By Craig Stein
HUMBOLDT’S PERFECT 10 PUTS THEM BACK IN DIVISION LEAD
The Humboldt Broncos made it 10 in a row on Saturday as they beat the La Ronge Ice Wolves 5-2.
Humboldt trailed 2-1 midway through the game but scored four straight including three in the third period. The win vaults the Broncos (34-16-2-1) into sole possession of top spot in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division, two points up on Kindersley, but the Klippers, who were idle on Saturday, now have two games in hand and the two teams go head to head Monday afternoon in Humboldt, a 3:00 start.
Jordan Mish (1g-1a) and Ben Manson did the scoring for the Ice Wolves (10-41-1-1) who are now winless in 13 games (0-12-0-1).
A pair of heavyweights went at it in Melfort, with the hometown Mustangs edging the Battlefords North Stars 4-3 in a shootout.
That result leaves the two teams in a fifth place tie in the overall standings, one point back of Kindersley and three up on Flin Flon. Melfort has a game in hand on the Stars.
Fresh off his commitment to the University of North Dakota, Carson Albrecht scored his 29th and 30th goals of the season and added an assist for a three point night. Kayle Tosh also scored and Noah Giebrecht made 37/40 saves. George King scored the shootout winner, while Justin Ball also scored in the shootout but was held off the scoresheet in regulation for just the fourth time all season.
Quinton Loon-Stewardson, MacGregor Sinclair and Owen Lamb replied for the North Stars (29-13-5-5). The Stars have the fewest (tied for) regulation losses in the league, but five shootout losses and 10 OT/SO losses lead the league. They have a three game, three night road trip to Weyburn, Estevan and Notre Dame next weekend. Melfort’s next action has them in Melville on Wednesday.
The Flin Flon Bombers played in four one-goal games on their five night road trip, but had just an overtime win in Weyburn to show for it, capping the trek with a 3-2 loss in Notre Dame on Saturday, and a 1-3-0-0 record on the swing.
The Hounds (23-20-5-4) are still in that 8th place tie with Yorkton as both teams won again on Saturday. Riley Kohonick was the difference, stopping 31 of the 33 shots he faced, with the Hounds being out-shot 33-27. Jakob Breault (1g-1a), Hardy Wagner and Sho Takai picked up the goals.
Chrystopher Collin and Caleb Moretz scored for the Bombers (31-19-1-2) while Brandson Hein assisted on both. Gabriel Waked made 24/27 saves.
With most teams in front of them picking up points Saturday, the Bombers now find themselves three points out of the top six and have played at least one more game than the teams they’re trying to catch.
Flin Flon’s off until Friday when they host Yorkton. Notre Dame’s in Estevan on Tuesday before a three game homestand.
Branden Klatt’s second goal of the night and 27th of the season came just 17 seconds into overtime and the Yorkton Terriers beat the Melville Millionaires 4-3 (OT) to take both ends of their home and home.
Klatt also had an assist for a three point night. Mason Mullaney and Benjamin Solomon also scored, while Colby Brandt and Chantz Petruic had two assists each. Ryan Ouellette made 19/22 saves in the win for the Terriers (27-24-1-0) who remain tied for 8th place with Notre Dame.
Tristan Shewchuk, Josh Borynec and Sam Mudd (first SJHL goal) replied for the Millionaires (15-28-5-3). Melville’s now winless in their last six games but the single point now has them two points up on Weyburn for the final playoff spot, with a game in hand. The Millionaires and Red Wings still meet twice before the season’s done. Melville first welcomes Melfort on Wednesday, and La Ronge on Friday before their back to back with Weyburn.
Yorkton’s home to La Ronge on Wednesday before heading to Flin Flon and Nipawin on the weekend.
For a second straight night the Estevan Bruins answered Yorkton’s win with one of their own, maintaining an eight point lead atop the Viterra Division.
Michael McChesney scored a natural hat trick to finish off the scoring, and added one assist, giving him 29-goals on the season. Jayden Davis also had a four point night also with a goal and three assists. Turner Ripplinger (1g-1a), Isaiah Thomas and Bronson Adams (first SJHL) also found the net and Will Koop added three helpers. Kadin Kilpatrick picked up the victory, making 27/29 saves for the Bruins (30-21-2-1).
Jevon Schwean and Drew Anderson (1g-1a) each scored second period goals for the Red Wings (15-31-5-1). Weyburn’s two points back of Melville for the final playoff spot and have one less game remaining. The Wings host Battlefords on Friday, before back to back games in Melville Saturday and next Wednesday.