By Craig Stein
A Tanner Thompson powerplay goal in the third period helped the Kindersley Klippers to a 3-2 win over the Weyburn Red Wings on Friday night.
Justen Close had another solid night in goal, stopping 37 of 39 shots. Defenseman Josh Patrician had a goal and an assist and fellow blueliner Brendon Borbely opened the scoring for the Klippers (10-6-2-1) just 51 seconds into the game.
Jordan Kazymyra (1g-1a) and Erik Olson scored for the Red Wings (12-6-2-0). Arik Weersink made 32/35 saves.
The top two teams in the Sherwood went at it in Melfort, where the Mustangs extended their division lead to six points, edging the Nipawin Hawks 2-1 at The Palace.
After a scoreless opening 20, Tristen Elder opened the scoring with his first as a Mustang late in the second. Andrew Thompson made it 2-0 early in the third before Nipawin’s Brett Harasymuk broke Melfort’s shutout bid with a powerplay goal in the final minute.
It was Evan Plotnik who narrowly missed the shutout, picking up his first win in a month making 22/23 saves for the Mustangs (14-4-2-1). Declan Hobbs turned away 22/24 in goal for the Hawks (11-5-1-2).
The Notre Dame Hounds scored three third period goals to come from behind and defeat the Melville Millionaires 3-1 on the road.
It was the second meeting between the two teams in Melville in three nights, and in fact they ended up finishing Wednesday’s game prior to the start of Friday’s, as the Hounds won a protest that a Millionaires’ player was ineligible to shoot in the shootout on Wednesday. The Millionaires still went on to win that shootout as they had to replay the final few shooters, but the Hounds took the rematch.
Chance Longjohn, Chaz Smedsrud and Marshall Wilton each had a goal and an assist while Jack Ryan made 24/25 saves for the Hounds (11-5-1-3).
Clayton Eisler opened the scoring for the Millionaires (6-13-0-2) in the second period, and Connor Dochuk made 32/34 saves.
Logan Hunter had a five point night, leading the Humboldt Broncos past the Yorkton Terriers 10-2.
Hunter finished with two goals and three assists, Conner Lukan and Jaxon Joseph each had a goal and two assists. Logan Schatz and Brayden Camrud both chipped in three helpers. Adding goals were Xavier Labelle, Ryan Straschnitzki, Tyler Smith, Matthieu Gomercic, Derek Patter and Logan Boulet. Sam-Jaxon Visscher made 26/28 saves for the Broncos (13-6-1-1) who maintain a two point lead at the top of the Olympic Buildings Division.
For the Terriers (3-15-2-0), Chantz Petruic had a goal and an assist and Kyle Sargent got them on the board.