By Craig Stein
Bruins In Driver’s Seat For Viterra Crown With Win Over Weyburn
The Estevan Bruins are now seven points clear of the Weyburn Red Wings for top spot in the SJHL’s Viterra Division, after their 4-2 win over the Wings on Wednesday night.
As a side note, the win also clinches the season series for the Bruins, who have now won all five head to head meetings.
Michael McChesney and Zach Goberis are both closing in on the 30-goal plateau, and they led the way for the Bruins (28-17-3-2) on Wednesday, as McChesney put up two goals and an assist, giving him 27 goals on the year. Goberis scored his 28th of the season and added a pair of assists. Jayden Davis also scored and Matt Lukacs made 27/29 saves.
Mike Eskra and Landon Walters did the scoring for the Red Wings, and Liam McCloskey stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced. The Wings (25-21-4-0) have now dropped four in a row. They do face the Bruins three more times still, and would likely need to take all of them to have a shot at tracking them down for the Viterra lead. Their next matchup is a week from Wednesday, in Estevan again.
For a second straight night, the Kindersley Klippers saw a two goal lead slip away, this time all in the third period as the Yorkton Terriers scored three straight in the final frame to come back and beat the Klippers 4-3 in regulation.
With Weyburn losing, the Klippers (22-19-4-3) missed a glorious chance to move even closer to 7th and even 6th place. They stay three points back of Weyburn and five behind Notre Dame with two games in hand on each.
The Terriers trailed with under four minutes left but Quinten Hobbs scored his second of the night with 3:45 on the clock. The Klippers then took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and Cole Keenleyside potted the winner on the powerplay 50 seconds after Hobbs had tied it. Josh Dobberthien got the comeback early in the third with his first SJHL goal. Chantz Petruic racked up three assists and leads the Terriers with 17-goals and 43-points in 40-games. Joe Marcouiller made 33/36 saves in the win.
Yorkton (11-34-2-2) has now won back to back games, and sit 12 points back of Melville for a playoff spot with nine games remaining. The Terriers host the Klippers again on Friday night.