Boston Bilous stopped 26 shots for the shutout in his Estevan Bruins debut, and the Bruins scored five times in the second period of a 7-0 win in Weyburn on Friday night.
Bilous was just loaned to Estevan from the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors, and was also teammates with current Bruin Cole Fonstad in Prince Albert, winning a championship together in 2018-2019. Fonstad had a pair of assists in Friday’s win, giving him nine points (5g-4a) in five games this season. That marked the first shutout in the SJHL this season.
Austin King-Cunningham did the bulk of the damage from the back end, scoring twice and setting up one more, while rookie Antoine St. Onge also had two goals and an assist, the first three SJHL points for the Quebec-born rookie. Devan Harrison added a goal and two helpers, while Caleb Petrie (1g-1a) and Mason Strutt also found the net for the Bruins (3-1-1-0).
The Red Wings (0-2-2-0) are still searching for win number one of the season. They’ll try again Saturday when they return the favour with a trip to Estevan.
The La Ronge Ice Wolves won their fourth straight game, 3-1 over the visiting Melfort Mustangs on Friday.
Xavier Cannon won his fourth straight decision as well, stopping 32 of the 33 shots he faced.
Tristan Lambert opened the scoring for the Ice Wolves (4-1-0-0) before Brandon Della Paolera and Mathieu Belanger each tacked on a goal and assist later on.
Ty Albrecht scored for the Mustangs (2-3-0-0) and Steven Bacovsky made 25/28 saves. The Mustangs host the Ice Wolves on Saturday.
The Nipawin Hawks kept pace with La Ronge in the early going, also improving to 4-1-0-0 on the season with a 3-2 win in Kindersley.
Josh Lester got in on all three Nipawin goals, scoring one himself and setting up the two others. Andrew Schaab and Burke Simpson scored the others while Jack Lenchyshyn had a pair of assists. Ross Hawryluk made 26/28 saves for the win and has played every minute of action in the Hawks’ net through five games.
The Klippers (1-1-0-0) lost for the first time this season, albeit in just their second game, their first game since opening night two weeks ago. Since then they had a game with Battlefords postponed due to weather and a pair with Flin Flon also postponed last weekend. Kindersley had a pair of one goal leads in Friday’s loss thanks to first period goals from a pair of former Hawks in Ethan Mack and Eric Sorensen.
Brett Kemp had two goals and an assist, and the Yorkton Terriers edged the Melville Millionaires 5-4 on the road, snapping the Millionaires’ winning streak at three games.
Kishaun Gervais opened the scoring four minutes in before Kemp scored his pair before the first period was up and the Terriers (3-1-1-0) led 3-0 after twenty minutes, and 4-1 in the second period on a Steven Norum goal, but after Melville rattled off three unanswered, Yorkton needed a Carson Miller third period goal to break a 4-4 tie and win it in regulation. Philippe Bond made 41/45 saves in the win.
Jaydon Dureau, Zach McIntyre, Dylan Wells and Cole Stevenson scored for the Millionaires (3-2-0-0). Reece Newkirk added an assist, giving him a league-leading 10 points (3g-7a).