All 12 teams were in action in a full slate of SJHL Pre-Season action on Saturday night.
Humboldt and Notre Dame got into their first exhibition action in Humboldt, with the Broncos coming out on top with a big 5-1 decision. Tristan Shewchuk led the charge with a pair of goals and figures to play a prominent role up from for the Broncos this season. Nate Alberts scored for the Hounds and Raythan Robbins made 24/25 saves in half a game. Tanner Marshall and Michael Harroch combined to make 20/21 saves for Humboldt. They’ll play again Monday in Wilcox.
Emerik Demers needed just 18 saves for his first (exhibition) SJHL shutout in his first action as Estevan blanked Weyburn 3-0. Demers joins the Bruins from Quebec and comes in highly touted for this season and as a 2001, is still eligible to play next year when the Bruins host the Junior ‘A’ National Championship. Mason Strutt scored twice in Saturday’s win. Joseph Young made 32/34 saves in goal for Weyburn.
Xavier Cannon made 31/33 saves and the La Ronge Ice Wolves picked up a 4-2 win over visiting Flin Flon, as those two clubs have now split their first two pre-season games. Newcomers Walker Jerome and Brandon Della Paolera scored third period goals for La Ronge to break open a 2-2 tie. Hayden Clayton and Jaeden Mercier scored first period goals for Flin Flon.
Joel Favreau stopped 36 of the 37 shots he faced as the Melfort Mustangs edged the visiting Nipawin Hawks 2-1. Tyler Moline and Vaclav Prospal did the scoring for Melfort, while Jake Tremblay added his first of the pre-season for Nipawin and Ross Hawryluk made 23/25 saves.
Kaeden Taphorn had a goal and an assist, Philippe Bond made 24/25 saves and the Yorkton Terriers beat the Melville Millionaires 3-1. Kolton Leslie scored for Melville and Kaleb McEachern stopped 22/25 shots. Yorkton took both ends of their opening weekend home and home Pre-Season set.
And the game summary wasn’t available at press time, but the Kindersley Klippers picked up a 4-1 win over Battlefords, sweeping that weekend set following Friday’s 5-2 victory.
There are no games on Sunday, Notre Dame welcomes Humboldt on Monday, with the same combatants all squaring off twice again next week, between Wednesday and Sunday with most games over the weekend again to wrap up the exhibition schedule.