By Craig Stein
Estevan defenseman Devan Harrison capped off a three point night with his third goal for the season, 1:04 into overtime, and the Estevan Bruins edged the Notre Dame Hounds 4-3 (OT) on Saturday night.
The result leaves the two teams tied for 8th place in the overall SJHL standings with 41 points each, and if the season ended today they would go head-to-head in a Wild Card series.
TJ Irey and Michael McChesney each had a goal and an assist and Tristyn DeRoose rounded out the scoring and Grant Boldt made 18/21 saves for the Bruins (19-20-2-1).
Jared Hamm (1g-1a), Tanner Tarbell and Cody Lehner (first SJHL goal) scored for Notre Dame and Riley Kohonick made 28/32 saves.
The Hounds (17-16-3-4) still have points in six straight games (4-0-1-1).
Cade Kowalski’s first goal as a Flin Flon Bomber finished off a late third period comeback as the Bombers completed a weekend sweep of the Melfort Mustangs with a 5-4 decision at the Whitney Forum Saturday.
Kowalski finished with a goal and an assist, while Vincent Nardone, Caleb Moretz, Daylan Marchi and Billy Klimchuk had the other goals. Deadline acquisition Gabriel Waked made his debut in net for Flin Flon, making 26/30 saves.
The teams right in front of the Bombers (24-13-0-2) in the overall standings (Humboldt & Battlefords) also won on Saturday which keeps them 7th place for now despite their fourth straight win, but they’re within striking distance of 4th place, two points back of Melfort and Battlefords who are now tied for that spot, with a game in hand on each.
Justin Ball scored his 42nd goal of the season and added two assists for the Mustangs (25-13-2-0), giving him a league-high 71 points. Alex Rondeau, Colin Schmidt and Nolan Kadachuk added the others.
Two Yorkton Terriers, Jared Legien and Quinten Hobbs, had hat tricks Saturday as the Yorkton Terriers went into Weyburn and beat the Red Wings 11-2.
Legien finished with three goals and two assists, and his 33 goals have him tied for second most in the league. Branden Klatt had four assists, while Chantz Petruic added a goal and three helpers. Brendan Mark chipped in with a goal and two assists, with Colby Brandt, Mason Mullaney and Kishaun Gervais all having a goal and an assist. Andrew Henderson needed 17/19 saves for his first win as a member of the Terriers (22-17-1-0), who remain four points up on Estevan for the Viterra Division lead with two games in hand.
Dawson McKenzie (1g-1a) had his first points in Weyburn after being acquired in the Cade Kowalski deal. Justin Plett also scored for the Red Wings (14-22-3-0). Weyburn is still one point back of Melville for a playoff spot with two games in hand.
Ty Enns had two goals and two assist, and Justen Close made 37/39 saves to lead the Kindersley Klippers to a 5-2 win in La Ronge.
The two clubs split their weekend set at the Mel Hegland Uniplex with the Wolves taking the opener on Friday.
It’s a big win for the Klippers (25-10-3-2), with Battlefords and Humboldt both hot on their heels. Kindersley still sits three points up on the Stars, four ahead of the Broncos.
Brett Neumeier, Tyler Traptow and Liam Fraser also scored for Kindersley.
Stewart Pond (1g-1a) and Antonio Di Paolo replied for the Ice Wolves (10-30-1-0).
The Battlefords North Stars, with two wins and two Melfort losses this weekend, are now tied with Melfort for fourth place overall, as they picked up four points on a Yorkton/Melville road swing, finishing in Melville with a 5-2 win.
MacGregor Sinclair scored three times and added an assist, while Owen Lamb had a goal and two helpers. Elijah Loon-Stewardson also scored and Joel Gryzbowski made 25 saves on 27 shots for the Stars (22-10-4-4).
Sam De Melo opened the scoring in the first period for the Millionaires (13-22-3-3) before the Stars scored three in the second and five straight overall. Tristan Shewchuk added one more for Melville with two seconds left in regulation. The Millionaires are still one point up on Weyburn for the 10th and final playoff spot.
The Humboldt Broncos had a nice bounce-back win over Nipawin, defeating the Hawks 5-3 at home to keep themselves in a top six position.
Michael Clarke led the way with two goals and an assist. Brayden Camrud (1g-1a), Logan Foster (1g-1a) and Owen Guenter also found the net and Dane Dow made 29/32 saves for the Broncos (24-15-2-1).
Arik Breton, Austen Flaman and Colten Gerlib scored for the Hawks (28-12-1-1), who led 3-2 until late in the second before the Broncos quickly tied it and added two more in the third.
The SJHL’s regular season schedule takes a break for the SJHL/MJHL Showcase in Regina this Monday and Tuesday. Teams are back in action next Friday with another full slate of games.