By Craig Stein
BRONCOS CONTINUE TO ROLL
The Humboldt Broncos (6-1-0-0) have won six of their first seven games to start the season after Friday night’s 6-1 victory in Melfort. The Broncos out-shot the Mustangs 38-16, including 17-2 in the third period when they put the game away with three goals.
Josh Roberts and Parker Wakaruk each had a goal and an assist, while Kobe Scott, Nikolas Malenica, Michael Korol and Daniel McKitrick also scored, and Connor Swystun and Brayden Camrud added two assists each.
Garrett Mason made 15/16 saves on the night.
Jaxon Joseph scored his sixth goal of the season for the Mustangs (3-4-0-0).
The Melville Millionaires’ winning streak is over at three games, after the Flin Flon Bombers defeated the visiting Mils 3-1.
Zac Robidoux won his second straight start to begin the season, making 34/35 saves. Dondre Watson scored, again, his 9th of the season in his seventh game, kick-starting the offense late in the second period. The Bombers (5-1-1-0) would add two more in the third, thanks to Brody Madarash and Brandon Lesko.
Dayton Heino replied for the Millionaires (3-4-0-0) and rookie Colby Entz made 38/40 saves in goal.
While the Broncos (Finning) and Bombers (Sherwood) lead their respective divisions early on, the Estevan Bruins are surging in the Viterra, improving their mark to 5-1-0-1 Friday, with a convincing 6-1 road win over second place Weyburn.
Matt McNeil scored twice and added one assist, Zach Goberis also had a three point night with a goal and two assists, and defenseman Josh Rieger added three helpers from the back end. Jake Fletcher (1g-1a), Kaelen Holt (8th of the season) and Jason Miller also found the net as the Bruins went 4/13 on the powerplay.
Nathan Alalouf turned away 24/25 shots. The only player to beat him for the Wings (4-2-0-1) was Jacob Wozney, early in the second period.
The Nipawin Hawks (2-2-2-0) had nine goals over their first five games this season, but erupted on Friday night, beating the La Ronge Ice Wolves 5-2 at The Cage.
Keillan Olson scored his first two SJHL goals and added a helper for a three point night. Tanner Thompson (1g-1a), Brett Harasymuk (1g-1a) and Keegan Kjargaard rounded out the scoring and Kristian Stead (28/30) picked up the victory.
Josh Dechaine was peppered with 50 shots in goal for Ice Wolves (1-6-0-0), while Tristen Elder and Curtis Peck (1g-1a) did the scoring.