By Craig Stein
TUESDAY NIGHT RECAPS
A pair of games needed extra time on Tuesday night, including in Kindersley where the Klippers kept their season alive with a 2-1 (OT) decision over the Melfort Mustangs in Game 4.
Each team had two powerplays in overtime, with Nate Keeley jamming home a rebound on the man advantage to end it with six minutes left in period four.
Austin Nault opened the scoring for Kindersley and also set up Keeley’s winner. Justen Close made 35/36 saves in picking up his first career post-season win.
Melfort defenseman Jake Hobson had their goal, while Shawn Parkinson got his first taste of the SJHL playoffs, making 35/37 saves.
The Mustangs get another shot to advance when they host Game 5 on Friday night.
The ice was barely dry when Braydon Buziak scored just 43 seconds into overtime, and the Battlefords North Stars won their second straight overtime game, 3-2 (OT) in Flin Flon Tuesday night, taking a commanding 3-0 series lead in the process.
Defensemen Matthew Fletcher and Noah Form, who combined for five regular season goals, each scored in the second period to give the Stars the lead. Joel Gryzbowski made 32/34 saves and is now 3-0 in the playoffs (0.94 GAA / .974%).
Vincent Nardone opened the scoring for Flin Flon, and Chrystopher Collin tied things up at 2-2, just seconds before he left the game with an injury, after Stars’ forward Matthias Urbanski was handed five and a game for charging.
Gabriel Waked made 41/44 saves in the loss. The Bombers look to stay alive and send the series back to Battlefords, when they host Game 4 on Wednesday.
The Yorkton Terriers have a 2-1 series edge over the top seeded Nipawin Hawks, winning their second straight game in the series, 3-2 on home ice on Tuesday.
The Hawks held the lead twice, but Cody Bruchkowski scored a pair of goals for the Terriers, and Mason Mullaney added a powerplay marker, his third goal in his last two games.
Ryan Ouellette made 25/27 saves in the victory.
Jaxsen Wiebe and Jake Tremblay each had a goal and an assist for the Hawks, while Declan Hobbs made 28/31 saves.
Things have gone according to plan for the Humboldt Broncos so far in their series, earning a split in Estevan, before holding serve on home ice, winning Games 3 and 4, including an 8-4 decision Tuesday night to grab a 3-1 advantage in the Best-of-Seven.
Brayden Camrud has had an explosive series, racking up eight points in Humboldt’s two home games, including three goals and two assists on Tuesday, giving him 10 points (3g-7a) in the four game series. Logan Foster added a goal and two assists, while Derek Patter, Drew Warkentine, Reid Arnold and Michael Clarke also found the net. Rayce Ramsay made 27/31 saves.
The Broncos led 4-0 after the first period, but the Bruins had a valiant comeback in the third, quickly turning a 6-1 game to 6-4, including two short-handed goals 24 seconds apart, both from Michael McChesney. Johnny Witzke and Ryder Pierson scored the others.
The teams will head back to Estevan for Game 5 on Friday.