By Craig Stein
MILLIONAIRES DOWN DIVISION LEADERS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT TIME
In three games Wednesday night, three road teams were able to pick up wins against teams higher in the standings…
Brandon Wells stopped all 34 shots he faced for his first shutout this season, and Teal Sobkowicz scored a hat trick as the Melville Millionaires won in Estevan for the second time in less than a week, 3-0 on Wednesday night.
The Millionaires (9-9-1-0) are now back to .500 and trying to get back in the mix in the Viterra, and beating the Division leads twice in six days can’t hurt those chances.
Sobkowicz was playing in just his seventh game of the season, and the hat trick gives him four goals on the season. He scored at even strength in the first period, on the powerplay in the second, and short-handed in the third.
The Bruins (15-6-0-1) have now dropped three in a row, but did out-shoot the Millionaires 34-19 in the loss.
The La Ronge Ice Wolves ended a six game winning streak with a 3-2 decision in Kindersley.
Derek Patter opened the scoring with a short-handed marker in the first period. Bryce Fiske notched a powerplay goal in the second frame, before Brendan Nemes provided the eventual game-winner in the final frame. Luke Lush made 28/30 saves in goal for the Ice Wolves (3-15-0-3).
Branden Wagner scored a pair of third period powerplay goals for the Klippers (9-11-1-0), and Nick Trenciansky made 31/34 savess
The Yorkton Terriers also put a six game winless streak aside on Wednesday, going into Weyburn and coming away with a 3-1 win over the Wings.
Shots favoured the Wings 40-29, but Matt Vernon was the difference making 39/40 saves.
Jared Legien scored twice for Yorkton (6-10-3-0), and since being reassigned by the Kootenay Ice, has 11 points (6g-5a) in 11 games. Tyler Baier had the other Terrier goal.
Aiden Wagner scored and Nathan Hargrave made 26/28 saves for the Red Wings (12-9-0-1).