By Craig Stein
(Humboldt/Estevan photo courtesy: Marla Possberg)
The Hawks won yet again on Tuesday night and there were a pair of shutouts, but arguably the biggest game of the night as far as the standings go was in Weyburn, where the 7th place Red Wings hosted the 6th place Notre Dame Hounds.
Marshall Wilton scored a hat trick, all in the third period, and the Hounds (25-16-1-3) rolled to a 6-2 win over the Red Wings (23-17-4-0). Notre Dame is now four points up on Weyburn for the final top-six position. The Wings have a game in hand, and 12 remaining on the season.
Chaz Smedsrud added a pair of goals for the Hounds on Tuesday while Connor Mylymok had the other, and Jack Ryan made 22/24 saves.
Cole Woodliffe (1g-1a) and Ben Hiltz scored for Weyburn. The Wings have a home and home with Yorkton on the weekend.
18-year-old Parker Tobin (pictured) stopped all 24 shots he faced for his first shutout in the SJHL, and the Humboldt Broncos edged the visiting Estevan Bruins 2-0.
Conner Lukan opened the scoring with a late first period powerplay goal, and Jacob Leicht finished the scoring early in the second.
The Broncos put 38 shots on goal at the other end, as Bo Didur was solid making 36 saves in goal for the Bruins (25-16-3-1). Estevan remains four points up on Weyburn for the Viterra Division pennant. The Broncos (26-15-3-2) stayed three points up on Notre Dame for fifth place.
While Tobin registered his first career shutout in Humboldt, Battlefords goaltender Taryn Kotchorek, a three year starter, put up his 12th career SJHL shutout Tuesday, making 19 saves as the Stars blanked the Kindersley Klippers 5-0. It was Kotchorek’s third shutout this season, after posting five last season and four as a rookie.
Cole Johnson continued his torrid pace with another goal and an assist, giving him 11-goals in 9-games since coming over at the deadline. Garan Magnes (1g-1a), Conor Jensen, Keith Anderson and Brad Girard also scored for the Stars (33-8-2-0). Layne Young had two assists, and now has 82 points on the season in just 43 games. That total would have won the scoring race a year ago (Greyson Reitmeier, FF and Ben Duperreault, ND tied with 79). 18 points over Young’s final 15 games would get him to the century mark, a total that hasn’t been seen since 2010-2011 when La Ronge forwards Travis Eggum and Marc-Andre Carre each finished with 106.
The Klippers drop their second straight and are back to .500 (18-18-3-2).
The Yorkton Terriers gave the Nipawin Hawks a run for their money, but the Hawks, for the 7th time in a row, won, 4-2.
It’s the 26th consecutive game the Hawks picked up at least one point in the standings, having gone 24-0-1-1 in their last 26 dating back to November 12th. During that time they’ve collected 50 of a possible 52 points on the table.
Defenseman Josh McDougall scored twice and added two assists, giving him 58 points (15g-43a) in 43 games to lead all SJHL defensemen in scoring. Daven Smith also scored twice, including an empty-netter, while Brett Harasymuk added two assists and Declan Hobbs made 33/35 saves.
Chantz Petruic (1g-1a) and Brendan Mark scored and Joe Marcouiller made 31/34 saves for the Terriers (9-30-2-2).
The Hawks (35-5-2-3) will put that streak to the test against their rivals and Sherwood Division foes from Melfort with a home and home this weekend, starting Friday in Melfort. The back end on Saturday will be the first of a four game home stand for Nipawin.