By Craig Stein
A back and forth game in Melville saw Weyburn’s Cade Kowalski score with 38 seconds left in regulation to give the Red Wings a 4-3 win over the Millionaires on Saturday night.
The Millionaires (5-12-0-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the game thanks to a first period marker from Isaac Embree and a second period insurance goal by Damian Bentz. William Cruise and Jordan Kazymyra tied things up for the Wings (12-4-2-0) before the middle period was up. They took the lead on a Jeremy Velazquez goal at 10:44 of the third and Bentz added his second of the night for the Millionaires less than a minute later, which set the stage for Kowalski’s winner.
Carter Phair made 20/23 saves in the win while Colby Entz stopped 32/36 for the Mils.
The Battlefords North Stars improved to 12-1-1-0, winning 4-3 in a shootout in Kindersley.
The Stars led 2-1 after the first period, but needed a third period powerplay goal from Chaseton Braid to force overtime. Tre Doyon opened the scoring 2:42 into his first SJHL game and Layne Young added a goal and an assist, getting him to within a point of the league lead (12g-19a-31p). He’s averaging 2.2 points per game. Kolby Matthews made 32/35 saves to pick up the win.
Justen Close stopped 31 of 34 shots for the Klippers (8-5-2-1), while Curtis Peck, Josh Fletcher and Tanner Thompson did the scoring.
A matinee game in La Ronge saw the Ice Wolves complete a weekend sweep of the Yorkton Terriers with a 5-2 decision.
Matthew Perkins had two goals and an assist, to go along with with goal and two assists from the night before. Perkins racked up six points in two games against his former team, after putting up one assist in 13 games with the Terriers this season.
Jason Bednarski (1g-1a), Tanner Brewster (1g-1a) and Connor Smith also scored for the Ice Wolves (4-12-0-1) and another former Terrier, Merek Pipers, make 30/32 saves in the win.
The Terriers (3-14-2-0) led 2-0 less than four minutes into the game on goals from Cole Keenleyside and Cody Bruchkowski (1g-1a).
Jacob Standen stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced for the Notre Dame Hounds, while Jake Anthony was no slouch for Nipawin, kicking out 33 of 35, but the Hounds took the edge the goaltender’s duel, getting by the Hawks 2-1 at a neutral site game in Midale.
Chaz Smedsrud opened the scoring Olivier Lantagne scored the eventual winner for the Hounds (10-5-1-2), while Bryson Cecconi provided the lone marker for the Hawks (11-4-1-1).
The only game Sunday will see the Hawks finish off a three game road swing in Estevan at 6:00.