By Craig Stein
Wednesday night’s SJHL schedule saw three games, including the Kindersley Klippers back in action after a full week off. With some teams hitting double digits in games played already, the Klippers played just their sixth game of the year Wednesday, and got back to .500 (3-3-0-0) with a 4-3 shootout over the Melfort Mustangs.
Jordan Evans scored a powerplay goal for the Klippers with less than five minutes left to force overtime. Tomba Huddlestan and Branden Wagner also scored in regulation and Josh Bly had the only goal in the shootout. Justen Close made 22/25 saves, and stopped all three shooters he faced in the shootout.
Miles Warkentine was in on all three Melfort markers, scoring once and added two assists. Wyatt Hinson (1g-1a) and Carson Albrecht also found the net for the Mustangs (3-6-0-1), who remain winless in seven, but managed a point for the shootout loss.
The Klippers will soon make up for their light start to the schedule, as Wednesday’s game kicked off a stretch of 12 games in 25 nights.
An all Viterra Division battle saw the Weyburn Red Wings double up the Estevan Bruins 6-3 on the road.
A pair of veteran Wings who were off to slow starts offensively were able to bust out on Wednesday. Jeremy Lagler scored his first goal of the year and added three assists for a four point effort, and Ian Parker notched his first two goals of the season, plus an assist. Carson Rose (1g-1a), Donovan Lumb and Cole Woodliffe also hit the net. Shaun Fleming got the start, making 31/34 saves.
Kaelan added his (tied for league-leading) 9th goal of the season for the Bruins, while Tyler Hengen and Jayden Davis had the others. The Wings and Bruins now sit tied for the Viterra Division lead.
Chaz Smedsrud was held off the scoresheet in his first seven SJHL games, but the Notre Dame Hounds’ rookie had a break out night Wednesday, in their 6-1 win over visiting La Ronge.
Ben Duperreault (1g-1a), Jacob Arsenault (1g-1a), Egan Wolford (1g-1a) and Colby Brandt (1g-a) did the rest of the Hounds’ damage offensively, while 20-year-old Alberta product Jordan Greenfield-Flemon made 19/20 saves in his Notre Dame debut.
The Hounds (5-4-0-0) have won back to back games and are right in the middle of a tough Finning Division where all four teams are .500 or better early on.
The Ice Wolves (1-8-0-0) dropped their seventh straight game and got their lone goal from Zachary Gladu late in the second period. The Wolves, like the rest of the league, get Thursday off, before finishing a four games in five nights road swing in the southeast corner, in Estevan and Weyburn Friday & Saturday.