By Craig Stein
The Melfort Mustangs kept their winning streak intact, running it to eight games Friday, defeating the visiting Yorkton Terriers 6-2.
The Mustangs (18-6-1-0) also now have the league’s best winning percentage (.740) by a slim margin over Humboldt.
Justin Ball scored twice, giving him 24-goals and 41-points on the season, second in the league in both categories. Carson Albrecht (1g-2a), Tanner Zentner (1g-2a) and Kayle Tosh (3a) all had three point nights. Parker Fofonoff and Braeden Young also scored and Shawn Parkinson made 23/25 saves.
Branden Klatt scored both goals for the Terriers (13-10-1-0), who turn around and host Humboldt on Saturday night, while Melfort’s home again versus Melville.
The Weyburn Red Wings ended the Humboldt Broncos’ winning streak at seven games, but the Broncos did manage at least a point for an eighth straight outing as the Wings picked up a 3-2 shootout win.
After Humboldt led 2-0, Tyran Brown and Sean Olson scored to tie things up for the Wings (9-14-2-0), and Olson went on to add the shootout winner. Riley Lamb made 31/33 saves in the win.
Drew Warkentine opened the scoring for the Broncos (19-6-2-1) on an early powerplay, giving him five goals in four games since coming over earlier this month. Michael Clarke added his team-leading 15th of the year, and Rayce Ramsay turned away 38/40 shots through regulation and overtime. The Broncos’ three game swing wraps up Saturday night in Yorkton.
Tristan Shewchuk (2g-1a) and Josh Borynec scored twice each to lead the Melville Millionaires to a 6-4 win in La Ronge.
Daniel Liberty (1g-1a) and Jaden Shewchuk added the others, and Colby Entz made 32/36 saves. The Millionaires (8-15-2-2), who had just two wins in their first 17 games, have now won six of their last ten.
The Ice Wolves have now dropped 11 in a row. Zach Bannister scored twice on Friday, while defenseman Antonio Di Paolo had a goal and two assists, and Tyler Johnson rounded it out. La Ronge has the rest of the weekend off.
The Notre Dame Hounds are 2-for-2 on their three game northern swing so far, after exploding for an 8-5 win in Flin Flon Saturday.
It was 5-5 after the second period, before the Hounds followed up their three goal second frame with three more in the third.
Powerplays were a huge factor with both teams clicking at 50%, with Notre Dame going 4/8 and the Bombers 3/6.
Charles Martin had four assists for the Hounds (13-12-2-3) and Jared Hamm scored a pair. Marshall Wilton (1g-2a), Tanner Tarbell (1g-1a), Jarrett Penner (1g-1a) Tim Gould, Nolan Renwick and Jacob Breault also scored.
Brandson Hein notched his league-leading 25th goal of the year for the Bombers (15-8-0-2), and added an assist to push his point total to 43, also tops in the SJ.
Calvon Boots also had a goal and an assist, while Caleb Moretz scored his first goal in over a month as he was sidelined from mid-October until recently and was one of the league’s leading scorers at the time. Mason Martin and Daylan Marchi also found the net.
Notre Dame looks to cap a perfect road trip Saturday in Nipawin.
Speaking of those Hawks, they picked up the extra point in Saturday’s 2-1 shootout win over visiting Battlefords.
Declan Hobbs turned in another Declan Hobbs performance, making 34 saves on 35 shots. He lowers his goals against average to 1.91, and bumps his save percentage to and even .940% in the process. He was also a perfect 3/3 in the shootout.
Brodie Girod opened the scoring for the Hawks (17-8-0-1), and not until the 17:43 mark of the second period. Austin Becker tied things up for Battlefords (14-8-1-4) with just 1:36 left in regulation. Former La Ronge goalie Chad Duran made 23/24 saves in his first action with the North Stars.