By Craig Stein
A second straight 3-2 win over Humboldt in as many nights, means the Nipawin Hawks have now gone 15 games without a loss in regulation, now 14-0-1 over that stretch and 25-5-2-2 overall as of Saturday night.
The Hawks did all their scoring in the first five minutes of periods, as Caleb Paisley got them on the board 3:26 into the game, before Michael Grant and Austin Mikesch tacked on the others at 1:52 and 2:53 of the second.
Jake Anthony improved his personal mark to 14-2-0, making 21/23 saves.
Conner Lukan and Jaxon Joseph replied for the Broncos (19-11-3-2), and Parker Tobin made 39/42 saves in goal.
Taryn Kotchorek made 29/30 saves, and the Battlefords North Stars sent the Flin Flon Bombers to their fifth straight loss, a 5-1 decision on Saturday.
Keith Anderson led the way offensively with two goals and an assist. Matthew Fletcher, Matthias Urbanski and MacGregor Sinclair also picked up goals, while Layne Young and Brad Girard added two assists each.
Dylan Burton had the only goal for the Bombers (9-17-1-3), who will get their Coach/GM Mike Reagan back from the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge, after they won gold on Saturday. Bomber forward Chrystopher Collin and Stars’ defenseman Levi Kleiboer were also on the club.
The Notre Dame Hounds overcame a 3-2 deficit, racking up the next five with a 7-3 win in Yorkton.
Several players had multi-point nights for the Hounds (21-9-1-3), as Marshall Wilton had four assists. Chance Longjohn (2g-1a) and Chaz Smedzrud scored twice each, Zach Kosteniuk had a goal and two assists, while Jack Flaman (1g-1a) and Curtis Wiebe added goals. Jacob Standen turned away 28 of 31 shots.
Dino Antoniadis scored twice and Mason Mullaney opened the scoring for the Terriers (7-23-2-1).
Defenseman Clayton Eisler scored twice and added one assist as the Melville Millionaires doubled up the Estevan Bruins 4-2.
Ethan Kopyczyn (1g-1a) and Mack Gray also picked up goals and Colby Entz picked up the win, stopping 29/31 shots.
The Millionaires (12-21-0-2) jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the third period. They hold the 9th spot overall in the league.
Jake Fletcher and Arthur Miller scored late third period goals for the Bruins (20-12-2-1), making it a one-goal game, before Eisler added his 2nd goal into an empty net in the dying seconds. Estevan remains in the Viterra Division lead, two points up on Weyburn, who had the entire weekend off. In fact, the Red Wings are already on holidays. They played December 13th, and not again until December 30th.
The Melfort Mustangs rolled into Kindersley and doubled up the Klippers to the tune of 6-3.
The Klippers out-shot Melfort 39-35, but Evan Plotnik stood tall, kicking out 36 shots.
Reed Gunville, Rock Ruschkowski and Carson Albrecht all had a goal and an assist for the Mustangs (21-7-4-1), with Kalem Zary, Andrew Thompson and Nolan Kadachuk tacking on the others.
Cameron Shorrock (1g-1a), Devon Cyr and Josh Patrician picked up goals for the Klippers (13-13-2-2), who have now dropped six in a row.
Kindersley welcomes Flin Flon Monday and Tuesday to wrap up their Pre-Christmas schedule.
Just four games total remain in the league before shutting down for holidays for a week. Along with the two game set between Flin Flon and Kindersley Monday/Tuesday, Nipawin travels to La Ronge on Tuesday, and there’s just one game Friday to wrap things up as Humboldt heads to Melfort.