By Craig Stein
Hein, Hobbs Continue To Dominate At Their Positions
Brandson Hein hit the 20-goal plateau, and kept on going, scoring three times and adding one assist in the Flin Flon Bombers’ 7-4 win over the Weyburn Red Wings, giving him 21-goals in 18-games this season.
Nate Hooper had a five-point effort with a goal and four assists. Daylan Marchi also had four helpers, while Vincent Nardone added a pair of goals giving him 10 on the year, and Chrystopher Collin had a goal and two assists. Pierce Diamond stopped 31/35 shots for the Bombers (11-5-0-2), who struck four times on the powerplay on Friday.
Justin Plett scored a pair for the Red Wings (5-9-2-0), who are now winless in nine (0-7-2-0). Cade Kowalski (1g-1a) and Jevon Schwean added the others. The two clubs had a multiple fight situation, including goalies, the last time they met in Weyburn a couple weeks ago.
Declan Hobbs had another perfect night in goal, making 24 saves for his fourth shutout this season and third since last Friday as the Nipawin Hawks blanked the Melville Millionaires 2-0 on the road.
No other SJHL goaltender has more than one shutout at this point.
Cole Beamin and Austen Flaman did the scoring for the Hawks (11-5-0-0). Colby Entz made 33/35 saves in goal for the Millionaires (2-11-2-2), including all 18 he faced in the first period, keeping it scoreless through 20 minutes.
Melville’s home again to Yorkton in a make-up game on Saturday while Nipawin returns home to face Weyburn.
The top three teams in the Sherwood all won on Friday, as the Melfort Mustangs kept pace with the Bombers and Hawks, beating the Humboldt Broncos 3-2 in overtime.
Justin Ball scored his 15th goal of the season just 24 seconds into the extra frame. Colin Schmidt and Zack Smith also scored, and Jack Walters made 27/29 saves in goal for the Mustangs (10-4-1-0), winners of three in a row.
While it’s likely a little soon to spend too much time examining division races, the Sherwood appears to be a fun one to watch as the reason rolls along. Flin Flon leads the way with 24 points, followed by Nipawin with 22, and Melfort with 21.
The Broncos (10-5-2-0) led the game 2-0 on goals from Zach McIntyre and Michael Clarke. Dane Dow made 34/37 saves.
The La Ronge Ice Wolves made the Sherwood Division a perfect 4-for-4 on the night, as they edged the visiting Estevan Bruins 3-2 in regulation.
Daniel Davidson picked up the win in his first SJHL start. Zach Bannister scored twice and Mitch Zambon added a goal and an assist for the Ice Wolves (6-11-0-0). La Ronge has now won back to back games as they try to close in on the pack in front of them.
TJ Irey and Jake Heerspink replied for the Bruins (7-10-0-0). Their road trip wraps up Saturday in Melfort and they’re 0-3 on the northern swing so far.
The Notre Dame Hounds are .500 for the first time since they were 1-1.
After a 1-6 start to the season, the Hounds are now 7-2-0-1 in their last 10, to sit an even 8-8-0-1 on the year, thanks to their latest win, a 5-3 decision in Battlefords.
Andrew Henderson backstopped the Hounds making 33/36 saves. Five different Hounds found the net as Hardy Wagner, Tanner Tarbell and Nolan Renwick all struck in the first to give them a 3-0 lead. Charles Martin and Jared Hamm added second period markers.
MacGregor Sinclair (1g-1a) and Cody Spagrud did the scoring for the Stars (8-5-0-2), who host Humboldt on Saturday.
Notre Dame continues on to face the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division-leading Kindersley Klippers on Saturday night.