By Craig Stein
Ice Wolves Picking Up Steam
The La Ronge Ice Wolves are midway through a four game road trip, and so far so good. The Wolves (4-6-0-0) have now won three straight games including two straight on the trip, after a 4-2 decision over the Viterra Division leading Weyburn Red Wings on Friday night.
Merek Pipes returned to the Ice Wolves’ net after making 30 appearances with the club last season, and stopped 30/32 shots in his season debut to pick up the win. Peyton Malcolm scored twice on Friday while Zach Bannister and Mitch Zambon added the others.
Rhett Bly and Tyran Brown did the scoring for the Red Wings (5-3-1-0).
The Ice Wolves play three games in three nights on the weekend, going back to Estevan (where they won on Wednesday) on Saturday, and finishing up in Notre Dame Sunday.
The Notre Dame Hounds are also on a nice run, winning three of their last four games after a 5-1 win in Humboldt.
Andrew Henderson backstopped Notre Dame to the victory stopping 31 of the 32 shots he faced. Offensively it was Marshall Wilton leading the charge with a goal and two assists. Noah Bankowski (1g-1a), Joseph Santalucia, Zack Kosteniuk and Chris Bernard rounded out the scoring for the Hounds (4-7-0-0).
Brayden Camrud added his 10th goal and 19th point of the season for the Broncos (8-4-1-0).
Hunter Arps picked up his first shutout this season, and third of his SJHL career, turning away all 26 shots sent his way as the Melfort Mustangs blanked their rivals from Melfort 2-0.
It was scoreless into the third period and Justin Ball notched both goals for the Mustangs (6-3-1-0), his 11th and 12th of the season, tying him for the league-lead.
Declan Hobbs made 18/20 saves for the Hawks (7-3-0-0), who have now dropped two in a row.
Chantz Petruic scored for a fourth straight game, his second overtime winner during that stretch, as the Yorkton Terriers went to Kindersley and edged the Klippers 3-2 (OT).
After the Klippers took the early lead, Colby Brandt got the Terriers (5-4-1-0) on the board with a short-handed marker in the first period. Jared Legien got Yorkton even again in the second with his 10th of the year. Ryan Ouellette made 37/39 saves to pick up the win.
Justen Close made 34/37 stops at the other end for the Klippers (7-3-1-0). Caden Benson and Cameron Shorrock did the scoring.
The Battlefords North Stars held 2-0 and 3-1 leads, the Melville Millionaires battled back to tie, but the Stars added two more late to get past the Millionaires 5-3.
Matthias Urbanski, Cody Spagrud and Owen Lamb all had a goal and an assist for the North Stars (6-3-0-1). Elijah Loon-Stewardson and Regan Doig (game winner and first SJHL goal) also hit the net.
Jacob Bourchier got Melville on the board in the second period, and when they were down 3-1 in the third, Sam De Melo and Tyler Pryhitka got the Millionaires (2-8-1-1) back on even terms.
Yorkton and Melville will trade places Saturday night, with the Millionaires in Kindersley, and Yorkton in Battlefords.