Things were looking rosy for the Melville Millionaires to collect their fourth straight win when Ian McNulty scored his 2nd of the night, 21 seconds into the second period, giving his club a 3-0 lead over the Flin Flon Bombers.
But, after the Bombers tacked on two powerplay goals later in the second, and two more as part of a three goal third, McNulty's hat trick goal was needed just to get the game to overtime, where the Millionaires fell 6-5 (OT). Flin Flon went 4/7 with the man advantage, as Melville's 10th ranked PK falls to 77.5% for the season.
While the tying goal to get a single point was big, the Mils surely feel that they gave a point, and a chance to tie Yorkton for 2nd, away. As it stands, they're now one back of the Terriers, and 5 up on Estevan, with 2 games in hand on both teams. On a positive, that's 6 straight games the Mils have picked up at least one point in (4-0-2-0).
Melville's in Humboldt tonight (WED), on GX94.
On a sidenote, McNulty finished with 3 goals (32), and 4 points, which vaulted him past Andrew Johnston (HUM) and Blake Tatchell (WEY) and into sole possession of 2nd in the SJHL, 4 points back of Weyburn's Jesse Ross. He was 7th in league scoring when I was on the road with them last week. He now has 13 points in his last 3 games to quickly change that. Jesse Mireau also had four points (1g-3a), and Russell Trudeau added three assists, as that line combined for 11 points, one shy of the 12 they had last time out against Kindersley.
McNulty is now the reigning SJHL Player of the Week, and the Month, for January.
The Wayway Wolverines took a 2-0 lead on early second period goals from Russell Turner and Jean-Michel Naud, but it was even at 2-2 after two periods in OCN.
Ashley Howie gave the Wolverines the lead back on a third period powerplay, his team-leading 21st goal of the season, but the Blizzard would answer once again, and go on to win 4-3 in a shootout.
Wayway's single point leaves them 6 points behind Swan Valley for a playoffs spot, with a game in hand. They'll meet the Blizzard again on Wednesday night.