Two goalies who were traded for each other last week went head to head Saturday night in Yorkton, and while Riley Lamb one his Terrier debut over Flin Flon 24 hours earlier, it was Ben Laidlaw winning his first Weyburn start over his former team on Saturday, making 45/47 saves as the Red Wings doubled the Terriers 4-2.
Laidlaw also came on in relief Friday at home, winning an overtime decision over Melville.
Drew Anderson and Tyran Brown each scored in the third period and had a goal and an assist on the night. Sean Olson and William Cruise added the others for the Red Wings (13-21-3-0), who climbed another point closer to Melville for a playoff spot, now three points shy with a game in hand.
Jared Legien and Dino Antoniadis replied for the Terriers (21-15-1-0).
Luke Spadafora helped Melville stay three points up on Weyburn rather than just two, tying up their game with Flin Flon with less than three minutes to play, but the Bombers picked up the 2-1 shootout victory to split their Yorkton/Melville road trip.
After a scoreless opening twenty minutes, Chrystopher Collin opened the scoring with his 10th goal of the season. Rookie Jacob Delorme was fantastic stopping 36 of the 37 shots he faced, and 2/3 in the shootout. Caleb Moretz and Nate Hooper scored shootout goals for the Bombers (21-13-0-2). Flin Flon's 44 points would have them first place in the Viterra Division, but in the Sherwood, it's good for third at the moment.
Berk Berkeliev turned away 34/35 shots through regulation and overtime in goal for the Millionaires (13-19-3-3).
Flin Flon will go back the same direction in just two weeks with a Melville-Yorkton-Melville swing January 18-20, meaning they'll play three times in Melville in 15 nights.
Brodie Girod and Eric Sorensen scored twice each and the Nipawin Hawks went 3/6 on the powerplay on their way to a 7-2 road win over Melfort, and a home-and-home sweep of the Mustangs, giving the Hawks a six point lead at the top of the Sherwood Division.
Jarrod Isley scored his first SJHL goal while Jaxsen Wiebe and Colten Gerlib added the others. Patrick Pugliese made 34/36 saves for the Hawks (27-10-1-1).
The Mustangs (24-11-2-0) led 2-1 after the first period before Nipawin rattled off three in the second and three more in the third. Zack Smith opened the scoring and Justin Ball added his 40th goal of the season in his 37th game.
Justen Close picked up his 10th career SJHL shutout and second this season, making 22 saves as the Kindersley Klippers blanked the La Ronge Ice Wolves 5-0.
Austin Nault scored twice while Kyle Bosch had his second straight three point night, following up Friday's hat trick with a goal and two assists on Saturday. Cameron Shorrock and Tyler Traptow also scored for the Klippers (24-9-3-2).
Jordan Frey made 40 saves in net for the Ice Wolves (9-29-1-0).
The Humboldt Broncos won a one-goal game over Battlefords for a second straight night, this time 4-3 in regulation on home ice.
Drew Warkentine scored all three goals in Friday night's overtime win, and added one more Saturday for his 15th goal in 15 games. Owen Guenter (1g-1a), Reagan Poncelet and Logan Foster also found the net. Rayce Ramsay made 37/40 saves. The win leapfrogs the Broncos (23-14-2-1) over Battlefords by a point for 2nd spot in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division, four points back of Kindersley.
Dylan Esau opened the scoring with his first goal of the season for the North Stars (20-10-4-4). Elijah Loon-Stewardson and Ryan Gil added the others.