All four of our local junior teams hit the ice on Friday, and all came away with two big points.
The Melville Millionaires had a slow start, but their powerplay carried them to a 6-3 win over the Melfort Mustangs.
The Mils scored on back to back powerplays in the second period, after falling behind 1-0 and 2-1.
Ian McNulty had a goal and three assists, Jesse Mireau scored twice in his final game in Melfort, where he spent the bulk of his SJHL career, and Russell Trudeau added three helpers, as that line combined for 9 points.
Connor Bradshaw added a goal and an assist, while TJ Reeve scored in his third straight game.
Blake Voth made 30/33 saves, as the Mils out-shot Melfort 48-33.
After a scoreless first period, the Yorkton Terriers found their offensive touch, in a 6-1 win over the visiting Kindersley Klippers.
Warren Shymko was 6:50 shy of his 2nd shutout this season, and it was spoiled by Yorkton Harvest defenseman Kody Thue, in his first SJHL game.
Jeremy Johnson took over the Terrier lead in scoring, netting a pair on Friday, giving him 18 on the season, one more than Ryon Sookro.
Zak Majkowski and Jamie Vlanich each had a goal and an assist, Curtis Oliver and Brady Norrish added goals, and Brent Struble had a pair of assists.
- The Estevan Bruins also picked up two huge points on Friday, tying their game with Estevan late, before winning early in overtime.
So, Yorkton's in 2nd with 56 points, Melville 3rd with 53, Estevan 4th with 51. Yorkton/Estevan are even in games played (9 remaining), while Melville has 3 in hand on both.
Melville's home to Kindersley tonight (SAT), Yorkton welcomes the Klippers again on Sunday, while Estevan entertains Battleford Sunday as well.
The Swan Valley Stampeders are back to .500.
A post-Christmas surge continued on Friday, with a 6-3 win over Steinbach, their 6th straight win, and 9th in 10 games since the break.
Rookie Justin Valentino busted out for 2g-2a, while Dylan Favell had 1g-2a. Dylan Reimer, Kyle Smart and Beau Taylor scored the other Stampeder goals.
Landon Peel added two assists.
The Stamps visit the Winnipeg Blues tonight (SAT), and finish off their swing tomorrow afternoon in Winkler.
With the Stamps' win, the Wayway Wolverines had to keep pace to avoid a bigger hole, and they did, with a 7-6 OT win over Neepawa, keeping them within 6 points of the Stamps.
Richard Little led all scorers with 5 points (2g-3a), Zaine Walker scored twice, Steven Duda and Stephane Robidoux each had a goal and an assist, while Ashley Howie potted the overtime winner, his 20th of the season midway into the extra frame.
Wayway's off until Tuesday/Wednesday when they head to OCN for a pair. We'll have the Tuesday game on the air.