By Craig Stein
The Melfort Mustangs surrendered just one goal for a fifth straight game, and won their sixth in a row, 8-1 over the visiting La Ronge Ice Wolves on Saturday night.
It was close to a shutout this time, as Shawn Parkinson made 23/24 saves and was perfect until there was just 2:24 remaining when Zach Bannister scored his 12th of the season for the Ice Wolves (6-19-0-2). Parkinson has allowed one goal in each of his first three starts as a Mustang. He’s 3-0, 1.00, .961% (74/77 saves).
Much of the Mustangs’ (16-6-1-0) offence came from the back end, as defenseman Jake Hobson scored twice, Kayle Tosh had a goal and two assists and Gabe Odowichuk added 1g-1a. Up front, Colin Schmidt had a goal and two helpers, while Carson Albrecht (1g-1a), Justin Ball (1g-1a) and Parker Fofonoff also scored.
La Ronge has now dropped 8 in a row, and they’ll host the Mustangs Sunday at 5:00.
The Humboldt Broncos matched Melfort with their sixth straight win as well, topping the Notre Dame Hounds 7-2.
Michael Clarke was the SJHL Player Of The Week a week ago, and he led the charge on Saturday, scoring twice and setting up two others, while defenseman Josh Patrician had a goal and two assists. Brayden Camrud (1g-1a), Logan Foster (1g-1a), Drew Warkentine and Chase Felgueiras added the others, and Dane Dow made 36/38 saves for the Broncos (18-6-2-0).
Jared Hamm and Jarrett Penner did the scoring for the Hounds (11-12-2-3).
First year Klipper defenseman Connor Karo scored two goals, 1:03 apart late in the second period to lead Kindersley past the Weyburn Red Wings 6-2.
Damon McKenzie opened the scoring with a powerplay goal in the first period for the Klippers (14-7-2-1). Caden Benson, Cameron Shorrock and Ty Enns rounded out the scoring and Zach Johnson turned away 32/34 shots in the win.
Cade Kowalski and Carson Scheschuk provided the scoring for the Red Wings (8-13-2-0), who cap off their weekend in Battlefords on Sunday.
The Flin Flon Bombers raced out to a 3-0 lead and went on to beat the Battlefords North Stars 5-4, splitting their weekend set with the Stars after Friday’s 3-1 loss.
Vincent Nardone, freshly committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA Division I) for 2020-21, scored his 12th goal of his rookie season and was one of five Bombers (15-6-0-2) to find the net. Defenseman Calvon Boots scored for a third straight game (5 goals during that stretch). Isaac Jackson, Dawson McKenzie and Chrystopher Collin all scored as well. Brandson Hein and Nate Hooper had two assists each and find themselves in the top three in SJHL scoring, Hein leading the way with 40 points, and Hooper third with 37, including a league-best 25-assists. Pierce Diamond made 43/47 saves in Saturday’s win.
Noah Form, Brett Gammer, Matthias Urbanski and Quinton Loon-Stewardson scored for the North Stars (13-8-1-3).
The Yorkton Terriers hosted the Estevan Bruins half an hour north of Yorkton on Highway 9, in Canora on Saturday.
The Bruins got on the board first but it was the Terriers coming out on top with a 4-2 win.
Chantz Petruic, Cole Keenleyside, Jared Legien and Tyson Janzen did the scoring for Yorkton (12-9-1-0) and Ben Laidlaw picked up the win. Legien became the third SJHL player this season to hit 20 goals (Brandson Hein, FF; Justin Ball, MFT), doing so in his 21st game.
Jake Heerspink and Michael McChesney scored for the Bruins (13-13-1-0). Estevan’s lead over the Terriers for the Viterra Division lead is now down to two points, and Yorkton has five games in hand. They have a rematch on Tuesday, this time in Yorkton.