By Craig Stein
BOTH CLUBS VICTORIOUS IN MUST-WIN GAMES AT HOME
With all four top seeds in the Quarter-Finals holding 3-0 series leads, there was a real chance that each team could sweep their way into the SJHL Semi-Finals.
While the Battlefords North Stars took care of business, eliminating the Weyburn Red Wings in four straight on Tuesday night, the Yorkton Terriers and Notre Dame Hounds both made sure that wouldn’t happen to them 24 hours later.
The Terriers never trailed in Game 4 at home against Estevan. Jared Legien put Yorkton ahead 4:43 into the game, but Jason Miller tied it up just 25 second later and it was even after the first period. Carson Welke restored the lead for the Terriers in the second period, and Levi Barnstable answered that early in the third. It didn’t stay 2-2 for long, as Yorkton’s Jordan Ross provided the game winner at 8:53 of the final frame.
Nathan Hargrave shut the door the rest of the way, finishing with 27 saves on 29 shots. Nathan Alalouf (24/27) took the loss, his first of the post season for the Bruins.
The Terriers head back to Estevan for Game 5 on Friday.
The Notre Dame Hounds put a touchdown on the board in desperation mode Wednesday, staving off elimination with a 7-4 win over the Flin Flon Bombers.
Chance Longjohn (2g-1a) and Ben Duperreault (1g-2a) each had three point nights for the Hounds. Chaz Smedsrud (1g-1a), Kaleb Dahlgren (1g-1a), Brandon Sookro and Marshall Wilton also found the net. Adam Dawe picked up three assists.
Nick Shumlanski opened the scoring for the Bombers just 1:48 into the game before the Hounds rattled off four before the period was out. Jason Lavallee (1g-1a), Nate Hooper and Jordan McCausland also scored.
The Hounds will follow the Bomber bus back to Flin Flon for Game 5 Friday night.
The Humboldt Broncos look to follow suit on Thursday, as they host the Nipawin Hawks, with Nipawin up three games to none.