By Craig Stein
It was a rare night for the Notre Dame Hounds, who managed to pick up four points in the standings during a trip to La Ronge.
The Hounds and Ice Wolves finished the last few minutes of a game that was suspended prior to completion earlier in the season, and the Hounds picked up a 6-3 victory there, and after a short break, Notre Dame scored seven times in the second period of a 9-4 triumph.
In the night cap, nine different Hounds managed to find the net, as Marshall Wilton picked up a goal and two assists. Kaleb Bell, Ahmed Ally, Zack Kosteniuk, Curtis Wiebe and Max Salpeter all added a goal and an assist, with Chaz Smedsrud Jared Hamm and Jack Flaman rounding it out.
Notre Dame (24-13-1-3) now sits fifth place in the overall standings.
Austin Bill, Connor Smith, Nolan Dawson and Tanner Brewster replied for the Ice Wolves (8-31-0-2).
Declan Hobbs followed up Friday’s 27 save shutout against Notre Dame, with a second consecutive clean sheet, stopping 21 the following afternoon in Yorkton on Saturday, as the Hawks rolled to a 5-0 win.
It’s now been 23 games since the Hawks (32-5-2-3) have suffered a regulation loss, having gone 21-0-1-1 during the tear.
Hobbs got some run support Saturday thanks to three point nights from Kenzie Arnold (1g-2a) and Chad McCartney (1g-2a). Tyler Adams, Logan Casavant and Josh McDougall (1g-1a) also found the net.
The Terriers (8-29-2-1) have now dropped five in a row.
Logan Schatz scored with two seconds left in regulation, propelling the Humboldt Broncos to a big 3-2 road win against their rivals in Melfort.
Schatz (1g-1a) finished off a two point night, breaking a 2-2 tie in the dying seconds. Nick Shumlanski notched his first as a Bronco, and also added one assist, while Jaxon Joseph scored a short-handed marker, for his 20th of the season, and Jacob Wassermann made 36/38 saves.
The Broncos (22-14-3-2) remain in a dogfight for a top six spot, currently holding a one point edge over Weyburn for 6th.
Andrew Thompson and Loch Morrison provided goals for the Mustangs (28-8-4-1). Evan Plotnik stopped 24/27.
Another rivalry game Saturday saw the Estevan Bruins head to Weyburn and come home with a 5-3 victory.
The Bruins (25-14-3-1) went 4/6 with the powerplay, and opened their lead over Weyburn to six points for the Viterra Division lead (3rd place in the overall standings).
Michael McChesney, Arthur Miller and Jake Fletcher all had a goal and an assist. Mark Edmands and Hayden Guilderson added singles and Bo Didur turned away 16/19 shots in the win.
Arik Weersink was much busier at the other end, stopping 31 of 35 shots. Defenseman Mike Eskra scored twice for the Wings (22-15-4-0), while Ben Hiltz added a goal and an assist.
The Battlefords North Stars scored a pair of late empty-net goals to break open what was a very tightly contested affair with the Melville Millionaires. The Stars won 4-1 at Hockey Day in Saskatchewan in Balcarres.
The North Stars (30-6-2-0) picked up their 30th win of the season in just their 38th game.
Captain Layne Young scored a pair, with Keith Anderson and Matthias Urbanski notching the others. Joel Gryzbowski got the win making 23/24 saves.
Dayton Heino opened the scoring for the Millionaires (13-26-0-2), but that was all the offense they would muster. Colby Entz had a strong outing, stopping 42/44 Battlefords shots.