By Craig Stein
BALL SCORES 50, MUSTANGS & TERRIERS PICK UP BIG POINTS
Justin Ball became the first SJHL player since Travis Eggum in 2010-2011 to score 50 goals in a season, and just the third since the turn of the century, turning the trick in Melville on Wednesday as the Melfort Mustangs beat the Millionaires 6-4 on the road.
Ball finished with a goal and an assist, while his linemate Carson Albrecht scored twice and added a helper. Kayle Tosh and Colin Schmidt each had 1g-1a and George King opened the scoring early on. Shawn Parkinson made 31/35 saves as the Mustangs (33-15-4-0) moved into sole possession of fifth place overall, one point back of Humboldt with two games in hand, and now four points shy of Nipawin for the Sherwood Division lead. The Hawks and Mustangs are even in games played, both with six left, and a home-and-home March 1st and 2nd.
Luke Nkwama, Josh Borynec, Sam De Melo and Luke Spadafora replied for the Millionaires (15-29-5-3) who are now winless in seven (0-5-1-1) but still two points up on Weyburn for the final playoff spot. Melville and Weyburn both have six games left including two head to head.
Mason Mullaney and Chantz Petruic each had three goals and an assist, to lead the Yorkton Terriers past the visiting La Ronge Ice Wolves 9-3.
Quinten Hobbs added a pair while Brendan Mark (1g-1a) rounded out the scoring. Cole Keenleyside had three assists and Andrew Henderson picked up the win making 34/37 saves. The Terriers (28-24-1-0) are back in an 8th place tie with Notre Dame, but are still in the Viterra Division pennant picture, now six points back of Estevan with two games in hand. With just one day off, the Terriers have an always-tough trip to Flin Flon and Nipawin this Friday and Saturday.
Zach Bannister was in on all three La Ronge goals, scoring once and setting up the other two. Jake Gudjonson added a goal and an assist while Stewart Pond potted the first goal for the Ice Wolves (10-42-1-1). La Ronge has Thursday off and they’re in Melville Friday, Notre Dame Saturday.