By Craig Stein
Pair Of Extra Time Games Wednesday
The Kindersley Klippers have now used up their games in hand, but they made them count, jumping into sole possession of 6th place Wednesday with a wild 7-6 shootout victory in Melfort.
The Klippers (27-21-4-3) are now a point up on Weyburn and two ahead of Notre Dame, and all three have three games remaining.
Wednesday night the Klippers and Mustangs combined for eight first period goals as Kindersley led 5-3 at the break. The Klippers had seven different goal scorers, as Nikolas Malenica (1g-1a), Devon Cyr, Keillan Olson, Cameron Shorrock and Eddie May all hit the net in the opening frame. Cole Plotnikoff added one in the third, and the shootout winner.
Justin Ball (2g-1a) and Andrew Thompson (1g-2a) each had three point nights for the Mustangs (37-12-4-2). Drew Warkentine, Jake Misskey and Rock Ruschkowski also scored.
Melfort will finish 4th in the standings and take on Humboldt in the SJHL Quarter-Finals.
Kindersley heads north to La Ronge on Thursday to cap off their three game swing. It’s the only game on the docket Thursday, while Notre Dame welcomes Flin Flon, and and Weyburn hosts Estevan Friday as all eyes will be on that race down the stretch.
6th Kindersley 27-21-4-3 61 Pts
Thu/Mar/1 @ La Ronge
Tue/Mar/6 vs Battlefords
Thu/Mar 8 @ Battlefords
7th Weyburn 27-22-5-1 60 Pts
Fri/Mar/2 vs Estevan
Sat/Mar/3 vs Notre Dame
Fri/Mar/9 @ Yorkton
8th Notre Dame 27-23-1-4 59 Pts
Fri/Mar/2 vs Flin Flon
Sat/Mar/3 @ Weyburn
Tue/Mar/6 vs Humboldt
The Melville Millionaires jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead, before the Flin Flon Bombers scored three unanswered, and went on to beat the Millionaires 4-3 in overtime.
Damian Bentz and Clayton Eisler each scored their co-team-high 19th goals of the season for Melville, 21 second apart midway through the first period. Logan Foster (1g-1a) also scored and Brandon Wells made 33/37 saves for the Millionaires (21-29-2-2), who haven’t lost in regulation in their last six games (4-0-2-0).
Daylan Marchi scored twice for the Bombers (21-25-3-5), while Caleb Moretz notched the overtime winner, finishing with a goal and an assist. Nate Hooper also scored and Brenden Newton made 26/29 saves.
Flin Flon gets another point of breathing room over Melville, now four points ahead of the Millionaires, each team having four games left. The Bombers are halfway through their four game swing and have Thursday off. They’re in Notre Dame Friday and Estevan Saturday. Melville has their final home and home with Yorkton this Friday and Saturday.