After a scoreless first period where the Millionaires looked rather sluggish, they exploded out of the gates in period two, scoring three times in the first four minutes, and adding a fourth just over 8 minutes in, building a 4-0 lead, en route to a 7-1 win over the Red Wings in Weyburn, Game 1 of the SJHL Sherwood Conference Final.
Connor Bradshaw scored twice and added two assists, giving him 3-goals and 9-points in 6 playoff games. Lucas Froese added 1g-2a, while Sean Aschim, Ian McNulty, Lee Christensen and Alex Elliott also scored.
Blake Voth didn't have to be great, but he was. He kept it 0-0 after 20 minutes when the Mils were out-shot 10-4 in the opening frame, and made two spectacular glove saves in the second period, one off a Carter Struthers wrist shot, and another on what looked like an open-net backhand for Jordon Hoffman. Keegan Bruce scored Weyburn's goal, on a short-handed breakaway in the final minute of period two.
The Millionaires went 4/8 on the powerpaly, while the Wings went 0/6.
Game 2 goes tonight in Melville at the Horizon Credit Union Centre. Join us for the Pre Game Show at 7:15 on GX94, www.gx94radio.com .
Just a note, in 2009, the Mils stole Game 1 in Weyburn, and then returned home to lose 5-0 in Game 2. Lost of series left!
Former Terrier Robbie Ciolfi still has a scoring touch in the playoffs, I guess you could say. Ciolfi scored four times in a 9-4 Humboldt Broncos win over Battlefords in Game 1 of the Bauer Conference Final.
Ciolfi has 9 goals in 5 games this post season, and now 23 in 20 career SJHL playoff games, after leading the SJHL with 14 in 15 games as a Terrier last season.