By Craig Stein
Michael McChesney tied things up with 1:10 left in regulation and also provided the winner in the shootout as the Estevan Bruins came from behind to defeat the Kindersley Klippers 3-2 (SO) on the road.
After a scoreless first period, Hayden Guilderson opened the scoring for the Bruins (26-16-3-2) early in the second. Matt Lukacs finished the night making 26/28 saves.
The Klippers (18-18-3-3) dropped three games in the last five nights (0-2-0-1) but they came against each of the league’s three division leaders.
Curtis Peck and Brody Ryberg had the Klippers goals just 1:27 apart in the second period. Justen Close turned away 35 of the 37 shots sent his way.
The Melfort Mustangs became the third team in the SJHL to reach the 30-win plateau on Wednesday night, beating the visiting Melville Millionaires 3-1.
Tyler Millar opened the scoring for Melville just 9:23 into the game, but that was all the offense they would muster.
Colin Schmidt tied things up four minutes later and Loch Morrison (1g-1a) scored the eventual winner in the second period, his 17th of the season to lead all SJHL defensemen in that department.
Rock Ruschkowski scored an empty netter with just under three minutes remaining, while Hunter Arps stopped all but one of the 26 shots he faced in goal for the Mustangs (30-9-4-1).
Melfort is back to within 10 points of Nipawin for the Sherwood Division lead heading into their weekend home and home. If they’re able to snap the Hawks’ 26 game point streak, they could have a chance to close that gap to as few as six points.
Colby Entz stopped 26/28 shots for the Millionaires (15-27-0-2), who remain in 10th spot, seven points back of Flin Flon.
The league takes Thursday night off, while everybody’s back in action on Friday with 6 games on the schedule.
Estevan @ Battlefords
Melville @ Kindersley
Flin Flon @ La Ronge
Humboldt @ Notre Dame
Yorkton @ Weyburn
Nipawin @ Melfort