By Craig Stein
The La Ronge Ice Wolves picked up their second win of the season Saturday, doubling up the Melfort Mustangs 4-2 in the back end of their weekend home and home.
Shane Hounsell scored twice, his first two of the season, while Mitch Zambon added a goal and an assist, and Ben Manson scored his second in as many nights. Chad Duran made 34/36 saves to pick up his second win for the Ice Wolves (2-6-0-0).
Justin Ball notched his league-leading (tied) 10th of the season for the Mustangs (5-3-1-0), while Zach Anderson added his 6th.
Justen Close stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced, plus went 2/2 in the shootout as the Kindersley Klippers won their second straight in Flin Flon, and third straight overall, 2-1 (SO) Saturday night.
Close is putting together another spectacular season in his 20-year-old campaign, now with a 6-2 record, 1.99 GAA and a .935%.
Defenseman Clay Keeley scored late in the second period for the Klippers (7-3-0-0) to open the scoring, while Chrystopher Collin scored for a second straight night for the Bombers (5-4-0-1) in the third. Pierce Diamond made 26/27 saves for Flin Flon.
Brayden Camrud had two goals and two assists, and his four point night led the Humboldt Broncos (7-3-1-0) to a 5-3 win in Estevan to finish off their weekend trip.
Camrud’s 9-goals and 18-points have him tied for third in the SJHL in both categories.
Riker Franczak (1g-1a), Josh Patrician (1g-1a) and Luke Lonneman also scored for Humboldt and Rayce Ramsay made 24/27 saves to run his personal record to 3-0 (1.64 / .957%).
Michael McChesney scored twice for the Bruins (4-5-0-0), his 7th and 8th of the year, while Jayden Davis also found the net.
While ice plant issues in Melville prevented Friday night’s Highway 10 battle, the Millionaires and Terriers locked horns Saturday in Yorkton, with the Terriers coming out on top 5-2.
Colby Brandt had a goal and two assists to lead the way offensively. Jared Legien’s 9th of the year opened the scoring and put him into tie for the league-lead in points with 18.
Chantz Petruic, Cole Keenleyside and Brendan Mark also scored for the Terriers (4-4-1-0), and Ben Laidlaw made 35/37 saves.
Montana Streit and former Terrier Shane Sherban replied for the Millionaires (1-7-1-1).
The SJHL takes an extended Thanksgiving break, as the schedule is blank on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, returning Wednesday with three games.