By Craig Stein
Brandon Sookro wasted little time making an impression with his new teammates scoring 1:12 into his first contest with the Notre Dame Hounds, in a 4-3 overtime win in Kindersley.
Sookro was acquired by the Hounds from the Yorkton Terriers earlier in the day, in exchange for 19-year-old defenseman Evan Werle. The 20-year-old Sookro had 46 goals in just over two full season in Yorkton, including 25 last season.
Adam Dawe had a pair of assists for the Hounds, including on Craig Berube’s overtime winner, Berube’s first goal and point of the season. Colby Brandt also scored a first period goal and Ben Duperreault added his 12th of the season. Riley Higdon made 26/29 saves in the win.
Kyle Bosch (1g-1a), Clive Rozdeba and Cody Hodgson scored for the Klippers, and Nick Trenciansky made 31/35 saves in his first start.
The Flin Flon Bombers fired over 60 shots on goal, and needed them all as they got past the visiting Weyburn Red Wings 4-2.
Greyson Reitmeier had a goal and an assist, Rylee Zimmer added a second period goal, before Kristian St. Onge added the winner in the third. Jason Lavallee added an empty-netter in the dying seconds. Zac Robidoux turned away 22 of 24 shots as the Bombers moved back ahead of Nipawin by a point, into top spot in the Sherwood.
Shaun Fleming faced 68 shots in goal for the Red Wings, stopping 65. Braden Mellon and Aiden Wagner did the scoring for Weyburn.
The Estevan Bruins won their fourth straight game, and with Weyburn’s loss, took over first place in the Viterra as they edged La Ronge 5-4 on the road.
Lynnden Pastachak scored twice including the eventual winner on a third period powerplay. Kaelen Holt (1g-1a) added his league-leading (tied) 13th of the season while Michael McChesney and Jason Miller had the others for the Bruins. Curtis Meger picked up the win with 39 saves on 43 shots.
Derek Frater, Derek Pratter, Brayden Dunn and Tristen Elder all had a goal and an assist for the Ice Wolves.
The Battlefords North Stars made it five wins in a row, as they rolled to an 8-2 win over the Yorkton Terriers.
Connor Logan potted his 10th goal of the season for the Stars, and added two assists, while Keaton Holinaty scored twice. Coby Downs added another goal and an assist, and now has 14 points (6g-8a) in seven games since returning. Connor Jensen (1g-1a), Owen Lamb (1g-1a), Levi Kleiboer and Jayden Nachtegaele rounded out the scoring and Taryn Kotchorek made 21/23 saves. The Stars (13-5-0-0) are now just one point back of Humboldt for the lead in the Finning Division.
Regan Seiferling and Cole Keenleyside replied for the Terriers.
And the Melville Millionaires rattled off four first period goals including three in the first 3:17 en route to a 6-3 win over the league-leading Humboldt Broncos.
In his first game in nearly three weeks, Teal Sobkowicz scored his first goal as a Millionaire, on the powerplay just 38 seconds into the contest. Aaron Aragon added a pair, while Dayton Heino (1g-1a), Damian Bentz (1g-1a), and Keegan Milligan potted the others, and Brandon Wells was his steady self, kicking out 36/39 saves.
For the Broncos, Chris Van Os-Shaw notched his 13th of the season. Josh Roberts and Trevor Posch also found the back of the net.