By Craig Stein
MUSTANGS, STARS TAKE 2-0 LEADS
Cole Keenleyside scored three goals and added one assist as the Yorkton Terriers left Nipawin with a split, winning Saturday night’s Game 2 by a score of 5-4.
Mason Mullaney did the rest of the scoring, adding the other two, while Quinten Hobbs and Cody Dubas each added two assists, and Ryan Ouellette made 40/44 saves.
Keenleside’s first had the Terriers up 1-0 after the first period, but the Hawks rattled off three straight by the 4:28 mark of the second period. Yorkton scored the next four in a row before the Hawks got one back with 1:23 left in the game. Jordan Simoneau (1g-1a), Austen Flaman, Jake Tremblay and Michael Makarenko scored for Nipawin and Declan Hobbs made 30/35 saves.
Yorkton hosts Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Kaden Boser scored his second goal in as many playoff games, and this one came 11:01 into overtime, giving the Battlefords North Stars a 2-1 (OT) win, and a 2-0 series lead over the Flin Flon Bombers. The rookie Boser had four goals in 41 games during the regular season.
Braydon Buziak opened the scoring in the first period for the Stars, and Joel Gryzbowski continues to be nearly unbeatable in these playoffs, making 42/43 saves in Game 2, following his 37-save shutout from the night before, giving him 79/80 saves in the series, good for a .988%, to go along with a 0.47 GAA.
Caleb Franklin broke Gryzbowski’s shutout streak late in the second period, and Flin Flon’s Gabriel Waked made 33/35 saves at the other end.
The series now shifts to Flin Flon for Games 3 & 4 Tuesday/Wednesday.
Jayden Davis scored twice to lead the Estevan Bruins to a much-needed 4-2 win over the Humboldt Broncos, as the two teams split the opening pair in Estevan before heading to Humboldt.
Eddie Gallagher and Jake Heerspink also scored for the Bruins while Turner Ripplinger set up a pair and Grant Boldt made 27/29 saves.
Owen Guenter opened the scoring for the Broncos late in the first period and Mitch Zambon tied things up at 2-2 early in the third. Humboldt’s Rayce Ramsay made 36/39 saves.
Games 3/4 go Monday/Tuesday in Humboldt.
The Melfort Mustangs took care of business on home ice, winning 5-2 at home on Saturday to grab a 2-0 edge in their series with Kindersley.
Carson Albrecht scored twice for a second straight game, giving him four on the series. Justin Ball, George King and Braeden Young added singles and Noah Giebrecht made 29/31 saves. Giesbrecht made 55/58 saves in the two games (1.50 GAA / .955%).
Noah Bankowski and Kyle Bosch replied for the Klippers and Justen Close made 34/38 saves.
The two teams are right back at it with Games 3 and 4 Monday and Tuesday in Kindersley.