By Craig Stein
BOMBERS GET RIGHT BACK IN SERIES WITH HAWKS
The Battlefords North Stars have swept their way through the playoffs thus far, and into the SJHL Canalta Cup Finals, after completing their second straight series sweep with a 6-1 win in Game 4 against the Estevan Bruins Tuesday night.
Layne Young had a goal and three assists, and he led the way in the series with 11 points (4g-7a) in the four games, and he’s now tied for the league lead in playoff points (6g-12a-18p) with his linemate Coby Downs. Downs added a goal and assist Tuesday, giving him (2g-16a) 18 points in 8 post season games. He had 9 points (2g-7a) in the series, and has two or more points in every playoff game so far. Keaton Holinaty also had a big night with two goals and an assist, and Connor Logan added a goal and an assist. Joel Gryzbowski made 31/32 saves.
Michael McChesney had the lone goal for the Bruins.
The North Stars will host Game 1 of the Canalta Cup Final, likely next Friday night.
The Flin Flon Bombers got back in their series with the Nipawin Hawks, beating the Hawks 3-2 at the Whitney Forum on Tuesday.
The Hawks still lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 on Wednesday in Nipawin.
Greyson Reitmeier scored twice for the Bombers and Rylee Zimmer had a pair of assists. Nate Hooper also scored and Zac Robidoux made 25/27 saves.
Declan Hobbs gave Kristian Stead the night off, and the rookie made 31/34 saves. Brandan Arnold (1g-1a) and Eric Bolden did the scoring.
The Hawks host Game 4 on Wednesday, and the Bomber victory guarantees that they’ll host a Game 5 on Friday.