By Craig Stein
(Photo courtesy: Clark Stork)
It was an evening of uncharacteristically lopsided scores Friday, as all four SJHL games were decided by no less than a four goal spread.
The Melfort Mustangs went into Humboldt and beat the Broncos 7-2. Justin Ball scored four times and added one assist, giving him 35-goals in just 32-games, and a league-leading 59-points.
Carson Albrecht was in on the same five goals Ball was, scoring one and setting up all four of Ball’s markers. Albrecht is second only to Ball, with 53-points.
Parker Fofonoff and Kenzie Arnold also scored for the Mustangs (22-8-2-0) and Shawn Parkinson made 29/31 saves.
Mitch Zambon and Michael Clarke replied for the Broncos (21-12-2-1).
The Mustangs are now just one point back of Nipawin for the Sherwood Division lead, and after they host Humboldt on Saturday, they’ll get set for a pivotal home and home with the Hawks next weekend right before the Christmas break.
Humboldt still holds a one point lead over Kindersley for the Global Ag Risk Solutions division lead.
While Justin Ball scored his 30th goal in his 30th game last week and hit 35 on Friday, Flin Flon’s Brandon Hein also scored 30-in-30, thanks to a hat trick, leading the Bombers to an 8-2 win in La Ronge.
Nate Hooper had a big night with five points (1g-4a), while Donovan Houle-Villeneuve chipped in a goal and two assists. Caleb Moretz (1g-1a), Vincent Nardone and Dawson McKenzie rounded out the scoring for the Bombers (19-9-0-2) and Jacob Delorme made 28/30 saves.
Stephon Perreault and Jordan Mish did the scoring for the Ice Wolves (7-26-1-0). The Bombers continue on to Kindersley Saturday while La Ronge heads on the road to Nipawin.
Colby Brandt (2g-2a) and Jared Legien scored twice each and the Yorkton Terriers rolled to a 6-2 win over the visiting Melville Millionaires.
Chantz Petruic (1g-1a) and Kishaun Gervais also scored and Ben Laidlaw made 26/28 saves in goal for the Terriers (19-11-1-0), who continue to tighten their grip on the Viterra Division lead, now seven points up on Estevan, still with four games in hand.
Luke Spadafora and John Elliott scored for the Millionaires (10-19-2-2). Melville hosts Yorkton Saturday and then they’re on Christmas break. The Terriers play Estevan on Tuesday before heading on holidays.
The Notre Dame Hounds picked up a big 7-3 road win in Weyburn and became the league’s first team to hit the Christmas break.
The early break was well-earned as they’ve played a league-high 37 games, 5-7 games more than a lot of teams. The club played just four games in December, going 2-1-0-1 during the month and will get back to action in 2.5 weeks, January 2nd in Humboldt.
Jarrett Penner scored twice on Friday, while Curtis Wiebe (1g-1a), Jared Hamm, Tanner Tarbell and Charles Martin rounded out the scoring for Notre Dame (15-16-2-4). Riley Kohonick made 23/26 saves.
Ben Hiltz scored twice for the Red Wings (10-19-3-0), while Jordan Kazymyra had a goal and an assist.