By Craig Stein
It’s now nine in a row for the Melfort Mustangs, who extended their winning streak again Saturday, beating the visiting Melville Millionaires 5-1.
While the team’s streak continued, an incredible individual mark nearly came to an end, but Justin Ball scored an empty-netter with 1:01 remaining, his 25th of the season, giving him points in 24 consecutive games.
Tyson Meyers added a goal and two assists for the Mustangs (19-6-1-0), while Zach Anderson scored twice and Chase Anderson had the other. Shawn Parkinson made 22/23 saves, he’s now 6-0 as a Mustang (1.06 GAA, .958%).
Eric Soar had the only goal for the Millionaires (8-16-2-2) and Berk Berkeliev made 36/40 saves.
While Melfort’s been giving up almost no goals during their stretch, the Nipawin Hawks have actually surrendered 17 fewer goals that Melfort in one extra game.
The Hawks gave up one goal for a second straight 2-1 win, this time over Notre Dame.
They were out-shot 39-23, but Patrick Pugliese took his turn in goal, and made 38 saves. Jake Tremblay and Carson Erhardt did the scoring for the Hawks (18-8-0-1), who still remain on Melfort’s tail, just two points back. The Hawks now have a team goals against average of an even 2.00 (54 GA in 27 GP).
Tanner Tarbell scored for the Hounds (13-13-2-3) and Andrew Henderson made 21/23 saves. Notre Dame went 2-1 on their three game swing to La Ronge, Flin Flon and Nipawin.
The Battlefords North Stars scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Kindersley Klippers 4-2.
Joel Gryzbowski made 31/33 saves to pick up the win in goal, while Regan Doig, Quinton Loon-Stewardson, Owen Lamb and Brett Gammer scored for the North Stars (15-8-1-4), who scored three powerplay goals in the win.
The Klippers (14-8-2-1) struck twice in the first period and had the lead twice thanks to Blake Kleiner and Austin Nault.
The Yorkton Terriers (14-10-1-0) now have sole possession of first place in the Viterra Division, after a 5-3 home ice win over Humboldt.
Rookie Aiden Bulych had a goal and two assists to lead the way, while 20-year-olds Jared Legien and Branden Klatt each had a goal and an assist. Cody Bruchkowski rounded out the scoring and Ryan Ouelette made 37/40 saves in the win.
Drew Warkentine scored twice more for the Broncos (19-7-2-1), and now has seven in five games since coming to Humboldt. Owen Guenter added one more in the dying seconds. That was Humboldt’s first regulation loss since November 2nd. They’d won seven straight before a shootout loss Saturday in Weyburn.
The SJHL has Grey Cup Sunday off, and returns to action on Tuesday night with a pair of games. Melfort looks to make it 10 in a row when they welcome Estevan, while Weyburn starts a four games in five nights northern swing in Melfort. The trip also has the Wings in Flin Flon, La Ronge and Nipawin.