By Craig Stein
The La Ronge Ice Wolves have two wins in their last three games, after a 4-3 overtime win over the Notre Dame Hounds on Sunday.
Curtis Peck scored the winner, 3:13 into the extra frame. In regulation, Brayden Dunn (1gZach Nedelec and Tristen Elder did the scoring for the Ice Wolves (4-16-0-3), and Luke Lush made 47/49 saves. That starts off a five game home stand for La Ronge, as they appear to be gaining some traction.
Ben Duperreault, for a fourth straight game, had a goal and an assist, lifting his league-best point total to 37. Adam Dawe and Nick Rein also scored, and Riley Hidgon stopped 29/32 shots for the Hounds (11-8-2-1).
The Yorkton Terriers won their third straight game, getting 40/42 saves from Matt Vernon in a 3-2 win over the Estevan Bruins.
Dexter Robinson opened the scoring with his second goal of the season, while a pair of defenseman would follow with their first goals of the season. Evan Werle notched his first as a Terrier on a second period powerplay, while Cody Dubas’ first SJHL goal with 6:35 to play stood up as the winner.
The win improved the Terriers’ mark to 8-10-3-0 on the year.
Jason Miller and Zach Goberis replied for the Bruins (16-7-0-1), who’ve now dropped four of their last five. Nic Tallarico made 34/37 saves in the loss.
Monday night is a blank slate on the SJHL schedule, while there are a pair of games Tuesday, including the Battlefords North Stars going for a 12th straight win as they host Nipawin. The other matchup features Melville home to Melfort.
The Battlefords North Stars’ winning streak is now up to eleven (11), after they finished a home and home sweep over Kindersley, with matching 5-2 scores.
Ben Allen scored twice and Coby Downs added three assists for the Stars Saturday night in Kindersley. Layne Young scored his 15th of the season and added two assists, with Troy Gerein and Connor Logan chipping in goals. Taryn Kotchorek turned away 23 of 25 shots as the North Stars ran their record to 19-5-0-0.
Branden Wagner also netted his 15th goal of the season for the Klippers (9-13-1-0), and Jordan Funk also found the net.
Nathan Hargrave wasted no time making an impression with his new teammates and coaches, stopping 29/30 shots in his Yorkton Terriers’ debut, a 4-1 home win over the Nipawin Hawks.
Jared Legein scored twice, with Carson Welke and Shane Sherban notching the others for the Terriers (7-10-3-0).
Josh McDougall responded for the Hawks (11-5-2-0) while Declan Hobbs made 32/36 saves.
Along with Nipawin’s loss, the Flin Flon Bombers were able to move back into a first place tie in the Sherwood, as they outlasted the Notre Dame Hounds 6-4.
Rylee Zimmer (2g-1a) and Rylan Tkachuk each had two goals. For Tkachuk, the 6’6″, 250 lb defenseman, it was his first two SJHL goals. Connor Beebe and Jason Lavallee added singles for the Bombers (10-7-2-2).
Ben Duperreault stayed Mr. Consistent, with another goal and an assist for the Hounds (11-8-1-1). Duperreault now has a five point cushion at the top of the SJHL scoring race, with 35 points (15g-20a). Chance Longjohn had two goals Saturday, and defenseman Tyler Podgorenko added his 10th, by far the most of any blueliner.
The Melville Millionaires got behind 2-0 to Weyburn after 20 minutes of play, but would score four unanswered to win their third straight game 4-2, and are now above .500 for the first time this season (10-9-1-0).
Keegan Milligan scored two late third period goals to cap off a three point night (2g-1a). Mathieu Jallabert and Clayton Eisler also hit the net, and Brandon Wells stopped 31 of 33 shots. Wells hasn’t allowed more than three goals in a start since September 21st.
Carter Phair made 32/35 saves in goal for the Red Wings (12-11-0-1), with Cole Woodliffe and Jacob Wozney doing the scoring.
Michael McChesney scored his 9th and 10th goals of the season, and added an assist for a three point night, helping the Estevan Bruins break a three game losing streak with a 6-2 win over Humboldt.
Kyle Dosanjh also scored twice for the Bruins (16-6-0-1), his first two SJHL goals. The four from McChesney and Dosanjh all came in the first period while Hayden Guilderson (1g-1a) and Josh Rieger added third period goals to put it away.
Michael Korol and Daniel McKitrick did the scoring for the Broncos (15-7-0-1).
The Humboldt Broncos were in Weyburn for a Friday matinee on Remembrance Day, and the Broncos (15-6-0-1) opened their two game road trip with a 2-1 victory.
Carter Seminuk made 37/38 saves to get the win, while Chris Van Os-Shaw opened the scoring against his former team with his 16th goal of the season, and Erik Gardner added the eventual winner with his 10th.
Weyburn’s Jacob Wozney scored, and Carter Phair made 32/34 saves in his first game back with the Wings (12-10-0-1) since being returned from Kamloops (WHL). Phair’s return was certainly part of what led to the trade of 20-year-old goalie Nathan Hargrave to Yorkton.
Friday night, the Battlefords North Stars made it a perfect 10, running their winning streak to 10 games with a 5-2 win over visiting Kindersley.
Layne Young had a pair of third period goals for the league-leading Stars (18-5-0-0), Reed Delainey added a goal and an assist, while Brett Horn and Conor Jensen rounded out the scoring. Joel Gryzbowski made 18/20 saves on the night.
The Stars put 60 shots on goal the other way, with Kindersley’s Nick Trenciansky making 55/59 saves (prior to Young’s empty-netter on their 60th shot). Jordan Evans and Andrew McCaan did the scoring for the Klippers (9-12-1-0).
The La Ronge Ice Wolves took a 3-0 lead in Melfort in the first period, and were 40 minutes away from their first back to back victory of the season, but the Mustangs stormed back to double up the Ice Wolves 6-3.
The Mustangs (7-11-1-2) added three goals of their own in the second period to answer right back, and three more in the third. Dakota Boutin did half the damage on his own, scoring a hat trick, giving him nine goals on the season. Kalem Zary and Miles Warkentine each had a goal and two assists, and Wyatt Hinson scored the last goal of the night late in the third. Evan Plotnik played the final forty minutes in goal, and stopped all 16 shots he faced.
Bryce Fiske, Tanner Reynolds and Jarred Hicks had the first period goals for the Ice Wolves (3-16-0-3).
Tyler Podgorenko and Brandon Sookro each had three point nights (1g-2a) to lead the Notre Dame Hounds past the Nipawin Hawks 5-2 on the road. Jacob Cardiff chipped in with three assists.
Adam Dawe, Ben Duperreault and Kaleb Dahlgren all had a goal and an assist and Jordan Greenfield-Flemon kicked out 29/31 shots for the Hounds (11-7-1-1).
Keegan Kjargaard (1g-1a) and Keillan Olson responded for the Hawks (11-4-2-0), who saw a five game win streak come to an end.