Two of the SJHL’s top teams opened up a weekend home-and-home on Friday, and the Battlefords North Stars kicked it off with a 3-2 win at home over the Nipawin Hawks.
The Hawks (9-4-0-0) led early, as Austen Flaman and Carson Erhardt scored first period goals just over three minutes apart to give them a 2-0 lead.
Austin Becker’s 10th of the season got the Stars (14-1-0-0) on the board late in the first, before Brett Gammer tied it in the second, and Matthew Fletcher scored the winner on the powerplay in the third.
Adam Dmyterko got the win, making 24/26 saves, while Nipawin’s Ethan Slobodzian stopped 24/27.
The two teams do it again Saturday night in Nipawin.
Spencer Kennedy (2g-1a) and Kalem Hanlon scored twice each and the La Ronge Ice Wolves picked up a 6-4 win in Yorkton on Friday night.
Daylon Mannon and Rowan Barnes also scored, and Liam McGarva made 32/36 saves for the Ice Wolves (7-8-1-0).
Chantz Petruic had a goal and two assists for the Terriers (5-9-0-0). Jordan Guiney (1g-1a), Ryan Granville and Alec Zawatsky rounded out the scoring.
Cole Rafuse opened the game with a natural hat trick, and the Flin Flon Bombers rolled to a 6-2 win over the visiting Melville Millionaires.
Alec Malo had four assists, and leads the league with 22-helpers and is tied for the lead with 27-points. Brandon Cianflone (1g-1a), Caleb Franklin (1g-1a) and Billy Klymchuk rounded out the scoring and Jacob Delorme made 14/16 saves, as the Bombers (8-3-2-0) out-shot Melville 42-16.
Payton Jerome and Luke Spadafora (1g-1a) did the scoring for the Millionaires (4-6-2-2). The teams have a rematch at the Whitney Forum Saturday night.
Kindersley’s Zach Johnson and Weyburn’s Noah Decottignies went save for save, each stopping 36 of the 37 shots they faced, but Johnson’s Klippers picked up the extra point with a 2-1 shootout decision on the road.
Ben Hiltz opened the scoring for the Red Wings (5-7-0-1) early in the second period, and Caden Benson tied it for the Klippers (5-7-1-0) late in the same period.
The shootout lasted six rounds, with Scott McKenzie scoring the winner for Kindersley. The Klippers look to finish a perfect three game road trip Saturday in Estevan.
Zach Anderson (2g-1a) and Tyson Meyers (1g-2a) each had three point nights to lead the Melfort Mustangs over the Estevan Bruins 5-4.
Ryley Lanthier and Zack Smith also scored and Tanner Martin made 20/24 saves in goal for the Mustangs (9-2-2-1). Melfort’s still without a regulation loss since opening weekend, now 9-0-2-1 in their last 12 games.
Jayden Davis (1g-1a), Tanner Manz (1g-1a), CJ Corazzin and Isaiah Thomas replied for the Bruins (4-6-1-1).