Blake Voth was the story, making 45 saves, many of them spectacular, as the Melville Millionaires beat the visiting Yorkton Terriers 4-1 on Friday.
The Mils were out-shot 18-12 in the first period, but led 1-0 after 20 minutes, on a Tyson Newell powerplay goal.
Newell added his second of the night into an empty net with a minute to play to seal it. Michael Sagen and John Stechyshyn also scored, as three of Melville's four goals came from defensemen. Newell leap-frogs Brody Luhning for most points by a defenseman in the SJHL, now with 32 (8g-24a) in 35 games.
Jeremy Johnson spoiled Voth's shutout bid with 4:15 remaining, on Yorkton's 40th shot of the night.
1484 fans packed into Horizon Credit Union Centre, the biggest crowd that rink has seen to date.
The Mils winning, and Estevan losing 6-1 in Weyburn, makes the middle of the Sherwood Conference even more of a cluster. The Bruins remain in 2nd with 41 points, while Yorkton stays 3rd with 40, and Melville creeps closer, with 39.
The Terriers welcome the Millionares on New Years Day, Sunday at 2:00.