By Craig Stein
Going into Friday night’s action, some SJHL teams had as many as 12 games under their belts, while the Battlefords North Stars had played just six.
The Stars played their first game in 10 days on Friday, and still remain without a regulation loss, defeating the visiting Melville Millionaires 5-2.
Keith Anderson, Josh Sielsky and Connor McIntosh (1g-1a) had the North Stars (6-0-1-0) up 3-0 before the game was six minutes old. After a scoreless second period, the Millionaires (3-8-0-1) nearly got back to even early in the third when Montana Streit and Daniel Liberty scored a pair of quick ones early, but the Stars put it out of reach thanks to goals from MacGregor Sinclair (1g-1a) and Conor Jensen. Kolby Matthews got the win in goal making 18/20 saves.
Melville’s in Kindersley on Saturday.
The Nipawin Hawks scored three first period goals, and Brandan Arnold had points on all of them, as he scored twice and set up the other and the Hawks went on to a 5-0 win over Yorkton.
Arnold now has 5-goals and 8-points in three games since returning from Swift Current. Michael Grant (1g-1a), Josh McDougall and Keillan also scored for the Hawks (6-1-1-1). Thomas Lenchyshyn had three assists and Bryson Cecconi added two, while Declan Hobbs turned in a 17-save shutout.
Logan Bateman stopped 35/40 shots in goal for the Terriers (2-8-2-0).
The Melfort Mustangs (10-1-1-0) hit double digits in the win column already as they defeated the Humboldt Broncos 4-1 on Friday.
Hunter Arps played goal for Melfort as Evan Plotnik got his first rest of the season. Arps made 21/22 saves earning the victory.
Defenseman Loch Morrison had another goal and an assist, running his totals to 8-goals and 15-points in 12-games. Adam Hergott (1g-1a), Justin Ball and Andrew Thompson rounded out the scoring.
Matthieu Gomercic replied for the Broncos (5-5-1-0) and Jacob Wassermann made 42/46 saves.