By Craig Stein
TERRIERS HAVE HAWKS ON BRINK, BOMBERS STAY ALIVE
The Yorkton Terriers have the defending champions, and number one seed on the ropes, as they won their third straight game, 5-2 over the Nipawin Hawks on Wednesday to take a 3-1 lead in their Best-of-Seven SJHL Quarter-Final series.
Colby Brandt had two goals and two assists, and now has 10 points (5g-5a) in seven playoff games. Chantz Petruic added a goal and an assist, while Mason Mullaney had his fourth goal in as many games in this series and Quinten Hobbs rounded out the scoring with his first of the playoffs, which rounded out a three goal Terrier stretch in just over four minutes in the first period.
Ryan Ouellette won his third straight start making 32/34 saves.
Declan Hobbs was lifted in favour of Patrick Pugliese who made 29/30 saves in relief for the Hawks. Walker Cote and Josh Lester did the scoring for Nipawin, who now returns home Friday in a must-win Game 5.
For a third straight game, the Battlefords North Stars and Flin Flon Bombers went to overtime, and for the first time, the Bombers got the upper hand, as Brandson Hein scored just 17 seconds into the extra frame to save the Bombers’ season in a 2-1 (OT) over the Stars. Battlefords still leads the series 3-1.
Hein finished with a goal and an assist, as he also set up Caleb Moretz’s tying goal early in the third period. Gabriel Waked made 25/26 saves in the win.
Garrett Johnson opened the scoring for the Stars, with his first goal this season, regular season or playoffs. The Stars were out-shot 49-26 as Joel Gryzbowski made 47/49 saves, and still has a .969 save percentage in the series.