By Craig Stein
(Photo Credit: Clark Stork)
Brad Girard scored his first two SJHL goals and added one assist, and the Battlefords North Stars edged the Estevan Bruins 5-4, ending a modest two game losing streak for the Stars (13-3-1-0).
Chaseton Braid (1g-1a), Matthias Urbanski and MacGregor Sinclair also scored and Taryn Kotchorek turned away 31/35 shots.
Jake Tesarowski (1g-1a), Kaelan Holt (1g-1a), Arthur Miller and Matthew Chekay replied for the Bruins (14-7-2-0).
The Melfort Mustangs snuck past the visiting Kindersley Klippers 3-2 at the Northern Lights Palace.
Zach Anderson, Andrew Thompson and Loch Morrison scored for the Mustangs (15-4-3-1), and Justin Ball assisted on all three. Evan Plotnik picked up the win making 30/32 saves.
On the other side, Jordan Funk and Will Van der Sloot scored, and Justen Close made 40/43 saves for the Klippers (10-7-2-1).
The Nipawin Hawks scored early and often as they rolled to a 5-1 win over the Flin Flon Bombers.
The Hawks (13-5-1-2) scored three times in the first period, and Michael Grant had a pair on the night. Chad McCartney (1g-1a), Brandan Arnold (1g-1a) and Grant Baetsen also hit the net and Declan Hobbs needed just 16/17 saves.
Ethan Daniels scored the only goal for the Bombers (7-10-1-3), and Reese Jones came on in relief and stopped 23/25 shots.
The Notre Dame Hounds (13-5-1-3) scored five first period goals and coasted from there, to a 6-0 win over the La Ronge Ice Wolves.
Colby Brandt (2g-1a) and Marshall Wilton scored twice each while Chaz Smedsrud (1g-1a) and Curtis Wiebe added singles.
Jacob Standen turned in the shutout, making 17 saves, good for his second shutout of the season.
The Ice Wolves’ (5-13-0-2) three game road trip concludes Saturday in Melfort. They’re 1-1-0 on the swing so far.
Arik Weersink won his third straight start, making 32/34 saves as the Weyburn Red Wings got by the Humboldt Broncos 5-2.
Weersink has allowed three goals during that three game stretch, while improving his personal mark to 8-4-0-1 on the year, to go with a 2.29 GAA and a .928%.
Tyran Brown, Jordan Kazymyra and Ben Hiltz all had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings (15-6-2-0), with Dawson Atamanchuk and Erik Olson adding the others. The win keeps the Wings two points up on Estevan for the Viterra Division lead.
Replying for the Broncos (14-8-1-1) were Logan Hunter and Logan Boulet. Conner Lukan picked up a pair of assists.