Melfort 3 vs. Estevan 2 (SO)
Bruins RW Tanner Froese maintained his perch atop the SJHL scoring throne, chipping in one assist for the Bruins in 3-2 loss to the Melfort Mustangs. Froese has now registered four goals and seven points through three games to start the season.
C Darcy DeRoose and LW Austin Daae lit the lamp for Estevan. LW Anthony Pickering and LW Brandon Sloan responded for Melfort in the third period, mounting a final-frame comeback to force overtime with the Bruins before a lengthy shootout. RW Adam Fauchoux scored in the eighth round of the shootout to propel the Mustangs to victory.
MItch Maraschiello got the start in net for Melfort, stopping 30 of 32 shots taking the shootout victory. It was the first action of the year for Maraschiello as Austin Rediron was in the blue paint for both games this past weekend. In the Estevan crease, Brett Lewchuk earned the shootout loss, turning aside 27 of 29 shots. Lewchuk was also seeing his first game play after Matt Gibney earned a split record this weekend for Estevan, winning one game and losing the other in overtime.
Next up for Melfort: Sept. 25 at Notre Dame (0-2-0)
Next up for Estevan: Sept. 28 at Yorkton (1-1-0)
*Edit (Sept. 25, 01:01): Mitch Maraschiello did not start for Melfort this weekend as previously stated. It was Austin Rediron between the pipes, as is now indicated.*
*Edit (Sept. 25, 01:06): Conflicting information from the SJHL scoring summary reported Jack Romanuik in net for Melfort this evening. It was in fact Mitch Maraschiello in goal for Melfort.*
The Battlefords North Stars, favourites to win the Kramer Division heading into 2013-14, lost their third-straight game to open the season after a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Melville Millionaires.
RW Tyson Prednichuk registered a two-goal effort, opening the scoring for Melville. C Chris Stovall notched the winning goal 8:04 into the third period while LW Reed Murray put up two helpers. LW Alex Devillier scored the third goal for Melville.
C Luke McColgan continued to produce offensively for Battlefords as he put up one goal and one assist. LW Blake Young also turned in a two-assist effort. Trailing 4-2 in the third period, RW Igor Leonenko made a game of it, scoring to make it 4-3 with 7:10 remaining in regulation. That was as close as the North Stars would get.
The goaltending carousel in Battlefords continued as Darren Martin became the third starter in three games for coach Kevin Hasselberg. Martin steered aside 26 of 30 shots faced in a losing effort. Richard Palmer took the win in net for Melville, stopping 32 of 35 shots.
The Millionaires managed to put up the win despite pitching a shutout on the man advantage, going 0/8 on the night.
Next up for Battlefords: Sept. 25 at Yorkton (1-1-0)
Next up for Melville: Sept. 27 at Battlefords (0-3-0)