BOMBERS, HOUNDS, HAWKS MOVE TO 3-0
Donavan Houle-Villeneuve had another goal and two assists, bumping his early season totals to an SJHL best 6-goals and 9-points, leading the Flin Flon Bombers to their third straight win to start the year, 5-3 over the visiting Humboldt Broncos on Friday night.
Cole Rafuse remains right behind Houle-Villeneuve with 3-goals and 8-points, thanks to another goal and an assist on Friday. Alec Malo, Chase Haygarth and Reid Robertson also scored for the Bombers (3-0-0-0) while Jacob Delorme moved his personal mark to 3-0 on the season as well, making 34/37 saves, giving him a .943% through three games.
After falling behind 3-0, Zach McIntyre, Reid Arnold and Tristan Shewchuk all scored to tie things up for the Broncos (0-2-0-1) through 40 minutes. The Bombers would add two more in the third period.
Riley Kohonick stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced and the Notre Dame Hounds ran their record to 3-0 with a 5-1 win in Yorkton.
Kohonick has allowed one goal in each of his first three starts this season, posting a 0.97 GAA and a .976 save percentage.
Jake Dale and Jarrett Penner scored twice each for the Hounds (3-0-0-0) and Braydon Iwaschuk added the other.
Chantz Petruic was the only player to solve Kohonick with a second period goal, his second of the season for the Terriers (1-3-0-0).
The Nipawin Hawks have also started the season with three straight wins, although unlike last weekend, they did give up some goals in their third game of the year, a 5-3 decision in La Ronge on Friday.
After back to back shutouts over Melfort, this time the Hawks (3-0-0-0) used a balanced attack with five different scorers all finding the net for the first time this season. Brodie Girod, Austen Flaman, Max Johnson and Jordan Simoneau all had a goal and an assist, while Josh Lester finished up the scoring for Nipawin with a powerplay marker late in the second period.
Ross Hawryluk made 35/38 saves in his first start, and win in the SJHL.
Daylon Mannon has been a big early season bright spot for the Ice Wolves (0-4-0-0), scoring twice and adding an assist Friday, following up a four point effort on Tuesday. Defenseman Kalem Hanlon added his first SJHL goal for La Ronge late in the game. The two teams battle again Saturday in Nipawin.
After being shutout in their first two games of the season, the Melfort Mustangs have now evened their record, doubling the Melville Millionaires 6-3 on the road.
Zack Smith, Kenzie Arnold and Ryley Lanthier all had a goal and an assist for the Mustangs (2-2-0-0), while Colton Schell, Marco Lopez and Greg Parker also added goals. Tanner Martin made 23/26 saves to pick up the win.
Nic Porterfield notched his sixth goal of the season for the Millionaires (2-1-0-1), who lost in regulation for the first time. Braden Larochelle and Jaden Hewes also found the net.
The Kindersley Klippers hit the win column for the first time this season, beating the visiting Estevan Bruins 4-1.
Zach Johnson made 29/30 saves, while Dawson McKenzie led the way offensively with a goal and an assist. Austin Nault, Liam Fraser and Zach Ziegler added a goal each for the Klippers (1-2-0-0).
Kersey Reich replied with the lone goal for Estevan (1-2-0-0). The Bruins resume their road trip Saturday in Battlefords, before heading to the Showcase.