By Craig Stein
The Weyburn Red Wings out-shot the Nipawin Hawks 44-24 on Saturday night, but were unable to get anything past Kristian Stead.
The Hawks’ goaltender was perfect, making 44 saves for the shutout, his second of the season, as the Hawks’ won their third straight game and ninth in their last 10.
Keillan Olson and Jake Gerbner scored for the Hawks, both on the powerplay, while Nathan Hargrave made 22/24 saves in goal for the Red Wings.
The Estevan Bruins needed a shootout to win their fifth game in a row, 5-4 (SO) in Flin Flon.
Johnny Witzke (1g-1a), Matt McNeil (1g-1a), Kaelan Holt and Mark Edmands did the scoring and Nic Tallarico made 45/49 saves, and another 3/3 in the shootout.
Brandon Lesko notched a pair for the Bombers, while Kristian St. Onge (1g-1a) and Jason Lavallee added singles.
Chris Van Os-Shaw scored his league-leading 14th and 15th goals of the season to lead the Humboldt Broncos past the Melfort Mustangs 3-2.
Garrett Mason, one night after being pulled three minutes into a lopsided loss in Melville, was back to his stellar self, making 29/31 saves. Dawson Atamanchuk also scored for the Broncos, and has 5 points in 5 games on the season.
Rylan Freed and Tanner Zentner each scored their first goals of the season for the Mustangs.
Justen Close made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season, and his teammates gave him more than enough cushion as the Kindersley Klippers blanked the Yorkon Terriers 8-0.
Cody Hodgson scored three times, a natural hat trick, just 6:48 apart in the second period. Hodgson had one goal on the season before Saturday, and that came the night before against Notre Dame. Cole Young added a pair of goals, while Carson Picket (1g-1a), Jordan Evans and Branden Wagner scoring one each.
The Terriers surrendered eight goals in each of their two games on their Battlefords/Kindersley trip.
Stay-at-home blue liner Kendall Fransoo scored both of his teams’ goals as the Battlefords North Stars snuck past the Notre Dame Hounds 2-1, giving them six straight wins.
Fransoo now has three goals on the season, and that’s a career high for the fifth year North Star and captain.
Joel Gryzbowski made 21/22 saves, improving his mark to 7-1-0 on the season.
Jordan Greenfield-Flemon made 41/43 saves in goal for the Hounds, with Craig Berube notching his second goal of the season, and second in as many nights, after he potted the overtime winner Friday in Kindersley.