By Craig Stein
NIPAWIN’S WINNING STREAK REACHES DOUBLE DIGITS
A handful of teams have posted impressive winning streak this season, and the latest, and longest active belongs to the Nipawin Hawks, who made it 10 in a row Friday night, with a 2-0 shutout win over the visiting Melfort Mustangs. That’s the first of three straight meetings between those two rivals between now and Tuesday.
Hawks’ goalie Kristian Stead is starting a streak of his own, posting his third consecutive shutout, making 33 saves for his sixth clean sheet of the season. Stead’s allowed three goals over his last six starts (6-0, 0.50 GAA, .984%, 3 SO).
Grant Baetsen had both goals for the Hawks, his 11th and 12th of the season.
Evan Plotnik made 28/30 saves in goal for the Mustangs (19-22-2-4), who have now dropped five in a row.
The Hawks (30-12-2-1) are back to within six points of Flin Flon for the Sherwood lead with two games in hand. Those teams have gone a combined 22 games without a regulation loss. They’re both in action on Saturday with the Hawks taking on Melfort again, in Melfort, with Flin Flon resuming a road trip in Notre Dame.
The Humboldt Broncos scored three third period goals to come from behind and beat the Melville Millionaires 5-3.
Chris Van Os-Shaw scored his 34th of the season and added two assists, and his centreman Logan Schatz also had 1g-2a, while Connor Swystun (1g-1a), Luke Kempf and Tristen Elder also scored for the Broncos (26-20-0-1), and Garrett Mason stopped all 16 shots he faced in relief.
After Van Os-Shaw opened the scoring for Humboldt, the Millionaires (17-27-2-0) scored three quick ones late in the first period to take the lead. Alex Maticic, Tucker Scantlebury and Logan Karakochuk all scored less than five minutes apart.
The Yorkton Terriers and Notre Dame Hounds met in Fort Qu’Appelle for a neutral site game, and Matt Vernon made 47 saves on 48 shots to backstop the Terriers to a 2-1 victory.
Jordan Hudson opened the scoring for the Terriers (21-23-4-0) just over two minutes in, and Dakota Odgers scored the winner five minutes into the third. Yorkton’s back to within a single point of Weyburn for sixth place overall.
Adam Dawe scored for the Hounds (18-21-5-1) and Benjamin Patt made 25/27 saves. The Hounds remain in the final playoff spot, still six points up on Melville.
The Battlefords North Stars hung on to their eight point lead at the top of the league standings, with a 5-2 win over the La Ronge Ice Wolves.
The Stars’ powerplay led the charge, going a perfect 4-for-4. Layne Young (2g), Connor Logan (1g-1a), Ben Allen (1g-1a), Coby Downs (2a) and Jared Blaquiere (2a) all had two point nights for the North Stars (38-8-1-0), while Reed Delainey also scored and Joel Gryzbowski made 22/24 saves.
Curtis Peck and Brayden Dunn replied for the Ice Wolves (6-36-1-4).