage on Saturday, and Bed Laidlaw made 37/40 saves in the win.