By Craig Stein
THREE ONE-GOAL GAMES
The Nipawin Hawks capped a perfect weekend, and are all of a sudden on a six game winning streak, in first place in the Sherwood Division (and the entire league) after a 3-2 overtime win over visiting Weyburn on Saturday.
The teams traded goals all night until Austen Flaman scored his 14th of the season, 1:49 into overtime to win it for the Hawks (21-8-0-1). Jaxsen Wiebe opened the scoring short-handed and Josh Lester added his first SJHL goal. Declan Hobbs earned the win making 24/26 saves.
Cade Kowalski replied with both goals for the Red Wings (10-16-3-0), his 12th and 13th of the year, while Riley Lamb made 27/30 saves. After dropping lopsided games in Melfort and Flin Flon, the Wings ended up a respectable 1-2-1 on their four game swing through the Sherwood.
After a 10-game win streak, the Melfort Mustangs have now lost on back to back nights at home, with Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the Estevan Bruins.
The Bruins (15-17-1-0) were shutout in Nipawin and Flin Flon, but won in La Ronge and Melfort to split their four game swing.
Johnny Witzke and Michael McChesney each had a goal and an assist for Estevan, while TJ Irey and Turner Ripplinger started and finished the Bruins’ scoring respectively. Grant Boldt got the win, stopping 26/29 shots.
Meanwhile it was the usual suspects for the Mustangs, as Justin Ball scored twice and Carson Albrecht added a goal and two assists. That’s 27 straight games with a point now for Ball, and even nine straight with a goal (12 goals during the stretch). Ball leads the league with 49 points, including 29 goals in 29 games. Albrecht’s now tied for second with 46 points.
Justen Close made 27/28 stops to backstop the Kindersley Klippers over the Notre Dame Hounds 2-1.
Riley Kohonick was also impressive at the other end, making 35 saves on 37 shots.
Will Van Der Sloot opened the scoring just 2:20 into the game for the Klippers (17-8-2-1), and Blake Kleiner potted the eventual winner on the powerplay exactly a minute into the third.
Conor MacLean later added the only goal for Notre Dame. It’s been a tough go lately for the Hounds (13-16-2-3), who recently went above .500 for the first time, but have since dropped four in a row.
There’s one matinee on Sunday as the Humboldt Broncos welcome the Yorkton Terriers at 3:00.