By Craig Stein
The Nipawin Hawks are now without a regulation loss in 10 straight games, as they kicked off a weekend home and home with Melville, defeating the Millionaires 4-1 at The Cage on Friday night.
The two teams traded second period goals, before the Hawks potted three third period markers, all on the powerplay, as their man advantage went 3/5 on the night.
Grant Baetsen scored twice while defenseman Josh McDougall also had a three point night with a goal and two assists. Jake Tremblay also scored and Jake Anthony made 23/24 saves for the Hawks (20-5-2-2). Anthony is 9-2 on the year, with a 1.89 GAA and .932%, showing that he’s a more than qualified starter after Declan Hobbs rejoined the WHL with Spokane December 1st.
Isaac Embree scored while Colby Entz made 41/45 saves for the Millionaires (10-19-0-2). Melville will host the Hawks on Saturday.
Logan Schatz and Jaxon Joseph had a goal and an assist each Friday, as the Humboldt Broncos edged the Flin Flon Bombers 4-3 on the road.
Logan Boulet scored the winner in the third period and Derek Patter also scored for the Broncos (17-9-3-2). Jacob Wassermann turned away 26/29 shots.
The Bombers (9-14-1-3) scored a pair of powerplay goals despite the loss. Rob Johnson scored twice and Ben Lanfermann added the other.
The Estevan Bruins scored four first period goals and rolled from there, to a 9-0 win over the visiting Yorkton Terriers.
Bo Didur got his first SJHL start, and made 24 saves for the shutout. TJ Irey and Michael McChesney scored twice each. Kaelan Holt, Jake Tesarowski and Jake Fletcher all had a goal and an assist, while Mark Edmands and Tanner Manz rounded out the scoring for the Viterra Division-leading Bruins (18-10-2-1).
The Terriers drop to 5-22-2-0, and they’ll host the Bruins Saturday night.
Jordan Kazymyra and Erik Olson were responsible for all of the offense, putting up two goals and an assist each as the Weyburn Red Wings downed the Kindersley Klippers 4-1.
Arik Weersink made 18/19 saves and the Red Wings (18-11-2-0) are still a point back of Estevan in the Viterra Division.
Brody Ryberg scored the only goal for the Klippers (13-9-2-2). Justin Close made 37/41 saves. The two teams square off in Weyburn once again on Saturday, which will bring an end to the Klippers’ four game road trip.
The La Ronge Ice Wolves held a 2-1 lead over the Battlefords North Stars after 40 minutes Friday, but then the Stars came alive in the third period, scoring four times in a come-from-behind 5-2 win.
The league’s leader in points led the way again, as Layne Young racked up two goals and two assists, giving him 56 points (19g-37a), a 9 point lead on his nearest competition. Young has 25 points during a 10 game point streak. MacGregor Sinclair had another goal and two assists, as did Dakota Huebner. Chaseton Braid rounded out the scoring for the Stars (21-5-1-0), and Taryn Kotchorek made 33/35 saves.
Merek Pipes turned away 43/47 shots for the Ice Wolves (6-21-0-2). Antonio Di Paolo and Dalton Dosko did their scoring.