By Craig Stein
STARS END KLIPPERS’ STREAK; DUPERREAULT TAKES OVER GOAL LEAD
The Battlefords North Stars and Kindersley Klippers met (almost) halfway in Unity for a neutral site game on Wednesday night, and the league-leading North Stars ended the Klippers’ winning streak at seven games, with a 6-1 decision, their win third in a row and 40th of the season.
The North Stars (40-8-1-0) scored four times in the first period, and Connor Logan had two of them, his 20th and 21st of the year. Owen Lamb (1g-1a), Ryan Rosenberg, Ben Allen and Keaton Holinaty all added a goal each and Joel Gryzbowski made 31/32 saves.
Nikolas Malenica potted the only goal for the Klippers (23-24-1-0). Kindersley’s in the log jam in the middle of the standings, now in 9th place after the loss, but one point back of 7th and two out of 6th.
The SJHL’s top two goal scorers went head to head in Wilcox where Ben Duperreault and the Notre Dame Hounds welcomed Chris Van Os-Shaw and the Humboldt Broncos.
Duperreault broke the tie he had with Van Os-Shaw for the league lead in goals, notching his 35th of the season, leading the Hounds to a tight 3-2 win.
The Hounds (21-21-5-1) moved from 9th to 7th, and just one point out of a top six spot with the victory, coupled with Kindersley’s loss. Conor MacLean (1g-1a) and James Miller also scored. Benjamin Patt won his third straight start and second in as many nights, stopping 31/33 shots. Patt made 56 saves on 59 shots (.949%) the last two nights at home.
Garrett Mason made 29/32 saves for the Broncos (26-22-0-1) while Tristen Elder and Stephen Wack scored Humboldt’s goals.