By Craig Stein
KLIPPERS WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT
It was a battle of two of the SJHL’s hottest teams at The Cage in Nipawin on Sunday night.
The Hawks, winners of seven in a row, were hosting the league-leading Battlefords North Stars, who came to town riding a string of 11 games without a regulation loss (10-0-1).
Nipawin goaltender Kristian Stead would steal the show, and the win, making 41 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, in a 2-0 victory, the eighth in a row for the Hawks (28-12-2-1).
Stead now leads the league in shutouts, and has posted back to back shutouts, and allowed one goal in his last three appearances. Going back even further, the 20-year-old has surrendered one goal or less in each of his last five starts, going 5-0, 0.60 GAA, 154/157 saves, .981%, 2 SO during that stretch.
The line of Josh Bly (1g-1a), Eric Bolden (1g-1a) and Brandan Arnold (2a) were all in on each goal for the Hawks, who move back to within six points of Flin Flon for first place in the Sherwood Division.
Taryn Kotchorek made 25/27 saves in goal for the North Stars (37-8-1-0), who lost in regulation for the first time since December 14th.
The Kindersley Klippers are all of a sudden in the mix for a top six spot, after winning their fifth game in a row, 4-1 over Melville.
It was the Klippers’ second win over Melville this weekend, as they now have seven points of cushion between themselves and the Millionaires.
The Klippers (21-23-1-0) now sit one point back of Yorkton and Melfort for 7th place, two behind Weyburn for 6th thanks to the recent hot streak.
Nick Trenciansky made 25/26 saves in the win Sunday, while Cody Hodgson (1g-1a), Brandon Wagner, Jake Gerbner and Clive Rozdeba did the scoring.
Dayton Heino replied for Melville. The Millionaires (17-25-2-0) have dropped four in a row and sit four points out of a playoff spot.