By Craig Stein
The Kindersley Klippers took back top spot in the SJHL Saturday with a 3-2 shootout win over the Notre Dame Hounds in a divisional matchup, one of five games on a busy Saturday schedule.
It was a valiant effort by Notre Dame goaltender Andrew Henderson, as his club was out-shot 42-18, and he made 40 saves.
All of the scoring happened in the first period, as Kyle Bosch and Josh Fletcher scored for the Klippers (12-3-1-0). Fletcher also scored the only goal of the shootout, and Justen Close made 16/18 saves. Kindersley now has points in nine straight games (8-0-1).
Jared Hamm (9th of the year) and Jarrett Penner scored for the Hounds (8-8-0-2).
Derek Patter scored early in overtime as the Humboldt Broncos won another Ag Risk Solutions Division matchup in extra time, 3-2 (OT) in Battlefords.
Michael Clarke opened the scoring early in the second period for the Broncos (11-5-2-0) and Reid Arnold forced overtime late in the third. Rayce Ramsay was stellar in goal making 45/47 saves.
Joel Gryzbowski made 40/43 saves at the other end for the North Stars (8-5-1-2), while Braydon Buziak and Owen Lamb picked up the goals.
The Melville Millionaires outlasted their rivals from Yorkton 5-4 in a see-saw affair in Melville.
The Millionaires (3-12-2-2) led 3-0 and saw the lead evaporate, before the two teams went back and forth until Max McPeak scored a powerplay goal with 1:48 to play and it stood as the winner. It was McPeak’s first goal in the SJHL. Josh Borynec led the Mils with a goal and two assists. Tristan Shewchuk (1g-1a), Aidan Steinke (1g-1a) and Jaden Shewchuk rounded out the scoring.
Karstin McDonald, Chantz Petruic and Cole Keenleyside erased the 3-0 deficit in the second period, before Cody Bruchkowski added one more in the third for the Terriers (8-6-1-0).
Jayden Davis had two goals and two assists and the Estevan Bruins ended a tough road trip on a high note, beating the Melfort Mustangs 9-4.
TJ Irey also scored twice and Bryce Platt notched a goal and two assists. Jake Heerspink (1g-1a), George Cathers and Turner Ripplinger added the others for Estevan (8-10-0-0). Michael McChesney chipped in three assists.
Carson Albrecht had two goals and an assist, leading the way for the Mustangs (10-5-1-0). Justin Ball scored his 16th of the year and added an assist, with Colin Schmidt rounding out the scoring.
After three shutouts in eight nights, Patrick Pugliese gave Declan Hobbs the night off in the Nipawin Hawks’ crease, and Pugliese nearly added a shutout of his own, as the Hawks downed the Weyburn Red Wings 5-1 at The Cage.
Pugliese stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced, allowing a third period powerplay marker to Weyburn’s Garrett Szeremley.
Jake Tremblay scored the first two goals of the night for the Hawks (12-5-0-0), who are now back into a first place tie with Flin Flon in the Sherwood. Jordan Simoneau (1g-1a), Carson Erhardt and Gage Misskey also found the back of the net.
Riley Lamb made 34/38 saves for the Red Wings (5-10-2-0), who are now winless in 10 (0-8-2) after an 0-3-1 road trip.