Brodie Girod scored with exactly a minute left and the Nipawin Hawks won their second straight game to start the season, 2-1 over the visiting Melfort Mustangs on Friday.
Burke Simpson opened the scoring for the Hawks (2-0-0-0) while Ross Hawryluk needed just 16/17 saves for the win.
Joel Favreau stopped 20/22 shots at the other end, with Gabe Odowichuk getting the Mustangs (2-1-0-0) on the board with a powerplay goal late in the second peroid.
The two teams duke it out again Saturday in Melfort.
Xavier Cannon made 29/32 saves and the La Ronge Ice Wolves earned their first win of the year, a 5-3 victory over Battlefords.
Holden Knights had a goal and an assist, and the Ice Wolves (1-1-0-0) had five different goal scorers, with Spencer Kennedy, Mathieu Belanger, Bradon Della Paolera and Nolan Doell notching the others.
The North Stars (0-2-0-0) had a 2-1 lead after Connor Garbruch tied it late in the first and Jaxon Steele put them ahead 11 seconds into the second period, but it was short-lived as the hometown Ice Wolves racked up three unanswered less than nine minutes apart in the middle frame. The Stars spent the night in La Ronge and will have a Saturday night rematch.
Melville’s Portland connection was big again, as Winterhawk, and now Millionaire teammates Jaydon Dureau (2g-1a) and Reece Newkirk (1g-2a) had three points each, leading the way in a 4-3 victory in Weyburn.
The Millionaires (2-1-0-0) trailed 3-2 late in the third before Dureau’s second of the game tied it with 5:25 remaining, and Newkirk potted the winner with 32 seconds left. Jonathan Krahn also scored and Alexis Giroux won his first SJHL start making 18/21 saves.
It was 2-0 Melville in the first period before the Wings (0-1-1-0) scored three straight, thanks to Brock Wallace, Spencer McHardy and Liam Rutten all scoring their first of the season. Joseph Young made 30/33 saves in roughly 55 minutes of work.
Melville hosts Weyburn on Saturday.
The Estevan Bruins handed the Humboldt Broncos their first loss of the young season, as Cole Fonstad scored twice as the Bruins edged the Broncos 3-2 on the road, opening another weekend home-and-home.
Fonstad has four goals and an assist in three games. The Bruins (2-1-0-0) trailed twice and answered back both times before Fonstad’s second of the night with 5:14 left in the third stood up as the winner. Eric Pearce also scored and Emerik Demers made 30/32 saves on the night.
Tristan Shewchuk opened the scoring for the Broncos (2-1-0-0) with his third goal of the season in as many games. Max Gudnason also scored in the second period and Tanner Marshall stopped 23/26 shots. The Broncos head to Estevan Saturday night.
Flin Flon and Kindersley were postponed as the Bombers remain in limbo due to Manitoba’s Covid restrictions.