The Flin Flon Bombers wrapped up the Sher-Wood Division pennant, and the second overall playoff seed on Wednesday, with an 8-0 win over the visiting Weyburn Red Wings.
Rookie Tristan Lemyre led the way with a hat trick, giving him 29-goals and 60-points through just 41-games. Hayden Clayton added a pair, while Cole Vardy (1g-1a), Dane Hirst (1g-1a) and Reid Robertson added the others. Cal Schell needed 25 saves for his first SJHL shutout. He’s 5-0 since coming to Flin Flon.
The Bombers (35-13-5-0) are 11 points up on La Ronge and 12 ahead of Melfort. Melfort has six games left and could still tie them mathematically but they would lose the tie-breaker for having fewer regulation plus overtime wins. Flin Flon’s win also means Yorkton can no longer overtake them for second place, as the Battlefords wrapping up top spot, the Bombers are assured to finish second and take on the seventh place finisher in the league Quarter-Finals.
The Red Wings (19-32-1-2) have now dropped four in a row, and continue on to La Ronge on Friday.
The Humboldt Broncos are officially playoff bound, as they also had an 8-0 win on Wednesday, in Melville.
The win leaves the Broncos (25-21-7-2) 10 points up on Kindersley, wrapping up a post-season berth.
For a second straight game, Humboldt had a four-goal scorer, as Doug Scott potted four on Monday, and Logan Kurki scored four straight Bronco goals in Wednesday’s win. Justin Jamer added a pair of goals, while Spencer McHardy and Kade Olsen notched the others. Karter McNarland and Doug Scott each had three assists, and Michael Harroch made 22 saves for his first SJHL shutout.
The Millionaires (15-31-2-4) have lost their last five games.
The Estevan Bruins are within a point of clinching the final playoff spot after they went into La Ronge and beat the Ice Wolves 6-5 in a shootout.
Tyler Savage scored twice in the win and defenseman Tylor Ludwar scored in the seventh round of the shootout. Ryder Pierson and Mason Strutt each added a goal and an assist, while Jayden Davis rounded out the scoring. Randy Cooke made 39/44 saves, and stopped 6/7 in the shootout.
The Bruins (27-22-3-1) remain a point back of Humboldt, but they’re now nine up on Kindersley and the Klippers have five games left.
Jordan Mish had three assists for the Ice Wolves (29-19-3-3) while Ty Budai scored twice. Spencer Kennedy (1g-1a), Stewart Pond (1g-1a) and Daylon Mannon also scored and Xavier Cannon turned away 28/33 shots.
The single point moves the Ice Wolves a point up on Melfort and into sole possession of fourth place. The Mustangs have two games in hand.