A 30 save shutout by Cory Simons and a 4-0 win by the Wayway Wolverines Tuesday night leaves them just 2 points back of the Swan Valley Stampeders, who they're trying to track down for a playoff spot.
It was scoreless after the first period, as Simons' counterpart, Stampeders' goalie Jayson Argue, stopped all 17 shots he faced in the opening frame.
Steven Duda opened the scoring in the second period on a funny bounce that Argue appeared to glove down, but bounced off him and in. Curtis Veitch had another solid effort, and banged home a rebound to make it 2-0 just over three minutes later.
The third period saw the Wolverines tack on two more. Brett Lafond picked off a pass in the high slot and out-waited Argue before roofing a backhand, and Richard Little finished off the scoring after Shane Goodrunning stole a puck, went in on a partial breakaway (he had 3 on the night), spun around and found a wide open Little on the doorstep.
Shots were 43-30 for Wayway, and the goaltenders were the best players on the ice. Swan was 0/5 on the powerplay, while Wayway went 0/3.
Simons took time for a quick chat following his 4th shutout of the season
The Stampeders and Wolverines still meet twice more this week, Saturday in Swan River and Monday in Wayway. Both games will also be on the air.
Swan welcomes Dauphin tonight (WED) and heads to Neepawa Friday, while Wayway hosts Neepawa Thursday before Saturday's rematch in Swan.
The season series is also still up for grabs, now 4 wins to 3 in favour of Swan, still with 2 meetings to come. In the event of a tie in the standings, the team with the most Head to Head wins will get in.
The Melville Millionaires had a 4-3 lead after two periods against the La Ronge Ice Wolves, but gave up two in the third, including a late short-handed marker by the Ice Wolves, as the Mils fell 5-4 in regulation, and now need a lot to go right in the next few days if they're going to catch Yorkton for 2nd spot.
The loss leaves Melville 3 points back of the Terriers, while each team has 2 games left. That means one Yorkton win or one Mils' regulation loss in those last two games will clinch the Terriers home ice against the Millionaires in Round 1 of the playoffs.
Yorkton hosts La Ronge tonight (WED) and goes to Notre Dame on Saturday. Melville's home to Humboldt Friday, before hosting Notre Dame on Tuesday.
Ian McNulty scored twice on Tuesday, giving him 37 goals and 84 points on the season. Russell Trudeau added three assists while Jesse Mireau had 1g-1a as that line combined for 7 points.
Alex Elliot also scored for the Millionaires, while Alex Wakaluk made 37/42 saves.