By Craig Stein
NEWEST BOMBER LEADS TEAM TO OT WIN
The Flin Flon Bombers knew they were adding some scoring punch when they acquired 20-year-old Dondre Watson from the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints during the off-season, but even the most lofty expectations have likely been surpassed early on.
Watson scored a hat trick, including the winner in overtime, as the Bombers edged the Yorkton Terriers 6-5 (OT) at the Showcase in Warman Tuesday afternoon, giving him now 8 goals through his first 6 SJHL games.
Kristian St. Onge (1g-1a), Brandon Lesko and Nick Shumlanski also scored for the Bombers.
Cole Keenleyside (1g-1a), Tyler Baier (1g-1a), Caleb Bell, Corwin Stevely and Colby Haugen replied for the Terriers.
The Estevan Bruins continued their strong start to the season, improving to 4-1-0-1 with a 5-2 win over Melfort Tuesday morning.
Nic Tallarico picked up his first SJHL win, making 34/36 saves in goal for the Bruins. Jason Miller, Matt McNeil, Jake Fletcher, Mark Edmands and Josh Rieger did the scoring.
Jaxon Joseph scored both goals for Mustangs, his 4th and 5th of the season,.
Tyler Podgorenko and Conor MacLean had three points each as the Notre Dame Hounds skated to a 4-2 win over the La Ronge Ice Wolves.
Podgorenko had a goal and two assists while MacLean chipped in three helpers. Adam Dawe followed up a 2g-1a performance over the weekend, with another goal on Tuesday, giving the 17-year-old 7 points (4g-3a) on the young season. Jacob Cardiff and Chance Longjohn also scored and Riley Higdon stopped 25/27 shots.
Trevor Bush set up both goals for the Ice Wolves, scored by Tristen Elder and Zachary Gladu.
Against his old team, Nathan Hargrave turned in quite likely the best performance of his SJHL career, stopping all 40 shots he faced for the shutout, leading his new club, the Weyburn Red Wings over the Kindersley Klippers in the nightcap.
Hargrave spent two seasons in Kindersley prior to being acquired by the Wings over the summer. Tuesday night was his second career regular season shutout. His first came during his rookie season in Kindersley two seasons ago.
Gunnar Nielsen made 23/24 saves at the other end of the rink for the Klippers.
Weyburn’s Cole Woodliffe scored the game’s only goal, midway through the first period.
The Showcase in Warman concludes Wednesday with a pair of games:
Notre Dame vs Nipawin 11:00
Kindersley vs La Ronge 1:30