By Craig Stein
6-5 OT FINISHES IN NOTRE DAME & ESTEVAN
Erik Gardiner finished off a hat trick in overtime as the Humboldt won a wild one in Notre Dame 6-5 (OT) on Tuesday night.
The Broncos ran out to a 3-0 first period lead, but Hounds used their powerplay to claw all the way back, scoring four times (4/9) with the man advantage.
If you’re keeping track at home, the 17-year-old Gardiner has four multi-goal games, and he’s only played in eight, scoring 9 times overall, and 12 points.
Chris Van Os-Shaw and Trevor Posch each had a goal and an assist, Dawson Atamanchuk scored and Stephen Wack added three helpers.
Colby Brandt had three assists for the Hounds, while Tyler Podgorenko scored twice. Rookie Adam Dawe (1g-2a) had a three point night. Conor MacLean (1g-1a) and Chance Longjohn also hit the scoreboard.
The Estevan Bruins were half a minute away from a regulation loss, and came away with a 6-5 overtime win over the Yorkton Terriers.
The Terriers took a 5-4 lead with 3:12 left in regulation, but Bruins’ defenseman Josh Rieger (1g-1a) tied it up and forced overtime with just 27 seconds to play. Kaelen Holt potted the OT winner, his second of the night and team-leading 12th of the year, and had 2g-1a on the night. Matt McNeil finished with 2 goals and 2 assists for the Bruins. The 20-year-old now has 20-points in 15-games. Lynden Pastachak added a goal and two assists.
That’s three straight wins for the Bruins, who improve to 11-3-0-1.
For the Terriers (5-6-3-0), McKenzie Welke scored twice while Regan Seiferling (1g-1a), Colby Haugen and Jordan Ross adding the others.
The Battlefords North Stars made it four in a row, with a convincing 8-2 win over Kindersley.
Connor Logan (2g-1a) and Layne Young scored twice each to lead the way. Brett Horn (1g-1a), Cody Spagrud, Troy Gerein and Bryce Hall all found the net while Conor Jensen added three assists.
Joel Gryzbowski stopped 16/18 shots in goal for the Stars (12-5-0-0), with Kyle Bosch and Branden Wagner the only two to beat him for the Klippers (6-9-0-0).
The Weyburn Red Wings kept within 2 points of Estevan for the lead in the Viterra Division, as they held off the Melfort Mustangs 5-4 on the road.
Noah Wozney scored twice and added one assist, with his second of the night coming with 2:54 left in the third period to stand as the winner. Braden Mellon (1g-1a), Mike Eskra and Tyran Brown rounded out the scoring.
Rookie Tyler Heidt (1g-2a) had a three point night for the Mustangs (5-9-0-2). Jaxon Joseph (1g-1a), Andrew Thompson and Rock Rushkowski also found the net.