By Mike Stackhouse
The Flin Flon Bombers won for the eighth straight game on Friday night, getting three more goals from Chrystopher Collin in beating the Battlefords North Stars 5-2. After a four point game to close out the SJHL-MJHL Showcase, Collin has been red hot in league play with 5-goals and 2-assists in his last 3-games. He has 8-goals and 7-assists in 10-games this month. Cade Kowalski and Caleb Moretz also scored for Flin Flon, who also welcomed back Ethan Daniels to their line-up. Daniels was one of three Alaskan born players on Flin Flon last year and his return means they’ll end the year with the same three Alaskans. Braydon Buziak and Macgregor Sinclair scored for the North Stars, who have been outscored 11-2 in the last two games.
Brayden Camrud’s goal, in overtime, lifted Humboldt past Notre Dame 4-3. Drew Warkentine had the tying goal and he now has 18 in 21 games. Warkentine would also be the Cy Young Award winner if the SJHL had one as he’s yet to register a helper. It was Warkentine’s second of the game. Michael Clarke had the other Bronco goal. Cole Golden had two and Jared Hamm one for Notre Dame.
Yorkton fired 57 shots at Brendan Benoit and Mason Mullaney had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 Terrier win over La Ronge. Quinten Hobbs scored twice, Colby Brandt and Cody Bruchkowski once for the Terriers. Jake Gudjonson and Zach Bannister countered for the Ice Wolves.
Estevan kept pace with Yorkton as 16 year old call-up Cody Davis fired two goals and one assist in a 6-1 destruction of Melfort. Michael McChesney also popped two and singles came from Ryder Pierson and TJ Irey. Colin Schmidt had the lone Mustang goal.
Zach Ziegler’s overtime goal ended a netminder’s duel between Patrick Pugliese and Cody Levesque as Nipawin edged Weyburn 2-1. Levesque had 31-saves in the defeat, Pugliese stopped 28 in the win. Brodie Girod and Drew Anderson provided the offense for the Hawks and Wings respectively.
As far as the standings are concerned, Npawin continues to hold down top spot with 64-points. Flin Flon has moved to within six points and have two games in hand.
Kindersley, Flin Flon, Humboldt, Melfort, and Battlefords are separated by two points in the standings. The Klippers hold down the second seed based on being in first place in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division, but the Broncos are now tied with them and the Stars are just one point back. Melfort is two points behind Flin Flon and the Bombers also have a game in hand on the Mustangs.
In the Viterra Division, Yorkton leads Estevan by two points for the third seed and they have a game in hand on the Bruins. Weyburn, by virtue of the overtime loss, have moved into a tie with Melville for the 10th and final playoff spot.
Notre Dame and Estevan are tied with 47 points, which is key because the 8th place team in the standings would have home ice advantage in the Survivor Series. Currently, both are tied for the 8 position.