By Craig Stein
ND BREAKS 8TH PLACE TIE WITH YORKTON
Marshall Wilton (1g-1a) and Jakob Breault scored early third period goals 2:51 apart as the Notre Dame Hounds came from behind in the final frame to beat the Estevan Bruins 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Rookie defenseman Kyle Robinson got the Hounds on the board in the second period, and Matt Lukacs burned his former team, making 29/31 saves for Notre Dame.
Turner Ripplinger opened the scoring with his 26th goal of the season for the Bruins and Michael McChesney added his 30th, giving him back-to-back 30-goal seasons, and 81-goals in his three year career. Neither Grant Boldt or Kadin Kilpatrick dressed for Estevan on Tuesday. 19-year-old Tyler Szturm of the PJHL’s Pilot Butte Storm got the start and made 19/22 saves. He was backed up by 17-year-old Morgan Wanner of the Estevan ‘AA’ Midget club.
The Yorkton Terriers were checking the scoreboard from home, as they’re trying to keep Estevan within striking distance for the Viterra Division pennant, and they went into action tied for 8th overall with Notre Dame. The Hounds (24-20-5-4) are now two points up on Yorkton, alone in 8th spot while Yorkton has a game in hand. Estevan (30-22-2-1) remains with an eight point lead over the Terriers but Yorkton now has three games in hand on them as the Bruins have just three remaining. They host Battlefords on Saturday, before finishing with a home and home against Weyburn next Friday/Saturday. The Hounds have a three game homestand in four days. They welcome La Ronge Saturday, Battlefords Sunday, and Melfort Tuesday.
Yorkton makes up one of their games in hand on Estevan Wednesday as they host La Ronge, while Melfort hits the road for Melville, with leading scorer Justin Ball sitting on 49 goals on the season.