By Craig Stein
IDLE NORTH STARS CLINCH FINNING DIVISION
The Notre Dame Hounds’ top offensive players racked up the points as they went into Estevan and beat the Bruins 8-2 in one of three games on Wednesday night.
Ben Duperreault scored twice and added two assists, giving him 31-goals and a league-best 66-points on the season. Adam Dawe had five assists on the night, and now leads the league with 40 helpers. Chaz Smedsrud kept his hot streak going with a goal and three assists, while defenseman Nick Rein scored twice and added one assist. Jacob Arsenault (1g-1a), Colby Brandt and James Piller rounded out the scoring as the Hounds went 3/11 on the powerplay, and Benjamin Patt made 19/21 saves.
The Hounds (18-20-5-1) moved six points up on Melville for the final playoff spot.
Johnny Witzke and Lynnden Pastachak scored for the Bruins, who fall to 28-15-0-1 on the season.
Without hitting the ice on Wednesday, the Battlefords North Stars clinched the Finning Division for the second year in a row, thanks to the Kindersley Klippers defeating the Humboldt Broncos 4-3.
It’s the sixth win in a row for the Klippers (22-23-1-0), who move into 7th place, and with the Broncos (25-20-0-1) still 24 points back of the North Stars with 12 games left, and the Stars winning the season series, they’ve wrapped up that division and will hold a top three position in the league playoffs.
Cole Plotnikoff scored twice for the Klippers on Wednesday, while Brody Ryberg and Carson Pickett added the others, and Nick Trenciansky made 29/32 saves.
Trevor Posch had two goals and an assist for the Broncos. Chris Van Os Shaw added his 33rd of the season with just five seconds remaining.
The Flin Flon Bombers kicked off a four games in five nights road trip with a 5-1 victory in Melfort.
The Bombers (31-10-2-3) have now gone 11 games (10-0-1) without a regulation loss, and move six points up on Nipawin for the lead in the Sherwood.
Zac Robidoux turned away 25/26 shots to pick up the win. Jordan McCausland (1g-1a), Nick Shumlanski (1g-1a), Teal Sobkowicz (1g-1a), Cory Thomas and Tyler Nyman did the scoring.
Tyler Heidt picked up the lone goal for the Mustangs (19-21-2-4). Melfort has lost four in a row and remain tied with Yorkton for 8th place overall.
The Bombers continue their four game trip Thursday in Melville.