Once again, there were five games on the SJHL slate Saturday night, with Estevan and Melville being the only squads having the night off. The Notre Dame Hounds and Humboldt Broncos were the final two teams to open their season.
Kindersley 6 vs. Battlefords 2
The Kindersley Klippers continued to cruise as they knocked off the Battlefords North Stars 6-2.
With goaltender Luke Lee Knight out with what the team has called an upper-body injury, Casey Parker got the start in net for Battlefords. After allowing four goals on nine shots to open the game, Parker was pulled in favour of 1995-born Darren Martin.
Kindersley stormed out to a 4-1 first-period lead and that would be all they needed on offense.
Just the same as Friday night, Battlefords turned the heat on as the game progressed, taking control of the game midway through the second period.
Klippers goaltender Tyrell King turned in another stellar performance, turning aside 37 of 39 shots. Martin responded with 13 save performance as he faced 15 shots.
Kindersley’s Cody Thiel put up a two-goal effort Saturday as he once again remained under the skin of the North Stars. Defenceman Shaw Watkins also chipped in with two helpers, while Colby Daniels produced another two-point effort with a goal and an assist.
Blake Young would net two points on behalf of the North Stars with one goal and one assist and Luke McColgan scored Battlefords’ lone first-period marker.
Klippers head coach/GM Rockie Zinger and captain Giovanni Bombini both noted after the game the team needs to learn how to play a full 60-minute hockey game, something they didn’t do this weekend against Battlefords.
Next up for Kindersley: Sept. 28 vs. Melville (1-1-0)
Next up for Battlefords: Sept. 24 at Melville (1-1-0)
The Flin Flon Bombers drew even to open the season, defeating Melfort 2-0 after a suffering a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Mustangs Friday night.
Blair Cameron and Dillon McCambie both turned in one-goal, one-assist efforts for the Bombers and Devin Buffalo was perfect, turning aside 39 shots to earn the shutout.
Austin Rediron made 28 saves in a losing effort for the Mustangs.
Both teams went 0/3 on the powerplay.
Flin Flin: 1-1-0
Next up for Melfort: Sept. 24 at Estevan (1-0-1)
Next up for Flin Flon: Sept. 28 vs. Nipawin (0-2-0)
The Humboldt Broncos opened their 2013-14 SJHL season with a 4-1 win over the Notre Dame Hounds Saturday night.
Cody Pettapiece had a one-goal, one-assist effort from the blueline, including setting up the eventual game-winner scored by Cody Pongracz. Ryan Aubertin also chipped in with a one-goal, one-assist effort for the Broncos.
Dylan McIntosh would net the lone goal for Notre Dame.
Humboldt’s Tyler Ross made 28 saves for the Broncos while Brett Soles also turned aside 28 shots in net for Notre Dame.
Next up for Notre Dame: Sept. 22 vs. Humboldt
Next up for Humboldt: Sept. 22 at Notre Dame
Sebastien Beauregard had a four-point night including a hat-trick to vault La Ronge to a 6-4 win over Nipawin.
Tyler Fuhr got the start in net for La Ronge, before giving way to Dasan Sydora to start the third period.
Kris Spriggs had a two-goal performance for the Hawks and Jordan Liem made 31 saves in a losing cause.
La Ronge: 2-0-0
Next up for La Ronge: Sept. 25 vs. Humboldt (1-0-0)
Next up for Nipawin: Sept. 27 vs. Weyburn (1-1-0)
The Yorkton Terriers avenged an opening-night shutout loss by peppering Weyburn Red Wings goaltender Rylan Parenteau with 40 shots en route to a 4-2 victory Saturday night.
Tyler Giebel netted two goals to lead the offense for Yorkton and Jordan Ross scored the game-winner on the power play half way through the third period.
Kale Thompson turned aside 22 pucks for the Terriers while Parenteau followed up his 22-save shutout with a 36-save performance.
Next up for Weyburn: Sept. 27 at Nipawin (0-2-0)
Next up for Yorkton: Sept. 25 vs. Battlefords (0-2-0)