By Craig Stein
The Flin Flon Bombers have their third straight win since Christmas, and their fourth straight overall, after Friday night’s 8-2 win over the Yorkton Terriers.
It was 2-2 after two periods before the Bombers piled up six goals in the third. Chrystopher Collin had five point night with two goals and three assists, and Rob Johnson added four helpers. Isaac Jackson scored twice, while Daylan Marchi, Jordan Funk, Nate Hooper and Donavan Houle-Villeneuve added singles. Brenden Newton made 25/27 saves.
The Bombers (13-18-1-3) are now alone in 9th place in the standings, two back of 8th place Kindersley for what would be home ice in a Wild Card series.
Cody Bruchkowski (1g-1a) and Dino Antoniadis added goals for the Terriers (8-25-2-1). The two teams meet again Saturday in Flin Flon.
There was no turkey coma for the Nipawin Hawks, who came off a lengthy holiday break with a 5-1 victory on the road in La Ronge.
That improves the Hawks (27-5-2-2) to a 16-0-1 mark in their last 17 games.
Austin Mikesch led the way with hat trick, while Chad McCartney (1g-1a) and Grant Baetsen also scored, and Declan Hobbs returned, with a 27/28 save performance.
Mitch Zambon replied with a powerplay goal for the Ice Wolves (7-26-0-2). The two clubs wrap up their home and home with a Saturday date in Nipawin.
Keith Anderson scored twice and added an assist, as the Battlefords North Stars rolled to a 5-1 win over the Notre Dame Hounds Friday.
Matthias Urbanski added a goal and an assist, with Layne Young and MacGregor Sinclair (25th of the year) also finding the net. Joel Gryzbowski stopped 17 of 18 shots for the North Stars (26-5-2-0).
All of the scoring came in the second period, including the Hounds’ (21-10-1-3) lone marker from Marshall Wilton.
The Weyburn Red Wings earned their first victory of 2018, and it was a big one in the standings, as they edged the Humboldt Broncos 3-2.
The Wings (20-13-3-0) and Broncos (19-13-3-2) are not divisional or geographic rivals, but with the latest playoff format, every team can potentially fight it out with anyone, and these two clubs find themselves tied for 6th place overall. A key position, where if the season ended now, one team would get a bye, and the other would get 7th and the top Wild Card seed.
Cade Kowalski had points on all three Weyburn goals, scoring once and adding two assists. Tyran Brown notched a pair and Liam McCloskey made 37/39 saves in first start as a Red Wings, and his first SJHL start since he suited up in one game for Kindersley back on September 22nd.
Jaxon Joseph and AAA Midget call up Zach McIntyre did the scoring for Humboldt, who continues on to Estevan on Saturday.
Evan Plotnik turned away 28 of the 30 shots he faced, and the Melfort Mustangs went on the road and doubled the Estevan Bruins 4-2.
Reed Gunville scored twice for the Mustangs (23-7-4-1) while Colin Schmidt had a goal and two assists.
Kaelan Holt and Michael McChesney scored for the Bruins (22-13-2-1). Zach Goberis had two assists and Matt Lukacs made 23/26 saves.