The Battlefords North Stars made it 40 wins in 50 games on the season, as they doubled up the visiting Melfort Mustangs 4-2 on Friday night.
The Stars (40-8-2-0) are zeroing in on wrapping up the first overall seed as they get set to try and defend their Canalta Cup title from a year ago.
Ben Hiltz led the charge on Friday with a goal and two assists. Austin Becker added three helpers, while Noah Form (1g-1a), Jaxon Steele (1g-1a), Quinton Loon-Stewardson added the other goals, and Kristian Lyon made 25/27 saves.
Tyson Meyers and Kenzie Arnold scored for the Mustangs (24-16-5-3) who are now winless in three (0-1-2) and find themselves alone in sixth place overall. Shawn Parkinson made 22/25 saves in Friday’s loss.
The Flin Flon Bombers ran their winning streak to six, and are a perfect 3-for-3 on their road trip with one more to go, after Friday’s 5-3 win in Wilcox over Notre Dame.
Donavan Houle-Villeneuve had a goal and two assists for the Bombers (33-10-5-0). Tristan Lemyre had a goal and an assist, while Ryder Richmond, Cole Vardy (first SJHL goal) and Cole Rafuse notched the others and Cal Schell made 21/24 saves.
Riley Kohonick made 33/37 saves in goal for the Hounds (17-27-3-2), while Olivier Lepine (1g-1a), Hardy Wagner and Sho Takai did the scoring.
The Bombers wrap up their 4-in-5 road trip Saturday in Estevan, looking for their seventh straight win.
The Yorkton Terriers (28-19-1-1) are back in a home ice position for the time being, as their 4-3 shootout win over Weyburn on Friday lifted them past Melfort and La Ronge, and into fourth place overall.
Philippe Bond was kept busy once again, turning away 43 of the 46 shots he faced. Kaeden Taphorn, Alec Zawatsky and Ryan Granville did the scoring in regulation. Zawatsky would add one more in the shootout while Steven Norum potted the shootout winner in the fourth round.
After a scoreless first period, Rhett Frey opened the scoring for the Red Wings (18-28-1-2) just 15 seconds into the second. Nikolas Sombrowski and Mathieu Belanger also scored and Joseph Young made 37/40 stops.
The Melville Millionaires gave a blow to Kindersley’s playoff hopes on Friday, starting off a two game trip with a 3-2 win over the Klippers.
That keeps Kindersley five points back of the idle Estevan Bruins for the SJHL’s final playoff spot.
The Millionaires (15-26-2-4) were out-shot 55-27, but Berk Berkeliev made 53/55 saves in the win. Dylan Thackeray, Connor Nolan and Luke Nkwama did the scoring. Melville’s weekend wraps up Saturday in Battlefords.
Scott McKenzie and Ethan Mack provided the scoring for the Klippers (19-23-6-1).
More to come…