By Craig Stein
Brandon Sookro scored twice, leading the Notre Dame Hounds to a 7-2 road win in Melfort on Wednesday night.
The Hounds used a balanced attack, and potted four goals in the second period alone. Chance Longjohn had a goal and two assists, while James Piller scored his first of the year, and Kobe Kindrachuk, Chaz Smedsrud, and Conor MacLean rounded out the scoring. Jordan Greenfield-Flemon made 34/36 saves as the Hounds (13-8-3-1) were out-shot 36-25.
Kalem Zary and Dakota Boutin responded for the Mustangs (9-12-1-3).
Notre Dame now has points in four straight (2-0-2-0), and they’ll stay on the road Friday and Saturday in Battlefords and Kindersley.
The La Ronge Ice Wolved doubled up the Kindersley Klippers 4-2 on home ice.
Ice Wolves’ (5-18-0-3) leading scorer Tristen Elder also led them on this night with a goal and an assist. Derek Frater, Bryce Fiske and Tanner Brewster (first SJHL goal) also hit the net for La Ronge, while goaltender Luke Lush made 34/36 saves.
Branden Wagner scored his 16th of the season for the Klippers (10-16-1-0) and added an assist, and Josh Bly also scored in the first period, both coming on the powerplay.
After giving up the game’s first goal, Carter Phair and the Weyburn Red Wings shut the door the rest of the way, in a 3-1 victory in Melville.
Phair’s been outstanding since coming back to Weyburn from the Western Hockey League, but that was his first win in four starts, despite surrendering just nine goals in those four games. He made 29/30 saves in Melville.
Jacob Woznery scored a pair of late third period goals for the Wings (13-11-0-2), a powerplay marker which stood up as the winner, and an empty-netter, giving him 15 on the year. Ian Parker (1g-1a) tied the game up in the second period.
Dryden Wust opened the scoring for the Millionaires (11-12-1-0) and Brandon Wells kicked away 30/32 shots.
A late Humboldt comeback fell short as the Battelfords North Stars held off the Broncos to win 5-3.
The Stars had a 13 game winning streak snapped in their last action and came up with a divisional win over the 2nd place (Finning Division) Broncos.
Cody Spagrud (1g-1a), Coby Downs (1g-1a) and Ben Allen had the North Stars (22-6-0-0) up 3-0 early in the third period, but the two clubs went on to score three goals each in the final frame as it got interesting.
Erik Gardiner got the Broncos on the board just over three minutes into the third, and Chris Van Os-Shaw scored twice late, to cut the Stars’ lead to 4-3. For Van Os-Shaw it was his 18th and 19th goals of the year, to lead the league. Despite a powerplay which followed Van Os-Shaw’s second goal, the Stars would scored short-handed to ice it. Logan Nachtegaele and McGregor Sinclair had the other third period goals for Battlefords.
The loss drops the Broncos’ record to 15-10-0-1.