By Craig Stein
Smedsrud’s Six Points Powers Hounds Past Bombers
Shane Sherban scored on a powerplay, 7:23 into overtime as the Melville Millionaires won 3-2 (OT) on the road in Weyburn to open up their Best-of-Three Wild Card series on Sunday night.
The Millionaires opened the scoring 9:11 into the first period as Damian Bentz (1g-1a) got them on the board. Landon Walters tied things up just under three minutes later and it was 1-1 after the first period.
After a scoreless second period, Walters added another midway through the third, before Melville’s Montana Streit tied things up with less than two minutes left in regulation, setting the stage for Sherban’s winner in overtime, from Eric Soar and Clayton Eisler.
Shots were dead-even at 37-37. Colby Entz made 35 saves for Melville while Arik Weersink stopped 34 for the Wings. Game 2 goes Tuesday night in Melville.
Notre Dame Hounds forward Chaz Smedsrud picked a good time to have a career night, putting up six points, scoring three and setting up three more, as the Hounds went into Flin Flon and stole Game 1 of their Best-of-Three Wild Card series, 6-4 on Sunday night.
Smedsrud finished the regular season 7th in goals (29) and 11th in points (61). He’s had three and four point nights during his two seasons in the SJHL, but six was a new personal best, and after he put up 9-points in nine playoff games a year ago, he got off to a heck of a start to this post season.
His linemates had nice nights too, as Chance Longjohn had two goals and an assist and Jack Flaman picked up three helpers. Defenseman Max Salpeter rounded out the scoring, and Jack Ryan made 26/30 saves.
Chrystopher Collin scored the first two goals of the night for the Bombers. Brandson Hein and Donavon Houle-Villeneuve added the others, while Ethan Daniels had two assists and Brenden Newton made 38/43 saves.
The series shifts to Notre Dame for Game 2 Tuesday, and will stay there for Game 3 Wednesday if necessary.