By Craig Stein
Joel Gryzbowski made 27 saves for his second shutout this season, and the 10th of his SJHL career as the Battlefords North Stars blanked the Nipawin Hawks 2-0 on Tuesday, ending the Hawks’ winning streak at seven games.
10 career shutouts gets Gryzbowski into the top five all-time, now four back of his long-time teammate Taryn Kotchorek, who graduated last season with 14. Gryzbowski still has a year and a half of junior eligibility remaining.
Ryan Gil opened the scoring for the Stars (18-9-2-4) just 1:14 into the game. That was it until MacGregor Sinclair added a late empty-netter.
Declan Hobbs made 21/22 saves for the Hawks (22-9-0-1).
The Yorkton Terriers defeated the Melfort Mustangs for the second time in less than two weeks, 5-4 in overtime Tuesday in Yorkton.
Chantz Petruic’s (2g-1a) second goal of the game was the winner, 1:55 into the extra frame. Kishaun Gervais, Branden Klatt and Kurri Woodford also scored for the Terriers (18-11-1-0). Ryan Ouelette made 36/40 saves and also assisted on the overtime winner.
The Mustangs (21-8-2-0) led 3-1 after the first period, on gaols from Carson Albrecht, Justin Ball (1g-1a) and Colin Schmidt. Braeden Young added one more late in the second period, making it 4-3 Melfort at the time, but Woodford force OT with a third period tying marker.