By Craig Stein
Dane Dow stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced and the Humboldt Broncos defeated the Estevan Bruins 3-2 on Sunday afternoon for their fourth straight victory.
Derek Patter and Brayden Camrud had the league-leading Broncos (16-6-2-0) out to a 2-0 lead, and Cole Kirkup’s first as a Bronco early in the third period stood up as the winner.
The Bruins (12-12-0-0) dropped back to .500, but still lead the Viterra Division (while playing four more games that 2nd place Yorkton). Kolton Leslie and Bryce Platt scored for Estevan, who went 1-2-0-0 on their weekend trip to Battlefords, Kindersley, Humboldt, with all three being one-goal games. Grant Boldt made 27/30 saves.
On Saturday, the Flin Flon Bombers finished a home and home sweep of the La Ronge Ice Wolves, and made it five straight overall with a 9-2 win on the road.
Defenseman Calvon Boots, among the league-leaders in assists, had just one goal on the season coming into Saturday, but racked up a hat trick in La Ronge to lead the charge.
Captain Nate Hooper scored twice, Caleb Franklin added a goal and three assists, and Donovan Houle-Villeneuve had a goal and two helpers. Isaac Jackson (1g-1a) and Brandson Hein (23rd goal) rounded out the scoring for the Bombers (14-5-0-2) and Jacob Delorme made 28/30 saves.
Zach Bannister (1g-1a) and Dylan Thackeray replied for the Ice Wolves (6-17-0-0), who have now dropped six in a row.
The Melfort Mustangs also swept their rivals over the weekend, with a second straight 2-1 win over the Nipawin Hawks, this time at home on Saturday.
Hunter Arps picked up the win on Saturday, making 25 saves on 26 shots, while Carson Albrecht scored both goals for the Mustangs (13-6-1-0), his 14th and 15th of the year.
Jordan Simoneau scored, and Declan Hobbs made 31 of 33 saves for the Hawks (14-7-0-1).
The weekend sweep now has Melfort just two points shy of Nipawin for 2nd in the Sherwood Division, with two games in hand. Flin Flon leads the division by a point over the Hawks.
Weyburn also beat Notre Dame twice over the weekend, but Saturday’s 3-2 decision came in overtime, so the Hounds did pick up a single point.
The Red Wings (8-11-2-0) trailed for much of the game, but Cade Kowalski scored twice, tying the game both times, and Carson Scheschuk (1g-1a) notched the winner 49 seconds into overtime on the powerplay. Riley Lamb made 41/43 saves in the win.
Marshall Wilton gave Notre Dame the lead less than two minutes into the game, and Sho Takai added a second period marker. Riley Kohonick made 39/42 saves.
The Kindersley Klippers got back in the win column with a 3-2 win over the Estevan Bruins.
Justen Close earned the win making 26 saves on 28 shots, and the Klippers (13-6-2-1) did all of their scoring in the first period. Austin Nault, Damon McKenzie and Ian Hillis staked them to a 3-0 lead through 20.
Estevan quickly cut into that lead with second period goals from Jake Heerspink and Jerzy Martin but that was it for the scoring on both sides.
Jake Anthony made 38/41 saves for the Bruins, who went on to finish their trip with another 3-2 loss in Humboldt on Saturday, after opening with a 2-1 (SO) win Friday in Battlefords.
Braydon Buziak had three goals and two assists in the Battlefords North Stars’ 7-4 win over the visiting Melville Millionaires.
Owen Lamb scored twice and added an assist, while defensemen Cody Spagrud and Matthew Fletcher had three assists each. Ryan Gil and Quinton Loon-Stewardson rounded out the scoring for the Stars (12-6-1-3).
The Millionaires (6-14-2-2) did keep things close, as it was 5-4 until the Stars added a pair of empty-netters late in the third.
Tristan Shewchuk scored twice in the third period to make it a one-goal game. Josh Borynec (1g-1a) and Max McPeak also found the net for Melville.