By Craig Stein
KLIPPERS, TERRIERS TAKE BACK DIVISION LEAD; 3 WAY TIE FOR 4TH
The Melfort Mustangs stormed out to a 4-0 lead in Yorkton, and took a 4-1 lead into the locker room after twenty minutes, but the Terriers won the rest of regulation 4-1, took a 5-5 game to overtime, and completed the miraculous comeback with a 6-5 (OT) win.
The win was monumental for the Terriers (23-19-1-0) as they break the tie with Estevan for top spot in the Viterra Division, moving two points up, still with one game in hand.
Branden Klatt (2g-1a) scored his second goal of the night with 17 seconds left in overtime. Cole Keenleyside also scored twice, both coming in the third period to tie things up. Jared Legien scored his 35th goal, and added his 30th assist, and his 65 points now have him second in league scoring. Defenseman Cody Dubas also scored and Ryan Ouellette came off the bench and made 18/20 saves in the come from behind win.
Justin Ball opened the scoring for the Mustangs (26-13-4-0) with his 43rd goal of the season. Kenzie Arnold had two goals and an assist, while Zach Anderson (1g-1a) and Boedy Donald also found the net.
Melfort’s single point draws them into a three-way tie for 4th place overall with Battlefords and Flin Flon.
Justen Close and Joel Gryzbowski both came into action Tuesday with 10 career SJHL shutouts, but on this night, it was Close’s turn to steal the show, making 36 saves for his 11th career shutout and third this season, and the Kindersley Klippers took back top spot in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division from Battlefords with a 6-0 decision on the road.
Shots were 36-26 in favour of the Stars (24-11-4-4).
Kyle Bosch opened the scoring going straight ahead on a faceoff, one second into a powerplay in the first period. Cameron Shorrock and Noah Bankowski added second period markers, before Ty Enns (1g-1a), Austin Nault and Will Van Der Sloot added three more in the third. The Klippers (26-11-3-2) are one point up on the Stars in the division, five points back of Nipawin for the league lead with two games in hand.
The Notre Dame Hounds now have points in nine straight games (6-0-2-1) after a convincing 6-2 win over the visiting Weyburn Red Wings.
The Hounds (19-16-4-4) leapfrog Estevan into 8th place in the overall standings, which would be a home ice position in the Wild Card series, against the Bruins if the season ended today.
Jakob Breault had a hat trick to lead the charge, including the first two goals of the game. Cole Stevenson (1g-1a), Austin Weiler and Joseph Santalucia rounded out the scoring and former Estevan Bruin Matt Lukacs made 27/29 saves in his first start in Notre Dame.
The Red Wings (14-25-3-0) have dropped three straight in regulation and remain a point back of Melville for the 10th and final playoff spot, and now have one game in hand. Ben Hiltz and Jordan Kazymyra did their scoring on Tuesday. Ty Brown added a pair of assists.