By Craig Stein
It’s now 12 games in a row without a regulation loss for the Nipawin Hawks, after the new league leaders picked up a 3-2 overtime win over the Battlefords North Stars, the second ranked team by points in the league on Tuesday night.
Brandan Arnold’s 23rd goal of the season came 58 seconds into overtime, and the Hawks (22-5-2-2) have now gone more than a month since their last regulation loss (2-1 vs MFT Nov 10).
Jake Tremblay and Grant Baetsen scored in regulation for the Hawks, while Jake Anthony won again, making 28/30 saves. Nipawin continues on to Kindersley on Wednesday.
Keith Anderson and Layne Young replied for the North Stars (22-5-2-0), who still maintain the SJHL’s best winning percentage at .793%. Taryn Kotchorek made 34/37 saves.
It was a wild final minute in Yorkton, where the Terriers scored late to defeat the Melfort Mustangs for the second time in three weeks, 4-3.
The Terriers led 3-2 in the last minute of play, when Colin Schmidt tied things up the for Mustangs with 48 second left. When it looked like overtime was coming, Chantz Petruic (1g-1a) gave the Terriers the lead right back with just 19 seconds on the clock.
Cole Keenleyside, Austin Wieler and Quinton Hobbs (1g-1a) also scored for Yorkton and Bed Laidlaw made 36/39 saves.
Andrew Thompson (1g-1a) ‘AAA’ call-up Beau Stevenson rounded out the scoring for the Mustangs (20-6-4-1).
The Terriers (7-22-2-0) have seven wins on the year, but five of them have come against either Melfort (2) and Estevan (3), two of the league’s top clubs.
Logan Hunter (1g-2a) and Brayden Camrud (3a) had three point nights, leading the Humboldt Broncos to a 4-2 win over the Kindersley Klippers on the road.
Matthieu Gomercic (1g-1a), Xavier Labelle and Conner Lukan also scored for the Broncos (19-9-3-2), who are now without a regulation loss in their last eight (5-0-2-1). Jacob Wassermann made 32/34 saves in the win.
A pair of former Nipawin Hawks, Tanner Thompson (1g-1a) and Keillan Olson replied for the Klippers (13-11-2-2).
The Estevan Bruins scored four times in the first period, and again in the second on their way to a 9-2 win over the visiting Notre Dame Hounds.
The win jumps the Bruins (19-11-2-1) back into top spot in the Viterra Division.
10 different Bruins had multi-point nights. Johnny Witzke had a goal and three assist to lead the way on the back end. Jayden Davis (1g-2a) and Zach Goberis (3a) had three point efforts. Arthur Miller scored twice while Michael McChesney (1g-1a), Jerzy Martin (1g-1a), Kaelan Holt (1g-1a), Matthew Chekay (1g-1a) and Tanner Manz rounded out the attack. Matt Lukacs turned away 20 of 22 shots.
Jared Hamm (1g-1a) and Jack Flaman scored for the Hounds (19-9-1-3).