By Craig Stein
MUSTANGS JUMP TO 4TH, THREE TEAMS TIED BEHIND THEM
There’s a three-way tie for 5th place in the SJHL overall standings, and the Melfort Mustangs jumped past all of them into sole possession of 4th, with a 5-3 win over the visiting Battlefords North Stars on Wednesday night.
Carson Albrecht and Tanner Zentner each had a goal and two assists for the Mustangs (29-15-4-0), with Justin Ball adding his 47th goal of the season in his 48th game, and one assist, upping his league-leading point total to 84. Colton Schell got Melfort on the board with his first SJHL goal in the first period, and George King added one in the opening frame as well. Noah Giesbrecht made 27/30 saves in the win.
Melfort’s now one point up on Battlefords, Flin Flon and Humboldt.
Owen Lamb (1g-1a), Braydon Buziak (1g-1a) and Kaden Boser did the scoring for the North Stars (26-13-5-4). The Stars and Humboldt are both two points back of Kindersley for the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division lead. The Stars missed a chance to pull even with the Klippers, and Kindersley now has two games in hand on the Stars, and Broncos.
Melfort’s only action this weekend sees them home to Flin Flon on Saturday. Battlefords welcomes Yorkton on Friday before heading to Nipawin Sunday.
After two wins on a tough three game northern road trip, the Notre Dame Hounds returned home and jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on the Humboldt Broncos on Wednesday.
But the Broncos, fresh off a 10-day break, would find their legs and rattled off the next five goals in a 5-2 decision, their third straight win, all of which coming against Notre Dame.
Zach McIntyre, Brayden Camrud and Josh Patrician all had a goal and an assist while Cole Kirkup and Derek Patter also found the net for the Broncos (29-16-2-1) who move into that 5th place tie with Battlefords and Flin Flon with their fifth win in a row. Rayce Ramsay made 30/32 saves in the win.
The Hounds (21-19-5-4) are still tied for 8th with Yorkton, and now 10 points back of those three teams tied for 5th, making it more and more likely Notre Dame will be a Wild Card team, and more specifically in that 8 vs 9 matchup against either Yorkton or Estevan.
Marshall Wilton continued his hot streak, opening the scoring 1:21 into the game. He has 5-goals and 10-points during a five game point streak. Jarrett Penner also struck for Notre Dame.
The Hounds are off until next Tuesday when they host Estevan. Humboldt welcomes Weyburn for a pair on Friday and Saturday. The Red Wings take the long way to Humboldt, stopping for a Thursday nighter in Kindersley to kick off a three-in-three, and currently three points out of a playoff spot.