Though their first 19 games of the season, the Battlefords North Stars had just one loss and it came in Yorkton. The Terriers came close to doing it to the defending champs again on the night the North Stars held their ring ceremony on home ice on Saturday, but this time the Stars (19-1-0-0) got the last laugh in a back and forth game, with a 3-2 overtime win, and now have 19 wins in 20 tries on the season.
After Yorkton’s Jordan Guiney opened the scoring in the first period, Noah Form and Elijah Loon-Stewardson scored second period goals for the Stars just 25 seconds apart. Chantz Petruic tied it for Yorkton in the third, with his 19th goal of the year, and he’s already sitting at the 40-point plateau through just 20 games, leading the league in both categories. Quinton Loon-Stewardson then ended it for the Stars just 18 seconds into overtime.
The Terriers (10-9-1-0) now have points in six straight games (5-0-1) but see their winning streak end at five games after taking 3/4 points on their Kindersley/Battlefords trip. They still have seven more road games before they’ll suit up again at home.
One night after the Humboldt Broncos had a lopsided win over Nipawin, the La Ronge Ice Wolves came to town and beat the Broncos 5-1.
The Ice Wolves (9-11-2-0) had a perfect weekend with a pair of victories. Liam McGarva made 32/33 saves, while Spencer Kennedy scored twice and Grant Longtin (1g-2a) had a three point night. Aaron Greyeyes (1g-1a), and Daylon Mannon (1g-1a) rounded out the scoring.
Captain Graysen Cameron replied for the Broncos (11-7-1-1) and Michael Harroch made 28/30 saves coming on in relief.
The Notre Dame Hounds went 2-0 over the weekend as well with wins in Estevan Friday and Weyburn Saturday. The Hounds surrendered just one goal in the process, as Logan Dyck followed up Riley Kohonick’s shutout with a 22/23 save performance in a 3-1 win in Weyburn.
The Red Wings (7-11-0-1) opened the scoring on a first period goal from Liam Rutten and they led until there was just over a minute remaining in the second period, when Gabriel Leblanc tied things up for the Hounds (8-9-2-0). Jarrett Penner and Jared Hamm added late third period markers, just 13 seconds apart. Notre Dame has now won three in a row.
Noah Decottignies made 30/33 saves in goal for the Red Wings, who have dropped three straight.
After they were shutout by Humboldt on Friday, the Nipawin Hawks quickly got off the mat Saturday at home, doubling up the Melville Millionaires 4-2.
The Hawks (12-8-0-0) were out-shot 34-25, but rookie Ross Hawryluk made 32/34 saves to earn the win. Ethan Ironside got them on the board early in the second period, as the not-quite-17-year-old (December 2002-born) potted his first SJHL goal in his second game. Burke Simpson and Max Johnson both scored before the second period was up, and Jake Tremblay added one more in the third.
Luke Spadafora scored both goals for the Millionaires (4-11-2-2), giving them the lead twice, 1-0 in the first period and 2-1 in the second. Zach Bannister had assists on both, his first two points as a Millonaire in his second game since being part of a big four player swap between Melville and La Ronge this week.