By Craig Stein
The top two teams in the SJHL standings went at it again in Battlefords on Friday, and it was the Nipawin Hawks coming away with a 4-1 win over the Stars.
The Hawks (33-5-2-3) are now unbeaten in regulation in their last 24 games (22-0-1-1) and will look to make it 25 in Kindersley on Saturday.
Declan Hobbs made 24/25 saves on Friday, while Chad McCartney (1g-1a), Jake Tremblay, Logan Casavant and Tyler Adams picked up the goals.
Brad Girard had the only goal for the North Stars (31-8-2-0), tying the game in the first period. Taryn Kotchorek made 26/30 saves.
The Humboldt Broncos jumped into 5th place in the overall SJHL standings, with a 6-1 win over the La Ronge Ice Wolves on Friday night.
The win lifts the Broncos one point up on Notre Dame as those clubs are among a small handful jockeying for position in the middle of the standings.
Jaxon Joseph had two goals and an assist to lead the way. Jacob Leicht (1g-1a), Logan Hunter, Derek Patter and Brayden Camrud added the others, and Jacob Wassermann stopped 21/22 shots in goal for the Broncos (24-15-3-2).
Tanner Brewster replied for the Ice Wolves (8-32-0-2), who have dropped their last three.
The Flin Flon Bombers trailed the Yorkton Terriers 3-1 with less than four minutes remaining, but came away with a 4-3 shootout win.
Brandson Hein scored his first as a Bomber to make it close, and Caleb Moretz tied things up with just 27 seconds left. Moretz was also the only player to score during an 11-round shootout. Brody Madarash got the Bombers (16-19-3-4) on the board in the second period, and Colten Lancaster made 25/28 saves, and then stopped all 11 shootout attempts. Flin Flon sits two points back of Kindersley for 8th place overall, a position that mean home ice in a Wild Card Series.
Brendan Mark and Cole Keenleyside scored first period goals to give the Terriers (9-29-2-2) a 2-0 lead. Austen Flaman restored the two goal lead with 5:28 left in regulation. Ben Laidlaw made 45/48 saves and 10/11 in the shootout. Yorkton’s now 10 points back of Melville for a playoff spot.
The Melville Millionaires won for the second time in as many nights as they went into Weyburn and picked up a 3-1 win over the Wings.
Colby Entz gave up just one goal for a second straight night, stopping 33/34 shots on Friday.
Dayton Heino (1g-1a), Logan Foster and Cory Schillo did the scoring for the Millionaires (15-26-0-2), who have breathing room in both directions, holding onto the final playoff spot, 10 points up on Yorkton seven behind Flin Flon for 9th.
Cole Woodliffe scored for Weyburn and Arik Weersink made 35/38 saves. The Red Wings (23-16-4-0) remain in 7th place, two points out of a top six spot, and four back of Estevan for the Viterra Division lead.