Chantz Petruic was already running away with the SJHL goals and points race before Friday night, and then he went out and put up a season-high seven points, two goals including the winner in overtime, and five assist as the Yorkton Terriers outlasted the Humboldt Broncos 7-6 (OT).
The Terriers (25-16-1-0) trailed 6-3 in the third period but scored three straight and then the winner. Petruic assisted on Yorkton’s first five goals on the night, before tying the game with five minutes left in regulation, and scoring the OT winner, giving him now 48-goals and 91-points in 42-games. The overtime winner was also 100th goal (and 225th point) of Petruic’s 148 game career.
Brett LeGrandeur added two goals and an assist for Yorkton, while Kaeden Taphorn also scored a pair and Alec Zawatsky found the net 1:08 before Petruic tied the game. Ryan Ouelette made 25 saves in the win, and the Terriers moved into a second place tie with Flin Flon in the overall standings.
Tristan Shewchuk and Logan Foster each had two goals and two assists for the Broncos (16-15-4-2). Logan Kurki and Reid Arnold also scored and Noah Decottignies made 33 saves in his Humboldt debut after being acquired from Weyburn.
The La Ronge Ice Wolves came out of the Christmas break and extended their winning streak to five games, and to nine games with at least a point (8-0-1) with a 5-3 win in Flin Flon on Friday.
Liam McGarva stopped 46 of the 49 shots he faced, backstopping the Ice Wolves (22-14-2-2) to the victory. Grant Longtin scored twice, while Daylon Mannon (1g-1a), Rowan Barnes and Stewart Pond added the others.
Tristan Lemyre (1g-1a), Cole Rafuse and Caleb Franklin replied for the Bombers (23-9-5-0), who head to La Ronge for the return trip on Saturday.
The Melfort Mustangs and Nipawin Hawks picked up after the holiday break where they left off, playing another home-and-home. They split the Pre-Christmas edition, while the Mustangs grabbed the upper hand in 2020, winning 3-2 Friday in Nipawin.
Rookie defenseman Colby Brett, as well as Ben Tkachuk and Christian Albertson all had a goal and an assist for the Mustangs (22-12-2-1), while Shawn Parkinson had 26/28 saves.
Brodie Girod opened the scoring for the hometown Hawks (18-17-2-0), just 1:29 into the game. Jake Tremblay added a powerplay goal, and Ross Hawryluk made 19/22 saves.
They’ll play the rematch Saturday in Melfort.
The Battlefords North Stars extended their winning streak to four games in their first matchup since Christmas, beating the Kindersley Klippers 5-2 on the road.
The North Stars (31-6-2-0) extended their lead at the top of the SJHL standings to 13 points over Flin Flon and Yorkton.
Austin Becker and Rylan Nivon led the Stars on Friday, each with a goal and two assists. Ben Hiltz, Seth Summers and Logan Spence also hit the net, and Austin Schwab stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced.
Michael Neumeier (1g-1a) and Liam Fraser did the scoring for the Klippers (14-18-5-1), who remain tied with Notre Dame for the final playoff spot.