Friday 7 January 2022

Millionaires drop road-trip opener to the North Stars


The Melville Millionaires kicked-off their 3 game weekend roadie with a 4-3 loss to the Battefords North Stars.

The North Stars got off to a quick start as Keiton Klein jumped on a loose puck in front and tucked it by Jared Thompson for his 2nd of the season to make it 1-0 just 72 seconds in.

Battlefords added to their lead late in the period with two goals just 63 seconds apart off the sticks of Tynan Ewart and Zane Florence to increase their lead to 3-0 after 1 period.

In the 2nd, just like the first period it would be Klein adding to the North Stars lead just 1:12 into the period with his 2nd of the night to make it 4-1.

But the Millionaires would then respond just over 6 minutes later as just 8 seconds into the powerplay, Nicolas Samson took a nice feed in front from Louis-Frederic Theberge and snapped it by Loewen Kenyon for his 9th of the year to cut their deficit once again at three after 40 minutes.

In the 3rd, the Mills cut it within two once again on the PP as Charles-Thomas Larochelle's centerting pass went off a leg in front and passed the North Stars' goalie to make it 4-2.

Then with 3:31 to go, Nicolas Samson scored a highlight reel spin-o-rama goal sneaking it through Kenyon for his 2nd of the night to make it a one goal game but that's as close as they would get.

Loewen Kenyon made 30 saves for Battlefords' to get the win, while Jared Thompson started for Melville allowing 4 goals on 18 shots before pulled for Alexis Giroux who stopped all 23 shots he faced in relief.

The Mills' continue their road-trip on Saturday visiting the Kindersley Klippers, while North Stars visit the Humboldt Broncos.



The Yorkton Terriers' dropped their 2nd straight on Friday, falling 4-2 to the La Ronge Ice Wolves.

Brendan Della Paolera (2G 1A) and Gavin Mattey (1G 2A) each had 3 points to lead the way for the Ice Wolves while Walker Jerome also scored.

Zach McIntyre and Maddux Nollski replied for the Terriers in the loss.

Xavier Cannon made 25 saves on 27 shots in the win for La Ronge, while Kale DePape turned aside 35 shots in the loss.

The Terriers' return to the ice next Friday night when they host the Weyburn Red Wings.




Swan Valley captain Carter Cockburn had 2G 1A but it wasn't enough as the Stampeders' fell 4-3 in the shootout to the Winnipeg Blues.

Brad Fortin also scored for the Stamps' who got a 31 save performance from Dylan Black in the shootout loss.

Eric Fawkes, Jack Kaiser and Ryan Ostermann replied for the Blues.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday night in Swan River with puck drop at 7:00PM.

Other Friday results:

Virden 8, Portage 4

Winkler 5, Dauphin 2

Winnipeg Freeze 7, OCN 6 (SO)

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