By Craig Stein
The Melville Millionaires helped their chances of a late season playoff push Wednesday, doubling up the Kindersley Klippers 4-2.
Brett Friesen picked up his first win as a Millionaire, making 32/34 saves as Melville (18-29-2-0) moved to within eight points of Melfort for the last playoff spot. The Millionaires also have two games in hand and a league-high nine games remaining.
Dayton Heino (1g-1a), Logan Karakochuk (1g-1a), Taylor Elmy and Mitchell Torrens all scored in the win.
Brandon Wagner opened the scoring with his 25th of the season for the Klippers (23-27-2-0) and Cole Plotnikoff tied the game at two early in the third period. Justen Close made 27/30 saves.
The Klippers now take Thursday off before repeating what they’ve already done on this road trip. They’re in Yorkton Friday and back in Melville again Saturday.
Garrett Mason made 27 saves for his second shutout this season and the Humboldt Broncos picked up a 2-0 win over La Ronge.
Connor Swystun’s goal 2:05 into the game would stand up as the winner and Cole Young provided some insurance in the second period.
The Broncos (27-22-0-1) remain fifth and are very unlikely to finish any higher, but they got some breathing room, now 3 points clear of 6th place Yorkton.
Luke Lush made 35/37 saves in goal for the Ice Wolves (6-40-1-4).