By Craig Stein
Klippers, Hawks Move To 3-0, Terriers Mils Get First Wins
The Kindersley Klippers made it 3-0 to start the season as they hosted the Melfort Mustangs Saturday night and came away with a 5-4 decision.
Josh Fletcher scored a pair of third period goals and added an assist for a three point night. Captain Cameron Shorrock, Damon McKenzie and Caden Benson picked up the rest of the goals. Justen Close got the night off, as Zach Johnson made his season debut stopping 26/30 shots.
Kayle Tosh had a goal and an assist for the Mustangs (1-2-1-0). Tanner Zentner, Justin Ball and Boedy Donald added the others. Ball now has five goals in four games to start the year.
Declan Hobbs and the Nipawin Hawks are now 3-0 to kick off the season as well, as Hobbs stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced in Flin Flon, as the Hawks doubled up the Bombers 4-2.
Hobbs, and the Hawks have surrendered just three goals in their three wins to open things up. Carson Erhardt and Eric Sorensen scored first period goals to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead. Colton Nikiforuk added a goal and an assist, and Austen Flaman rounded out the scoring in the third.
That’s the first loss of the season for the Bombers (2-1-0-0), who had goals from Vincent Nardone and Caleb Moretz in the second period. Jacob Delorme made 30/34 saves in his first SJHL start.
Berk Berkeliev picked up his first SJHL win Friday night, making 25 saves on 27 shots as the Melville Millionaires defeated the Notre Dame Hounds 6-2.
Damian Bentz led the way offensively with two goals, while Dayton Heino and Montana Streit had a goal and an assist each. Defensemen Daniel Liberty and Tyler Pryhitka also found the back of the net for Melville (1-2-0-1), who picked up their first win of the campaign.
Jakob Breault and Jarrett Penner did the scoring for the Hounds (1-3-0-0).
The Yorkton Terriers also picked up their first win of the season, coming from behind to defeat the Weyburn Red Wings 5-4 in the Terriers’ season opener.
Full stats were unavailable due to online scoring issues.
Yorkton improves to 1-2-0-0, while the Wings dropped their first game this season, now sitting at 2-1-0-0.