The Nipawin Hawks staved off elimination on Friday night defeating the Yorkton Terriers 4-1 to now trail the Terriers 3-2 in their Best of 7 SJHL Quarter-Final
The Hawks would get on the board first in Game 5 just 9:39 in as Jordan Simoneau would beat Ryan Ouellette short-side to make it 1-0. They would add to their lead just under 2 minutes later as Jaxsen Wiebe's long shot would take a big bounce off the end boards right back to him and he would jam it home for his 2nd of the playoffs to give Nipawin a 2-0 lead after 1 period.
It would be back and forth 2nd period but the Terriers would get on the board late as Branden Klatt would sneak one through goaltender Patrick Pugilese for his 4th of the playoffs to get the Terriers within one after 40 minutes.
But that’s as close as the Terriers would get on this night as Carson Erhardt would add one late in the third and Jake Tremblay would cap it off with an empty netter as the Hawks stayed alive.
Patrick Pugliese in his 1st career SJHL playoff start stopped 23 shots for the win while Ryan Ouellette made 33 saves in the loss.
The two teams now will meet for Game 6 in Yorkton on Sunday night and GX94 will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior hockey, Sask Milk Pregame begins at 7:20 while PXP kicks off at 7:30.
Other Friday SJHL results:
Kindersley 2 Melfort 3
(Melfort wins Best of 7 series, 4-1)
Humboldt 2 Estevan 3 (2OT)
(Humboldt leads Best of 7, 3-2)
Flin Flon 4 Battlefords 3 (3OT)
(Battlefords leads Best of 7, 3-2)
*Game 6’s will be in Flin Flon and Humboldt respectively on Sunday
In the MJHL Playoffs,
The Swan Valley Stampeders surrendered 2 third period goals en route to a 3-2 Game 1 defeat to the Steinbach Pistons at the Centennial Arena.
Riley Vautour and Max Neill scored the Pistons goals in the third while Tyson McConnell opened the scoring in the 1st.
Quintin Sudom and Troy Quinn replied for the Stamps.
Matt Radomsky won the goaltending battle making 42 saves on 44 saves to get the win while Merek Pipes turned aside 28 stops in the loss.
The two teams will go right back at it on Saturday night in Swan River. GX94 will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior hockey, we will pick up the game in progress after the completion of Kinsmen Radio bingo at around 7PM SK time.