The Nipawin Hawks went into Battlefords and took a 3-0 lead on the league-leading Stars just 8:28 into the game, but the Stars scored the next five, and a wild back-and-forth third period saw them pick up a crazy 6-5 win over Nipawin on Tuesday night.
Rylan Nivon finished off his first SJHL hat trick with 5.5 seconds left in the third period, just over a minute after Nipawin tied the game at five. Along with Nivon’s three goals, Quinton Loon-Stewardson added two goals and an assist, Matthias Urbanski scored one and Matthew Fletcher had three helpers.
The Stars have now won 11 straight, improving to 18-1-0-0 on the season.
Carson Erhardt (1g-1a), Brodie Girod and Michael Makarenko staked the 3-0 for the Hawks (10-7-0-0), scoring goals 2:59 apart early in the first period. After the Stars rattled off five in a row, Jake Tremblay cut it to 5-4 with 5:19 remaining and Max Johnson tied it with 1:16 to play, before Nivon broke the tie.
Battlefords welcomes Yorkton on Saturday, the only team they’ve lost to in 19 games this season.
The Humboldt Broncos kicked off a mid-week Weyburn/Estevan road trip with a 3-2 victory in Weyburn on Tuesday.
Reid Arnold and Nicksha Eric scored first period goals for the Broncos (10-5-1-1) and it remained 2-2 through forty minutes, before Kade Olsen scored the winner midway through the third. Brendan Forman made 18/20 saves in the win.
Joseph Young was the busier of two goalies, making 39/42 saves at the other end. Tyson McLean and Graham Skinner did the scoring for the Red Wings (7-9-0-1).
Sho Takai scored his first SJHL hat trick, leading the Notre Dame Hounds to a 6-3 win over the visiting Melville Millionaires. The teams traded goals for much of the night before Notre Dame racked up four third period goals.
Jared Hamm also had a three point night with two goals and an assist, with Jarrett Penner adding a goal and a helper. Logan Dyck made 18/21 saves for his first win with the Hounds (5-9-2-0).
Booker Chacalias (1g-1a), Blake Campbell and James Philpott replied for the Millionaires (4-9-2-2).
The Flin Flon Bombers opened the scoring five minutes in, but the Melfort Mustangs took things over from there, with a 4-1 road victory at the Whitney Forum.
Deklan Whillans scored his first SJHL goal and Ryley Lanthier put Melfort added. Greg Parker and Christian Albertson added some third period insurance and Tanner Martin made 17/18 saves for the Mustangs (12-4-2-1).
Brandon Cianflone started off the scoring for the Bombers (12-4-2-0), who were out-shot by the Mustangs 41-18. Melfort’s win leapfrogs them a point ahead of Flin Flon for the Sherwood Division lead, good for 2nd overall in the league.