By Craig Stein
Chaseton Braid scored his second goal of the night with 1:51 left in regulation, and the Battlefords North Stars kicked off three home games in three nights with a 2-1 decision over the Weyburn Red Wings on Thursday night.
Layne Young had two more assists and now sits with 30-goals and 61-assists for 91-points with 11 games left.
Taryn Kotchorek made 18/19 saves in goal for the North Stars (36-9-2-0). The Stars are now six points back of Nipawin for top spot overall with a game in hand. They could make that four with a win over La Ronge at home on Friday, and potentially two points when they host Notre Dame Saturday, with the Hawks having the weekend off. When you consider Nipawin hasn’t lost in regulation for half a regular season schedule (29 games) now, it goes to show the defending champs are right there.
Tyran Brown scored a first period goal and Arik Weersink was phenomenal stopping 32/34 shots for the Red Wings (25-18-4-0). It was a tough late loss for the Wings, who could have really used at least a point for getting to overtime. They remain five points back of Estevan for the Viterra lead with two games in hand, two points shy of Notre Dame for a top six spot.
Weyburn’s road trip sees them in Humboldt Friday and again on Saturday.
Along with the Stars and Wings both back in action on Friday, the five game schedule also sees Notre Dame in Kindersley, Flin Flon in Melfort and Melville starting off a home and home in Yorkton.