By Craig Stein
FIVE GAMES KICK OFF BUSY WEEKEND
It’s rivalry weekend, for the most part, in the SJHL, as three divisional home and home series’ opened up.
That includes a home and home between the Melfort Mustangs and Nipawin Hawks, and the Hawks took round one on Friday, 7-2 on home ice.
Tanner Thompson scored a hat trick and added one assist, while Keegan Kjargaard added a goal and two assists. Grant Baetsen, Brett Harasymuk and Michael Grant rounded out the scoring and Kristian Stead made 22/24 saves. The Hawks (13-8-2-0) scored two powerplay goals and two more short-handed.
Dakota Boutin continued his recent hot streak with a goal and an assist for the Mustangs (9-13-1-3) and Miles Warkentine added a powerplay goal.
The teams meet again Saturday in Melfort.
The Flin Flon Bombers (15-7-2-2) stayed six points up on Nipawin for the Sherwood Division lead, winning their sixth straight game, 4-1 over Humboldt.
Humboldt’s Chris Van Os-Shaw scored his league-leading 20th goal of the season, through 26 games.
Greyson Reitmeier followed up Thursday’s hat trick with another goal and an assist, and now has 17 points (8g-9a) in eight games in November. Jason Lavallee, Tyler Nyman and Kristian St. Onge also scored and Zac Robidoux made 21/22 saves.
Carter Seminuk made 50/54 saves for the Broncos (15-11-0-1), who’ve now dropped five in a row and travel to La Ronge Saturday night.
The Estevan Bruins (20-7-0-1) also lengthened their lead atop the Viterra Division, picking up the extra point in a 5-4 shootout win in Weyburn.
Kaelan Holt scored twice, his 17th and 18th goals of the season. Jason Miller (1g-1a) and Michael McChesney also found the net and Matt McNeil scored the only goal of the five round shootout.
Cole Woodliffe (1g-1a), Carson Rose, Jacob Wozney and Ian Parker scored for the Red Wings (13-11-0-3).
The Melville Millionaires kicked off a home and home with the Terriers, winning 7-4 in Yorkton on Friday.
Keegan Milligan led the way with two goals and an assist. Milligan leads the Millionaires with 8 goals and 21 points. Jackson Nauss, Damian Bentz and Aaron Aragon all added a goal and an assist, with Dryden Wust and Mathieu Jallabert finishing off the scoring. Colby Entz picked up the win with 47/51 saves for the Millionaires (12-12-1-0).
The Welke twins did much of the damage for the Terriers (10-12-3-0). Carson had two goals and an assist, and his brother McKenzie notched a goal and a helper. Jordan Ross rounded out the goal scoring and Jared Legien added two assists.
The Millionaires host the Terriers Saturday.
Ben Allen scored twice as the Battlefords North Stars doubled up the visiting Notre Dame Hounds 4-2.
Coby Downs and Kendall Fransoo each added a goal and an assist and Joel Gryzbowski stopped 23/25 shots, as the Stars improved to a league-best 23-6-0-0.
Ben Duperreault (1g-1a) and Brandon Sookro scored for the Hounds (13-9-3-1). Duperreault has a healthy lead at the top of the league scoring chart, with 43 points (18g-25a).