By Craig Stein
TERRIERS & HAWKS MOVE UP
The Yorkton Terriers, Weyburn Red Wings, and Notre Dame Hounds came out of the weekend in a three way tie for sixth place in the overall league standings.
Monday afternoon, the Hounds had to sit and watch as the two clubs they were tied with both picked up points, as the Terriers edged the Red Wings 2-1 in overtime.
The Red Wings out-shot the Terriers 41-18, with goaltender Nathan Hargrave stealing the show, making 40/41 saves against his former team.
Corwin Stevely (Yorkton) and Carson Rose (Weyburn) traded goals just over a minute apart early in the first period, but that was all the scoring in regulation.
Jordan Ross finished off a two point night 3:40 into overtime with an unassisted marker and the Terriers (25-25-5-0) took over sole possession of sixth place, and have a league-low three games remaining. They now have eight days off before hosting Estevan next Tuesday, and finish with one more home and home against Melville on March 3rd and 4th.
The single point leaves the Red Wings (24-23-2-4) in seventh, wedged right between Yorkton and Notre Dame, a point each way. The Wings have a home and home with Melville this coming weekend, starting in Melville on Friday.
The Sherwood Division race is knotted up once again after the Nipawin Hawks earned a 3-2 overtime win in Humboldt Monday afternoon.
That brings the Hawks (36-14-2-1) even with Flin Flon once again, with 75 points, and for the first time in a long time, the two are even in games played, both with five games left, finishing with a head to head meeting Tuesday, March 6th in Flin Flon.
Eric Bolden’s winner came with 40 seconds left in overtime Monday, giving the Hawks that crucial extra point. Josh Bly and Keillan Olson scored in the first period for Nipawin.
It’s interesting to note that in a 58 game season, Bly played in his 58th game on Monday, and if he plays every game the rest of the way, he’d suit up in 63 total games between his time in Kindersley and Nipawin.
Humboldt’s line of Trevor Posch (1g-1a), Chris Van Os-Shaw (2a) and Logan Schatz (1g) did most of their damage while Connor Swystun added an assist in his 203rd regular season game as a Bronco.
Nipawin’s Declan Hobbs (41/43) and Humboldt’s Garrett Mason (41/44) each made 41 saves.
The Broncos (27-24-1-1) pick up a point to stay one ahead of 6th place Yorkton, but they have a whole host of teams in their rear view mirror all of a sudden, and now winless in three (0-2-1), will have to battle to stay out of the Wild Card series.
Humboldt’s off to Flin Flon and La Ronge this Friday/Saturday, while Nipawin welcomes Battlefords on Friday.