By Craig Stein
Broncos, Millionaires Both Grab Comeback Wins
For the Notre Dame Hounds to have a chance of moving up in the standings, Tuesday night’s game in Humboldt was one they had to have, and the Hounds watch a 2-0 third period lead slip away, and the Broncos came from behind to win 3-2 in regulation.
The comeback by the Broncos (30-16-3-2) puts them nine points up on Notre Dame for 5th place overall, and now six points shy of Melfort for 4th. They’re now winners of their last four.
Jaxon Joseph and Stephen Wack tied the game, scoring goals 2:04 apart, and former Hound Kaleb Dahlgren (1g-1a) potted the winner with 2:04 left on the clock. Nick Shumlanski added two assists and Parker Tobin made 21/23 saves.
Riley Perka and Marshall Wilton scored goals just 46 seconds apart for the Hounds (26-20-1-3) in the second period and that was it for their scoring. Jack Ryan stopped 26/29 shots.
Seventh place wouldn’t be the worst position to end up, as that club will face a Viterra Division champion (Estevan or Weyburn) that will likely finish with 10 or more points fewer than the fourth place finisher (Melfort or Humboldt), but the Hounds, who’ve now dropped four in a row, but they still remain two points ahead of seventh place Weyburn.
The Kindersley Klippers also saw a 2-0 lead slip away on the road, but still managed a key point in the standings as they fell 3-2 in overtime to the Melville Millionaires.
Cameron Shorrock and Curtis Peck each scored in the first period to give Kindersley the early jump. Shane Sherban got the Millionaires on the board in the second and Damian Bentz tied things up early in the third. Clayton Eisler scored his 16th of the season 55 seconds into overtime.
Shots were 40-15 in favour of the Millionaires (18-29-0-2), who surrendered no more than six shots in any period. Brandon Wells made 13 saves for Melville with Justen Close turning away 37/40 for Kindersley.
The Klippers (22-18-4-3) will be kicking themselves over losing the two goal lead, with them having a real shot to climb into the top six after a torrid stretch. The single point gets them to within three points of 7th place Weyburn with two games in hand, and five behind Notre Dame for 6th, with three in hand.
Kindersley is in Yorkton on Wednesday, and they’ll face the Terriers and Millionaires twice each on a four games in five nights road swing.
The other game Wednesday will see a Viterra Division pennant battle as Weyburn visits Estevan. The Bruins hold a five point edge, with each team having nine games left. They have four more meetings including Wednesday night (Feb 14, Feb 21, Feb 23, Mar 2).