By Craig Stein
Brayden Camrud scored his first SJHL goal and added the only goal of a seven round shootout as the Humboldt Broncos finished a two game northern swing with a 3-2 shootout win in La Ronge Saturday night.
Levi Hulston also added his first of the season for Humboldt (16-11-0-1) and Garrett Mason made 44/46 saves and was a perfect 7/7 in the shootout.
Tristen Elder scored once again for the Ice Wolves (5-18-0-4), and now has four goals in his last five games, and six points in his last six. Elder leads his team with 13-goals and 20-points. Craig Pejkovic had the other goal and Aaron MacKay stopped 28/30 saves.
All three home and home series’ over the weekend ended up in splits, and in the case of Yorkton/Melville, both teams ended up winning on the road.
Saturday night the Terriers picked up a 5-2 win in Melville, avenging their home ice loss from Friday.
Carson Welke had three assists Saturday and put up six points (2g-4a) over the weekend. McKenzie Welke (1g-1a), Cole Keenleyside (1g-1a), and Dexter Robinson did the rest of the scoring and Nathan Hargrave turned away 33/35 shots for the Terriers (11-12-3-0).
Tristan Paquette scored his first goal as a Millionaire and Damian Bentz also replied for Melville (12-13-1-0), as the two teams went into the weekend tied in the standings, and remain deadlocked for 3rd in the Viterra and more important, 8th in the league. If the season ended today the two teams would go head to head in the Wild Card series.
The road team also won both in the Weyburn/Estevan weekend series, and the Wings picked up three of a possible four points, following Friday’s shootout loss with a 4-2 win in Estevan Saturday.
Kaelan Holt scored his 19th of the season and defenseman Josh Rieger (1g-1a) scored less than two minutes later, both on the powerplay and the Bruins (20-8-0-1) were up 2-0 just 6:24 in, but that was it for their offense.
The Red Wings (14-11-0-3) scored twice in the second and two more in the third to come from behind. Erik Olson started it off with his first SJHL goal just 30 seconds into the middle frame. Jacob Wozney tied it at 5:05 of the same period, before Cole Woodliffe potted the winner late in the third and Mike Eskra added an empty netter.
Shaun Fleming made 25/27 saves in the victory.
It was a homer series between Melfort and Nipawin, as the Hawks won big at home on Friday, and picked up another point Saturday with the Mustangs coming up with a 3-2 shootout victory at the Palace.
Evan Plotnik stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced in regulation and overtime, and stopped all three breakaways that came at him in the shootout. Kalem Zary and Reed Gunville provided the offense for the Mustangs (10-13-1-3).
Grant Baetsen opened the scoring for the Hawks (13-8-2-1), and Michael Grant gave them their second lead early in the third but they were unable to hang on. Sam-Jaxon Visscher got the start and made 26/28 saves.
And in Kinderlsey, goals all came in pairs as the Klippers doubled up the visiting Notre Dame Hounds 4-2.
Clive Rozdeba opened the scoring in the first period and scored his second of the night in the third for the Klippers (11-17-1-0), and Josh Fletcher also scored twice, his first two SJHL goals, while Nick Trenciansky made 33/35 stops.
Ben Duperreault scored two of his own for the Hounds (13-10-3-1), and now has 20 on the year, tied for the league lead with Humboldt’s Chris Van Os-Shaw. His 45 points is nine more than Van Os-Shaw, his nearest competition in the league scoring race.