By Craig Stein
TOP OF THE GLOBAL AG RISK DIVISION TIGHTENS UP
45 goals were scored in nine games on Friday, as teams filled the net regularly, and the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division became even tighter at the top, with the Kindersley Klippers losing their second straight, while Humboldt and Battlefords won right behind them.
The Broncos won their ninth game in a row, 5-4 in La Ronge, to pull even with Kindersley at the top of the Ag Risk Division.
Humboldt (33-16-2-1) needed a pair of third period goals to come from behind and win, as Brayden Camrud led the way with two goals including the winner with 5:24 to play, and added one assist. Derek Patter and Cole Kirkup each had a goal and an assist, while Mark Edmands tied the game in the third with his first goal as a Bronco, and Rayce Ramsay made 36/40 saves.
The Broncos have played one more game than Kindersley, and looking ahead to Monday, they’ll host the Klippers on Family Day afternoon.
Samson Mouland scored twice for the Ice Wolves (10-40-1-1) and Zach Bannister had three assists. Jake Gudjonson (1g-1a) and Jordan Mish also scored and Jordan Frey made 39/44 saves.
Humboldt looks for a 10th straight win as they’ll stay in La Ronge for a rematch on Saturday, ahead of Monday’s crucial matchup back at home against Kindersley.
The Battlefords North Stars won a pivotal divisional game in Kinderlsey, edging the division leading Klippers 3-2, coming to within two points of Kindersley and Humboldt, and in the overall standings, move from 7th place to 5th.
Joel Gryzbowski stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced as the Stars were out-shot 30-18, while Owen Lamb (1g-1a), Elijah Loon-Stewardson and Seth Summers picked up the goals.
The North Stars (29-13-5-4) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead six minutes into the game and never trailed.
Will Van der Sloot scored both goals for the Klippers (32-14-3-2) and Zach Johnson made 15/18 saves. Kindersley’s off until their first place battle in Humboldt Monday afternoon. The Stars are right back at it Saturday in Melfort.
Bryce Platt’s second goal of the game and 20th of the season was the difference as the Estevan Bruins won their fourth game in a row, 4-3 over the Flin Flon Bombers.
While Yorkton also won on Friday, teams are running out of games, as Estevan’s lead in the Viterra Division remains at eight points with the Terriers now having seven games left. The Bruins have a league-low five games left, three of which are against Weyburn, and one each versus Notre Dame and Battlefords.
Will Koop and Eddie Gallagher also found the net and Grant Boldt made his first start since Jan/26, making 26/29 saves for the Bruins (29-21-2-1).
Estevan had four different leads, as the Bombers were able to answer the first three times. Former Bruin Jack Michel, along with Billy Klymchuk and Nate Hooper did the scoring for Flin Flon (31-18-1-2), who slips into 7th place with the loss. They’ll finish their trip with a 7:00 start Saturday in Notre Dame. Estevan’s home again, to Weyburn Saturday night.
The Yorkton Terriers scored four powerplay goals on their way to an 11-4 romp in Melville.
Cody Bruchkowsi (2g-3a), Colby Brandt (2g-2a) and Chantz Petruic (2g-1a) scored twice each to lead the charge, which included five unanswered goals in less than nine minutes in the second period. Branden Klatt added his 25th goal of the season and two assists, while Aiden Bulych, Cole Keenleyside, Greg Mulhall and Dino Antoniadis finished off the scoring. Ryan Ouelette made 30/34 saves for the Terriers (22-20-5-4) who remain eight points back of Estevan for the Viterra lead, and deadlocked with Notre Dame for 8th overall.
Luke Nkwama scored twice for the Millionaires (15-28-4-3). Sam De Melo and Luke Spadafora picked up the others. Melville’s now winless in five (0-4-1) but still hanging on to the final playoff spot by a point over Weyburn.
The rematch goes Saturday in Yorkton. They still have one more home-and-home March 1st and 2nd.
The Notre Dame Hounds kept pace with Yorkton in what will quite likely mean home ice in a Wild Card series between the two. The Hounds are still tied with the Terriers thanks to a 7-2 win in Weyburn.
Seven different Hounds scored in the attack, as Nolan Renwick, Jarrett Penner and Jakob Breault all had a goal and an assist. Kyle Robinson, Sho Takai, Cole Stevenson and Cole Golden all added singles, and Matt Lukacs made 24/26 saves for the Hounds (22-20-5-4). Notre Dame returns home to face Flin Flon Saturday night.
The Red Wings are now without a win in their last seven games (0-5-1-1) still a point back of Melville for 10th spot and have one less game remaining.
After the Hounds jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes, Dawson McKenzie and Sean Olson scored early in the second for the Wings.