By Craig Stein
MUSTANGS BACK IN TOP SIX
The Notre Dame Hounds were 13 seconds away from getting five, possibly six of a possible six points on a difficult northern road trip, but Christian Bosa of the Nipawin Hawks had other ideas, scoring at 19:47 of period three, as the Hawks edged the Hounds 3-2 in regulation on Saturday night.
Josh Lester and Carson Erhardt scored first period goals for the Hawks, tying this up after spotting Notre Dame an early 2-0 lead. Patrick Pugliese made 24/26 saves.
The Hawks (33-12-1-2) stay six points up on Kindersley for first overall, and open an eight point edge on Flin Flon for the Sherwood Division lead.
Hardy Wagner scored 29 seconds into the game and Jarrett Penner made it 2-0 Hounds (21-18-5-4) midway through the first period. Riley Kohonick made 27/30 saves in goal. The Hounds remain in 8th place overall.
Other than Hawks/Hounds, the four other SJHL games on Saturday were completely lopsided on the scoreboard.
The Melfort Mustangs blanked the visiting Flin Flon Bombers 6-0.
The win gets the Mustangs back into sixth place, jumping a point past the idle Humboldt Broncos. Noah Giesbrecht stopped all 32 shots he faced for his first SJHL shutout. George King led the way offensively with a pair of goals. Parker Fofonoff, Tanner Zentner and Zack Smith also scored, as did Justin Ball, who notched his 46th of the season.
The Mustangs (27-15-4-0) are back in 6th place, one point back of the Bombers (29-15-1-2) and Battlefords for 4th.
The Kindersley Klippers won three out of four games on their five day road trip to Yorkton (x2) and Melville (x2). They capped it off with a 4-1 decision Saturday in Melville.
Zach Johnson made 23/24 saves while Tyler Traptow, Brendon Borbely, Caden Benson and Kyle Bosch picked up the goals for the Klippers (29-12-3-2). Kindersley made up most of their five games in hand on Humboldt this week, still having one in hand and now a four point lead over them (two point lead over Battlefords).
Defenseman Nash Wood scored his first SJHL goal for the Millionaires (15-25-4-3) while Colby Entz made 34/38 saves. Melville remains three points up on Weyburn for the final playoff spot.
Dylan Esau, Braydon Buziak and Brett Gammer all had two goals and an assist as the Battlefords North Stars left Yorkton with a convincing 9-1 win over the Terriers.
MacGregor Sinclair (1g-1a), Austin Becker and Elijah Loon-Stewardson rounded out the scoring and Joel Gryzbowski made 19/20 saves.
Gryzbowski’s shutout was spoiled by Brandon Klatt who scored the only goal for the Terriers (24-21-1-0) in the third period. Yorkton is now four points back of Estevan for the Viterra lead while the Stars sit tied for 4th overall with Flin Flon.
The Estevan Bruins racked up their seventh straight win, sweeping their weekend home and home with the Weyburn Red Wings, with Saturday’s 7-2 win.
That opens up a four point lead in the Viterra Division for the Bruins (25-20-2-1). Michael McChesney (2g-1a), Turner Ripplinger (1g-2a) and Jayden Davis (1g-2a) all had three point nights. Johnny Witzke (1g-1a), Eddie Gallagher and Bryce Platt also scored and Kadin Kilpatrick made 18/20 saves.
The Bruins are in Yorkton on Tuesday in a game which will decide the season series tie-breaker between the two teams.
Jordan Kazymyra and Tyler Leibl scored for the Red Wings (15-27-4-0) who remain three points behind Melville for a playoff spot.