The Melville Millionaires were down 3-1 late in the second period, but scored two before the period was out to tie, and added two at the end of the regulation for a 5-3 win over the Notre Dame Hounds in Fort Qu'Appelle.
Michael Desjarlais scored the two biggest goals of the game. First, he answered the Hounds' 3-1 goal just 26 seconds later when he ripped a wrist shot upstairs off the rush, and then he added the game winner with 1:39 remaining.
Bob Pond had a goal and two assists, Connor Bradshaw opened the scoring and had one helper, while Michael Sagen set up a pair. Ian McNulty kept his point streak alive at 7 games, scoring an empty netter with 10 seconds left, his 33rd goal and 77th point of the season.
Dawson MacAuley needed just 14 saves for his first SJHL shutout, as the Yorkton Terriers blanked the Melfort Mustangs 3-0.
Tayler Thompson, Kyle McLeod and Brent Struble all scored for the Terriers, who now have the rest of the weekend off.
It looked like everyone in the Sherwood race would win on Friday, but Battleford erased a late 6-4 deficit, tied it with four second left, and beat Estevan 7-6 in a shootout, limiting the Bruins to one point.
Estevan's still within four points of Melville for 3rd place, and they own the tie breaker.
Other SJHL notes from Friday:
- Humboldt lost in regulation for the first time since November 18th in Yorkton, as they fell 3-2 to Weyburn.
- Jesse Ross (Weyburn) and Blake Tatchell (Battlefords) both hit the 40 goal plateau on Saturday. Tatchell's stars have 8 games left, while Ross's Wings play 7 more. They're the only two SJHL'ers with a hope at hitting 50.
In the MJHL, the Swan Valley Stampeders got back to .500, and Alcide Grenier recorded his first win, in a 6-2 win over Steinbach.
After a scoreless first period, Justin Valentino scored two goals 51 seconds apart early in period two, and the Stamps built a 4-0 lead through two.
Jagger Thomas, Brendan Mitchell and Peter Horecka all had a goal and an assist for the Stamps. Kyle Smart added a goal, and defensemen Riley Hebert and Landon Peel both two helpers.
Smart has 13g-12a-25p in 25 games since coming to Swan from Dauphin.
Grenier made 21/23 saves in the victory.
We almost had all four local teams win for a second straight Friday, but the Dauphin Kings spoiled that, scoring four straight goals to beat the Wayway Wolverines 4-3.
The Wolverines led 2-0 before the Kings' outburst, and added a late one.
Ashley Howie, Connor Pennell and Shane Goodrunning scored for Wayway.
The Wolverines slip back to 7 points behind Swan Valley for a playoff position, but have four meetings with Swan coming up this month, the first of which is Tuesday in Wayway.