By Craig Stein
Brandson Hein scored twice and set up two more as the Flin Flon Bombers bounced back from Monday’s loss in La Ronge, with a 9-1 home ice win over the Ice Wolves on Tuesday.
Hein now has 33-goals in 33-games, and into a tie for second in the league with 56-points.
Donavan Houle-Villeneuve and Caleb Franklin also scored twice each, while Nate Hooper added a goal and three assists, Daylan Marchi had a goal and two helpers and Reid Robertson also notched his first SJHL goal. Isaac Jackson added four assists, and Chrystopher Collin chipped in three.
The Bombers (20-12-0-2) scored five first period goals while out-shooting La Ronge 23-5 in the opening twenty. Jacob Delorme made 21/22 saves in the win.
Jake Gudjonson’s 10th of the season spoiled Delorme’s pitch for a shutout, as he got the Ice Wolves (8-28-1-0) on the board in the third period.
Colby Entz stopped 39 of the 41 shots he faced, leading the Melville Millionaires to their second straight win over the Yorkton Terriers since Christmas, sweeping the annual New Years Home & Home with their Highway 10 rivals.
Entz started and won both games, making 69/73 saves (.945%) to ring in the new year.
It’s Melville’s third straight win, all against Yorkton, going back to their Pre-Christmas home and home. That keeps the Millionaires (13-19-2-2) five points up on Weyburn for the final playoff spot.
Daniel Liberty, Damian Bentz and John Elliott all had a goal and an assist, while Josh Borynec rounded out the scoring with his fourth goal of the home-and-home, following up his hat trick on Sunday afternoon. Borynec’s now riding a six game point streak (5g-4a).
Scoring for the Terriers (20-14-1-0) were Colby Brandt and Brendan Mark.
The Weyburn Red Wings were able to stay within five points of Melville for that final playoff spot, as they took care of business on home ice, routing the Estevan Bruins 6-1 to earn a split of their New Year’s twinbill.
Ben Hiltz scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season and added an assist for the Red Wings (11-21-3-0). Cody Levesque was the big story, making 45/46 saves in the win. Jordan Kazymyra, Jevon Schwean, Sean Olson and Drew Anderson also found the net for the Wings.
The Bruins (17-19-2-1) opened the scoring 7:17 into the contest on a goal from Isaiah Thomas, but Weyburn would go on to rattle off the next six, two in each period. Estevan missed a chance to gain some more ground on Yorkton, as they remain four points back of the Terriers for the lead in the Viterra. Yorkton continues to hold four games in hand as the Bruins have played a league-high 39 games (just 19 remaining). Yorkton will make most of those up in January as they’ll play 11 games this month to Estevan’s 8. Seven of Yorkton’s remaining 10 this month are also on home ice.
Tonight, La Ronge travels to Flin Flon to wrap up their home and home set. The Ice Wolves won 6-3 last night on home ice.