By Craig Stein
It’s been a perfect post-Christmas start to the schedule for the Yorkton Terriers, who finished a home and home sweep of the Melville Millionaires with a 3-0 shutout on the road on Sunday afternoon. That comes after the Terriers’ 4-1 win over Melville on home ice Friday night.
Nathan Hargrave made 26/26 saves for his third shutout this season and first as a Terrier.
Kaleb Bell opened the scoring in the first period before Quinton Hobbs and Evan Werle potted second period markers for the Terriers (17-16-3-0). Captain Corwin Stevely added two assists in the win.
Brandon Wells made 37/40 saves in goal for the Millionaires (14-19-2-0).
Estevan and Weyburn were the only rival clubs to split their New Years home and home series.
The Bruins started things off with a 4-2 win at home on Friday, but the Red Wings returned the favour, 4-1 on Sunday afternoon.
Carter Phair turned away 33 of the 34 shots he faced in the victory. Cole Woodliffe (1g-1a), Braden Mellon, Jamieson Ree and Donavon Lumb scored for the Red Wings (17-16-1-4), who broke a four game winless streak and stayed in sole possession of 6th place overall.
Johnny Witzke had the only goal for the Bruins (25-12-0-1) who still remain 12 points up on Weyburn for top spot in the Viterra Division.
The Flin Flon Bombers made it back to back wins over the La Ronge Ice Wolves to open up the post-holiday break, following up Friday’s 6-1 road win, with a 5-1 decision at home.
Brenden Newton made 27/28 saves for the Bombers (23-10-2-2). Nick Shumlanski scored a pair of third period goals. Defenseman Eric Sinclair chipped in three assists while Brandon Lesko (1g-1a), Rylee Zimmer and Nate Hooper did the rest of the scoring.
Tanner Reynolds replied for the Ice Wolves (6-25-1-4).
The Nipawin Hawks also grabbed four points from their rivals over the weekend, picking up a 4-3 overtime win on Friday, and then a 5-3 victory Saturday on home ice, running their winning streak to six games.
Brett Harasymuk racked up four assists for the Hawks (19-10-2-1), while Josh McDougall (1g-2a), Nicholas Reimer (1g-1a), Grant Baetsen and Keegan Kjargaard did the scoring.
Dakota Boutin scored twice and Andrew Thompson had a goal and an assist for the Mustangs (15-16-2-4).