By Craig Stein
The Flin Flon Bombers have a 2-0 series lead over the Notre Dame Hounds, after posting back to back 4-1 victories on home ice, including in Saturday night’s Game 2.
The Bombers out-shot the Hounds 53-19 in Game 2, and 90-41 over the two games at the Whitney Forum.
Zac Robidoux was steady again, making 18/19 saves, and has a .951% through two games. Kristian St. Onge, Rylan Tkachuk, Jason Lavallee and Brandon Lesko did the scoring, and Rylee Zimmer had two assists, giving him four helpers in the series.
Riley Perka potted a powerplay goal for the Hounds, who look to bounce back on home ice in Games 3 & 4 Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Battlefords North Stars offense erupted in Game 2 on Saturday, to the tune of an 8-3 win over the Weyburn Red Wings, to also open up a 2-0 series lead.
Ben Allen had his second straight two goal game to open the post season. MacGregor Sinclair also scored twice and Coby Downs added three assists. Levi Kleiboer (1g-1a), Layne Young, Connor Logan and Keaton Holinaty also scored Taryn Kotchorek made 20/23 saves.
Braden Mellon scored twice and Ian Parker added a goal and an assist for the Red Wings.
The Stars and Wings play the first four games of their series in just five nights, as they shift to Weyburn for Games 3 & 4 Monday and Tuesday.
While the Bombers and Stars both had fairly lopsided wins en route to their 2-0 series leads, the other two series have been tighter, and both looked bound for overtime in Game 2, but some late third period heroics by the upper seeds changed that and made all four series with 2-0 spreads.
In Humboldt, Nipawin’s Grant Baetsen scored his second goal of the night with 2:45 remaining to break a 1-1 tie, and Brett Harasymuk, who assisted on both Baetsen goals, added an empty-netter to seal it, for a three point night.
Kristian Stead made 39/40 saves, as the Hawks were out-shot 40-35. Stead has a tidy .969% through two games, following up his Top Goalie and MVP regular season.
Trevor Posch scored in the third period for Humboldt, while the Broncos were out-shooting the Hawks 16-8 in the final frame. Garrett Mason made 33/35 saves.
Game 3 goes Tuesday back in Nipawin.
Yorkton and Estevan looked poised for a second straight overtime game, until Michael McChesney scored the game winner with 1:54 left in regulation and the Bruins went onto to beat the Terriers 5-3 and grab a 2-0 series lead.
Jake Fletcher opened the scoring just 48 seconds into the game for Estevan. Matt McNeil would tie the game at 2 with just 27 seconds left in the first period, and the Bruins scored their last three goals all in the third. Two from Jason Miller, who tied the game and then added an empty-netter, with McChesney’s winner sandwiched between.
Defensemen LJ Naccarato and Cody Dubas scored in the first period for the Terriers, and Jared Legein put them up 3-2 in the second.
Nathan Alalouf made 32/35 saves for the Bruins while Nathan Hargrave stopped 36/40 between the pipes for the Terriers.
The Bruins will host Game 3 on Tuesday night.