By Craig Stein
HAWKS’ WINNING STREAK HITS 12
The Nipawin Hawks and Melfort Mustangs met for the third time in five days Tuesday, and the Hawks won all three, including 7-2 on Tuesday, their 12th win in a row.
The Hawks went 4/10 on the powerplay, and Josh Bly had five points (2g-3a) in Tuesday’s win. Brett Harasymuk (1g-1a), Keegan Milligan, Michael Grant, Daven Smith and Keegan Kjargaard all scored and Kristian Stead started and won again, making 27/29 saves.
Nipawin (32-12-2-1) is now just two points back of Flin Flon for the Sherwood pennant with two games in hand.
Reed Gunville (1g-1a) and Rock Ruschkowski scored for Melfort. The Mustangs (19-24-2-4) have now dropped seven straight and sit in the 10th and final playoff spot.
The Estevan Bruins scored a pair of third period goals to come from behind and edge the visiting Yorkton Terriers 5-4.
Down 4-3 in the third period, Matt McNeil tied things up, before Michael McChesney potted the winner with under five minutes remaining, giving the Bruins their first lead of the night. Jason Miller had a goal and two assists, while Hayden Guilderson (1g-1a) and Lynnden Pastachak also scored.
The Bruins (29-16-0-1) sent 58 shots on Yorkton goalie Nathan Hargrave, who made 53 saves.
Corwin Stevely (1g-1a), Kaleb Bell (1g-1a), Jared Legien and Jordan Ross scored for the Terriers (22-24-4-0). Yorkton remains a point back of Weyburn for 6th overall.
Benjamin Patt stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced, leading the Notre Dame Hounds to their second straight win, 2-1 over the Weyburn Red Wings.
The Hounds’ big line did the damage offensively, with Ben Duperreault picking up a goal and an assist, Adam Dawe opening the scoring and Chaz Smedsrud adding a pair of assists. Duperreault, along with holding a seven point lead in the league scoring race (70 points), now also shares the SJHL in goals, with 34, tied with Humboldt’s Chris Van Os-Shaw.
Notre Dame is now alone in 9th overall, a point back of Kindersley.
Carson Rose scored a powerplay goal for the Red Wings (22-22-1-4), and Carter Phair made 21/23 saves. Weyburn’s a single point up on Yorkton for sixth place in the overall standings.