By Craig Stein
The Humboldt Broncos trailed for most of Friday night’s game in Battlefords, until Drew Warkentine took the game over and the Broncos won 3-2 in overtime.
Warkentine got the Broncos on the board with 7:33 left in the game. 3:29 later he tied it, and then won it, finishing off his hat trick, 1:41 into overtime. Warkentine now has 14-goals, no assists, in 14 games in Humboldt. Rayce Ramsay made 38/40 saves and Owen Guenter had a pair of assists for the Broncos (22-14-2-1).
Matthias Urbanski and Owen Lamb (1g-1a) had the North Stars (20-9-4-4) out to a 2-0 lead. Joel Gryzbowski made 36/39 saves. Friday’s result leaves the Stars one point up on the Broncos for second place in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division.
A back and forth game in Kindersley saw the La Ronge Ice Wolves outlast the Klippers 6-5 in overtime.
Zach Bannister scored his 19th of the season 46 seconds into the extra frame, and finished with a goal and two assists, which puts him in a tie for 7th in league scoring with 45-points (19g-26a). Jordan Mish also had a goal and two assists, while Stephon Perrault (1g-1a), Dylan Thackeray, Stewart Pond and Holden Knights also chipped in with goals for La Ronge (9-28-1-0).
Kyle Bosch had a hat trick for the Klippers (23-9-3-2). Ty Enns (1g-1a) and Brett Neumeier added the others. Kindersley still holds a three point lead over Battlefords for the division lead, four up on Humboldt.
There was one more 6-5 overtime game on Friday, and it kept the Weyburn Red Wings a lot closer to a playoff spot as they battled from behind for a massive OT decision.
William Cruise scored his second goal of the season with just 13 seconds left in overtime, keeping the Red Wings (12-21-3-0) within four points of Melville for a playoff spot, with a game in hand. In the dying minutes the Wings were staring at a regulation loss, which would have left them six points back.
Former Millionaire Eric Soar had a goal and two assists, and forced overtime with 3:46 remaining. Drew Anderson also had a goal and two helpers, while Sean Olson scored twice and Garrett Szeremley added one. Ben Laidlaw came on in relief and made 35/37 saves to win his Weyburn debut after being acquired from Yorkton.
Luke Spadafora and Aidan Steinke each had a goal and an assist for the Millionaires (13-19-3-2). Jacob Bourchier, Jaden Shewchuk and John Elliott rounded it out. Josh Borynec had three assists, running his point streak to seven games (5g-8a-13p).
Jordan Simoneau scored three times and Austen Flaman added two more to power the Nipawin Hawks past the Melfort Mustangs 5-2 in the first game back from the holiday break for both clubs.
The teams are getting reacquainted after playing another home and home before the break, and they’ll finish off another on Saturday.
Declan Hobbs made 33 saves on 35 shots as the Hawks (26-10-1-1) moved four points up on Melfort for the Sherwood Division lead.
Jake Hobson and Zach Anderson scored first period goals for the Mustangs (24-10-2-0). They have two games in hand on the Hawks.
Justin Ball was held off the scoresheet for the first time since September 16th, the second game of the season, bringing an end to a staggering 33 game point streak where he racked up 36-goals and 62-points.
Yorkton defenseman, and captain Brendan Mark scored a pair of goals, and the Terriers defeated the visiting Flin Flon Bombers 5-3.
Cody Bruchkowski and Kishaun Gervais each added a goal and an assist, while Branden Klatt rounded out the scoring with his 19th of the season. Riley Lamb picked up the victory in his debut with the Terriers making 32/35 saves. Yorkton’s (21-14-1-0) lead over Estevan is back to six points at the top of the Viterra Division.
Nate Hooper scored a pair for the Bombers (20-13-0-2). Caleb Moretz added a goal and an assist, and Pierce Diamond was busy in goal, making 41/46 saves. The Bombers are off to Melville on Saturday.