By Craig Stein
MUSTANGS TAKE EARLY OVERALL LEAD IN BATTLE OF UNBEATENS
A pair of 3-0-0-0 teams squared off in Humboldt Friday night and it was the Melfort Mustangs who remained unbeaten, running their record to 4-0-0-0 with a narrow 2-1 decision over the Broncos.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 2-0 lead on first period goals from Jaxon Joseph and Carson Albrecht, the third goal of the season for each, and Evan Plotnik and the rest of the squad hung on the rest of the way, as Plotnik finished with 20-21 saves for his fourth win of the young season.
Jacob Wasserman stopped 22/24 shots in goal for the Broncos, while captain Logan Schatz notched his first goal of the season late in the second period.
It was a much-needed early season boost for the Melville Millionaires, who battled from behind to tie it late and then beat the Weyburn Red Wings 3-2 in overtime.
The Millionaires trailed 2-1 for much of the night, before Trevor Paradise forced overtime with a third period marker, and Cory Schillo potted the winner in the extra frame, giving Melville their first win of the season.
Colby Entz made 22/24 saves for Melville while Weyburn’s Carter Phair turned away 28/31. Red Wings’ captain Mike Eskra scored and added an assist, with Derek Smith opening the scoring for them on a first period powerplay.
The Kindersley Klippers handed the Estevan Bruins their first loss, while picking up their first win, taking a high scoring affair 7-5 over the Bruins.
Cody Hodgson and Nik Malenica each had two goals and an assist, while Tanner Thompson added a goal and a pair of helpers, while Derynck Taylor (1g-1a) and Will Van Der Sloot added the other goals.
Hayden Guilderson (2g-1a) and Jake Fletcher (1g-2a) each had three point nights for the Bruins. Isaac Embree and Michael McChesney also scored.
Jacob Standen made 33 saves for his first SJHL shutout, and he had ample support as the Notre Dame Hounds went into Yorkton and beat the Terriers 7-0, one night after the Hounds posted a 6-1 decision over the Terriers at home. Marshall Wilton led them Saturday with a goal and two assists. Zack Kosteniuk (1g-1a), Chaz Smedsrud (1g-a), Curtis Wiebe (1g-1a), Tim Gould, and David Lenzin added singles.
Brett Harasymuk had a goal and two assists, leading the Nipawin Hawks to a 5-1 victory in Flin Flon.
Jake Tremblay (1g-1a), Zach Cox, Logan Casavant and Josh Laferriere rounded out the scoring and Jake Anthony’s first full start was one to remember, as he made 37 saves on 38 shots to pick up the win in a tough building.
Christopher Collin’s fifth goal in just three games was Flin Flon’s lone marker.