By Craig Stein
Dakota Boutin had three goals and two assists to lead the Melfort Mustangs to an 8-2 victory over the La Ronge Ice Wolves in Kinistino on Saturday night.
That’s the Mustangs’ (19-17-2-4) third straight win as they remain in sole possession of sixth place overall in the standings.
Andrew Thompson had a goal and two assists in Saturday’s win, while Tyler Heidt (1g-1a), Miles Warkentine (1g-1a), Matt Goudy and Reed Gunville also scored and Derrick Hucul made 29/31 saves.
Jaden Bosman and Shae Kiryk provided the scoring for the Ice Wolves (6-31-1-4).
The Nipawin Hawks made it 4 straight wins, defeating the visiting Melville Millionaires 3-1.
The two players who recently returned to the Hawks did all the damage, as Brandan Arnold (WHL) had two goals and an assist, and Eric Bolden (NCAA) picked up a goal and an assist.
Kristian Stead made 16/17 saves as the Hawks improved to 24-12-2-1, and remain 10 points back of Flin Flon for the Sherwood lead with four games in hand.
Mitchell Torrens scored for the Millionaires (17-22-2-0) and Colby Entz made 30/33 saves.
Brenden Newton made 36/37 saves and the Flin Flon Bombers finished a weekend trip to Yorkton with a 4-1 win in a Saturday matinee.
The Bombers (28-10-2-3) took three of four points against the Terriers after a shootout loss on Friday, and now have points in eight straight games (7-0-1).
After a scoreless first period, Nick Shumlanski and Jordan McCausland scored goals 12 seconds apart early in the second. McCausland finished with two goals against his former club, and Greyson Reitmeier added a goal and an assist.
Quinton Hobbs picked up a second period goal for the Terriers (19-21-3-0).
The Weyburn Red Wings doubled up the Humboldt Broncos 6-3 to stay within a point of a top six spot.
Jacob Wozney scored his 21st and 22nd goals of the season in the third period to put the game away. Carson Rose (1g-1a), Mike Eskra (1g-1a), Devon Becker and Tyran Brown also scored for the Wings (19-20-1-4).
Chris Van Os-Shaw scored his league-leading 29th of the year for the Broncos (23-18-0-1) and Luke Kempf added a pair in the second period.
Humboldt came up empty handed on their Estevan/Weyburn trip. They return home to face Kindersley Tuesday before a weekend home-and-home with Yorkton.
And at Hockey Day in Saskatchewan in Shellbrook, the Battlefords North Stars picked up points for a ninth straight (8-0-1) game, beating the Notre Dame Hounds 5-3.
Ben Allen led the charge with two goals and an assist for the Stars (35-7-1-0). Connor Sych, Logan Nachtegaele and Owen Lamb did the rest of the scoring.
The Hounds (17-19-4-1) led twice, and Chaz Smedsrud scored all three of their goals, and a busy Benjamin Patt made 52/56 saves.