By Mike Stackhouse
The Yorkton Terries snapped the 10 game winning streak of the Melfort Mustangs on Friday night, winning 5-2 at the Northern Lights Palace.
Rookie Goalie Ryan Ouellette made 30-saves to backstop the Terriers, who weren’t as successful shutting down Justin Ball, who picked up a goal and has points now in 26-straight games.
The line of Chantz Petruic, Cody Bruchkowski, and Colby Brandt combined for eight points with Bruchkowski scoring twice and Petruic once. Branden Klatt and Kurri Woodford also scored for Yorkton. Braeden Young had the other Melfort goal.
With the win, Yorkton moves two points ahead of Estevan for first in Viterra Division. They also have six games in hand and are the only team in the division with a better than .500 record. Melfort is tied for first in the Sherwood Division with Nipawin.
The Hawks took advantage of the Melfort loss with a smothering 2-1 win at Melville in Kyle Adams’ first game as interim head coach of the Millionaires. Declan Hobbs was asked to make just 15 saves and the Hawks outshot Melville 12-3 in the third period preserve the win.
Austen Flaman and Carson Erhardt provided the offense while John Elliott was the only player to beat Hobbs. Colby Entz made 23-saves in a losing effort and the Millionaires fall two points back of Weyburn for the final playoff spot with the defeat.
The Red Wings scrounged out a 1-0 victory at La Ronge on Friday as Carson Scheschuk broke a scoreless deadlock with 14 seconds to play in regulation. It was the thirteenth straight loss suffered by the Ice Wolves.
Riley Lamb made 34-saves for his third shutout of the season, outdueling Dawson Davidson, who made 30-stops at the other end.
Newcomer Tyler Higgins had the game’s only goal in Flin Flon’s 1-0 victory over Estevan. The Bruins have now dropped eight of their last ten.
Higgins, a 20-year-old Quebec product, had been playing in the QMJHL with the Saint John Sea Dogs. At 6’4″ and 240 Ibs, he should be a force in the second half of the year.
Pierce Diamond came through with 24-saves for the win and his second shutout of the year. Grant Boldt made 30-stops at the opposite end.
Macgregor Sinclair scored a goal and set up two others to lead the Battlefords North Stars past the Notre Dame Hounds 5-1.
Cody Spagrud, Braydon Buziak, Ryan Gil, and Austin Becker rounded out the scoring for the North Stars. Jakob Breault had the lone goal for the Hounds.
The Stars are now four points behind Humboldt in the Globa Ag Risk Solutions Division and have picked up seven of a possible eight points in their last four games. The Hounds have dropped their last three.