By Craig Stein
GRYZBOWSKI EXTENDS SHUTOUT STREAK, THIRD STRAIGHT
The first SJHL Canalta Cup Finalist has been determined as the Battlefords North Stars advanced on Wednesday with a 3-0 win in Yorkton to sweep the Terriers in four straight games.
The Terriers were held off the scoreboard in each of the final three games as Joel Gryzbowski racked up his third straight shutout and fourth of the playoffs as he made 31 saves in Wednesday’s clincher.
Gryzbowski is now 8-1-2 in the playoffs with a 1.40 GAA, .959%, 4 SO. In the series, he was 4-0, 0.48 GAA, .985%, 3 SO, and he’ll take a 198 minute shutout streak into the Canalta Cup Final, which will begin in Battlefords, most likely Friday, April 12th against either Melfort or Estevan.
Quinton Loon-Stewardson opened the scoring with his 6th of the playoffs in the first period, before Brett Gammer and Ryan Gil added third period markers to put it away. Owen Lamb and Braydon Buziak had two assists each.
Terrier rookie goalie Ryan Ouellette was somewhat overshadowed by Gryzbowski’s shutout, but also turned in a masterful series, with a .932 save percentage in the four games, including 32/35 saves in Game 4.
The Estevan Bruins have clawed out of a 2-0 hole with back to back wins at home, tying their series 2-2 with Melfort thanks to Wednesday night’s 4-2 Game 4 victory.
TJ Irey and 16-year-old AP call-up Cody Davis scored twice each to lead the charge, while Grant Boldt made 19/21 saves.
Davis had 26-goals and 40-points in 44-games for the Moose Jaw Generals (SMAAAHL) this season, and also added 2g-2a in two regular season games with Estevan.
The Bruins led 4-0 by the 13:12 point of the first period, while Zach Anderson and Colin Schmidt each added their third of the playoffs for Melfort.
The Mustangs still have home ice in what’s now Best-of-Three. Game 5 goes Friday in Melfort, with Game 6 now a sure thing, Sunday night in Estevan.