By Craig Stein
Chrystopher Collin’s 13th goal of the year early in the third period would stand up as the winner as the Flin Flon Bombers held off the Sherwood Division-leading Melfort Mustangs 2-1 at the Whitney Forum on Wednesday night.
Daylan Marchi opened the scoring in the first period and Niklas Anderson made 33/34 saves for the Bombers (7-8-0-3), who picked up their second straight win.
Drew Warkentine got the Mustangs (11-4-2-1) on the board in the third, and Evan Plotnik made 28/30 saves.
The three other games all went to overtime or more on Wednesday, including the Estevan Bruins (11-5-1-0) out-scoring the visiting Notre Dame Hounds 6-5 in a shootout.
Jake Fletcher (2g-1a) and Kaelan Holt (1g-2a) led the way with three points each. Zach Goberis and Arthur Miller each added a goal and an assist and Maxim Sidelnik made 29/34 saves.
Jared Hamm notched a goal and three assists for the Hounds (9-5-1-2) while Chaz Smedsrud scored twice and Alec Zawatsky added the other.
The Melville Millionaires watched a 2-0 third period lead slip away, but bounced back in overtime when Ethan Kopyczyn scored 2:03 into the extra frame.
Tyler Millar and Tucker Champman got the Millionaires (5-10-0-2) the 2-0 lead with first and second period goals, and Connor Dochuk got his first SJHL win in his second start, making 19/21 saves.
The Red Wings (11-3-2-0) made it interesting when Mike Eskra and Jordan Kazymyra scored goals just over two minutes apart in the third period.
MacGregor Sinclair scored a third period goal and provided the winner in the shootout as the Battlefords North Stars (11-1-1-0) got past the Humboldt Broncos 3-2 (SO) on the road.
Layne Young opened the scoring for the Stars while Conner Lukan and Logan Schatz replied for the Broncos (10-6-1-1).
In goal, Kody Matthews made 39/41 saves to pick up the win, with Jacob Wassermann also solid at the other end, stopping 32/34.