By Craig Stein
First Full Showcase Day Underway In Warman
Two of the top early season records locked horns Monday night at the Showcase in Warman, and the Kindersley Klippers handed the Estevan Bruins a 4-2 loss, their first defeat of the season.
Brett Neumeier jammed home a rebound with 9 minutes remaining and that stood up as the winner. Kyle Bosch and Damon McKenzie also gave the Klippers (4-1-0-0) a pair of earlier leads, and Devon Cyr iced it with a late empty netter. Cyr scored three goals in the last two nights, all at the Showcase. Justen Close made 24/26 saves Monday, and the Klippers wrapped up their Showcase event already with a win and a loss.
Turner Ripplinger and Isaiah Thomas replied for the Bruins (3-1-0-0) and Jake Anthony made 23/26 saves.
The Weyburn Red Wings’ top line lit it up in their first game at the Showcase and also got some help from a defenseman, as Wings blanked the La Ronge Ice Wolves 8-0.
Cade Kowalski and Ben Hiltz each had two goals and two assists and defenseman Carson Scheschuk had two goals and one helper. Fellow blue liner Dylan McCabe added a goal and an assist and Sean Olson chipped in a goal for the Wings (3-1-0-0). Nearly lost in the offensive outburst was the first SJHL shutout for rookie goalie Cody Levesque who stopped all 19 shots he faced.
The Ice Wolves (0-4-0-0) dropped each of their two games at the Showcase and return home to welcome Melfort on Friday.
The Nipawin Hawks trailed the Yorkton Terriers 2-1 early on in Monday’s opener at the Showcase in Warman, but they struck three times in a 6:14 span of the second period, rallying to a 5-3 win over the Terriers, extending their season opening unbeaten streak to five games.
The Hawks (5-0-0-0) used five different goal scorers, as Christian Bosa gave them an early 1-0 lead before Yorkton’s Branden Klatt replied twice before the opening frame was done.
Mackenzie MacDonald tied things up 10:39 into the second period and was followed closely by Jaxsen Wiebe and Zak Yewchuk, whose markers came just 19 seconds apart. Jordan Simoneau added one more in the third period after Jared Legein (1g-1a) had made it close again for the Terriers (1-3-0-0).
Declan Hobbs improved his personal mark to 4-0 on the season, picking up the victory.
Pierce Diamond stopped all 29 shots he faced for his first SJHL shutout, and Brandson Hein had another two goals and an assist for a three point night as the Flin Flon Bombers blanked the Melville Millionaires 4-0 at the Showcase Monday afternoon.
Hein has points in four of his five games, with three of them being multi-point games, giving him 11 points (5g-6a) in those five games. Nate Hooper had a goal and an assist, while Vincent Nardone also hit the net for the Bombers (3-2-0-0).
Colby Entz made 30/34 saves in goal for the Millionaires (1-3-0-1), who went 0/8 with the powerplay on Monday.
La Ronge now gets ready to face Weyburn at 4:00, and the nightcap features Kindersley and Estevan at 7:00.