By Craig Stein
(Photo courtesy: Clark Stork)
Another Kindersley win, coupled with Humboldt’s third straight loss, has the Klippers back in top spot of the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division, with Kindersley rolling to a 6-1 win over the visiting Flin Flon Bombers on Saturday night.
The Klippers (21-8-2-2) scored four times in the second period. Kyle Bosch had four assists and Nate Keeley scored twice to lead the charge. Tyler Traptow (1g-1a), Caden Benson (1g-1a), Blake Kleiner and Cameron Shorrock also found the net, and Justen Close made 38/39 saves.
Caleb Moretz added his 14th of the season on the powerplay for the Bombers (19-10-0-2). The two clubs meet again at 2:00 on Sunday.
The Nipawin Hawks have now won nine of their last 10, and maintain top spot in the Sherwood Division and the league as a whole, after a 5-2 win over La Ronge.
Brodie Girod led the way Saturday with two goals and an assist, and he did all of that during a 6:00 span in the first period. His two goals came just 2:40 apart as the Hawks (24-9-0-1) raced out to a 4-0 lead 11 minutes in.
Colton Nikiforuk (1g-1a), Eric Sorensen and Andrew Smiley rounded out the scoring, while Patrick Pugliese made 19/21 saves, running his record to 10-1 (1.84 GAA / .933%). The Hawks haven’t allowed more than two goals in a game since November 4th (14 games).
Joshua Poon scored his first SJHL goal for the Ice Wolves (7-27-1-0), and Flynn Perry added another in the second period.
La Ronge is now on their Christmas break, while Nipawin heads to Kindersley Sunday afternoon, and still have a home-and-home with Melfort next weekend.
The Weyburn Red Wings relieved Head Coach Wes Rudy of his duties earlier on Saturday, but there didn’t appear to be a spark right away as the Estevan Bruins came into Weyburn and picked up an 8-2 decision in their first meeting this season.
Several Bruins had big nights, as Turner Ripplinger had two goals and two assists, while Jake Heerspink also had a four point effort with a goal and three helpers. Michael McChesney scored twice and added a helper and Bryce Platt added three assists. Tristyn DeRoose, Ryder Pierson and Devan Harrison also found the net. Grant Boldt made 26/28 saves for the Bruins (16-18-2-0).
Jordan Kazymyra and Jacob Piller scored second period goals for Weyburn, making it 2-2 at the time, before the Bruins rattled off six third period goals.
The Red Wings (10-20-3-0) are winless in five and now three points out of a playoff position.
Luke Nkwama scored a pair of third period goals to lead the Melville Millionaires to a 3-2 win over the Yorkton Terriers, helping the club earn a split over their Highway 10 rivals this weekend.
Luke Spadafora added a powerplay goal and Colby Entz made 33/35 saves for the Millionaires (11-19-2-2).
Colby Brandt and Jared Legien continued their hot streaks for the Terriers (19-12-1-0), providing their goals. Ryan Ouelette made 32/35 saves.
Yorkton’s in Estevan on Tuesday to finish their Pre-Christmas break, while Melville’s now on holidays, with a three point cushion over Weyburn for the final playoff spot. They’ll play another home and home with the Terriers over New Year’s.
After Friday night’s 7-2 win in Humboldt, the Melfort Mustangs followed that with a 6-2 win over the Broncos at home.
Justin Ball was back at it again, not four goals like on Friday, but two on Saturday, giving him 37-goals in 33-games. He’s now on a 13-game goal scoring streak (20 goals) and a 31-game point streak (58 points). His point total is now up to 61.
Carson Albrecht (1g-1a), Boedy Donald and Alex Rondeau also scored and Tanner Zentner had three assists. Shawn Parkinson made 21/23 saves for the Mustangs (23-8-2-0).
Drew Warkentine and Michael Clarke scored for the Broncos (21-13-2-1). Warkentine now has 10-goals (no assists) through 12-games as a Bronco this season. Humboldt’s now off until the new year, while Melfort has a home and home with Nipawin next Friday and Saturday.
There are two Sunday matinee’s, as Flin Flon’s in Kindersley at 2:00, while Nipawin travels to Battlefords for a 4:00 start.