By Craig Stein
STEAD SHINES AGAIN IN ESTEVAN
The Nipawin Hawks won their sixth game in a row Wednesday night, picking up a 5-0 shutout over the Estevan Bruins.
Kristian Stead, 24 hours after a 41/42 save performance in Weyburn, made 30 saves for his fourth shutout this season. His goals against average dipped just below 2.00 (1.99) while his save percentage bumped up to .933%.
Eric Bolden had two goals and two assists, leading the way offensively, while Brandan Arnold, Brett Harasymuk and Keegan Kjargaard also scored for Nipawin. The Hawks (26-12-2-1) are now eight points back of Flin Flon for the Sherwood lead, with three games in hand. They’ll look to sweep their three game road trip Thursday in Notre Dame.
The loss drops the Bruins’ record to 27-14-0-1.
For a second straight night the La Ronge Ice Wolves got on the board first, but ran out of offense, and Wednesday night they fell 6-2 in Kindersley.
Sam Binfet had a goal and two assist and Jake Gerbner scored twice for the Klippers (19-23-1-0). Brandon Wagner (1g-1a), Kyle Bosch and Cody Hodgson also scored as the Klippers went a perfect 3/3 on the powerplay. Kindersley is now three points up on Melville for a playoff spot, and into a tie for ninth with Notre Dame.
Braden Isbister (1g-1a) and Curtis Peck scored for the Ice Wolves (6-33-1-4) while Craig Pejkovic added a pair of assists.