Wednesday 8 March 2023

Millionaires win in Estevan; Stampeders clinch playoff spot after wins on Wednesday night

The Melville Millionaires snapped their 6 game slide on Wednesday night after 5-4 road win over the Estevan Bruins at Affinity Place.

The Millionaires got off to a quick start in the first with two goals just over 5 minutes in as Issac Suppin made it 1-0 before Tucker Buhay (pictured above) added to the lead with his 6th of the season just over 2 minutes later.

Both Suppin and Buhay got their 2nd goals of the period in the 2nd half of the first to give the visitors a 4-0 advantage after 1 period.

Kade Runke got the Bruins on the board early in the 2nd as he got it past Ethan Rau for his 7th of the season to cut their deficit to 3.

But at the 3:01 mark, just 30 seconds later Buhay completed his first career SJHL Hat-Trick sniping it past goaltender Cam Hrdlicka to push the Mils back up by four.

The Bruins continued their pressure though as 49 seconds later as Keagon Little made it 5-2 before Tim Tychonick went bar-down to make it a two goal Millionaire lead through 40 minutes.

In the 3rd, Ilya Chmelevski tallied the only goal of the game late with 3:31 to go sneaking it over top of Rau, but that's as close as they would get.

Ethan Rau, on his 19th birthday turned aside 35 shots to earn his 3rd win of the season while Bruins' starter Cam Hrdlicka made 10 saves on 14 shots & took the loss. Jackson Miller also seen time in the Estevan goal in relief and allowed 1 goal on 10 shots.

The Millionaires wrap up their season with a home and home series against the Notre Dame Hounds starting Saturday night in Melville, while the Bruins finish their regular season schedule on Saturday night visiting the Weyburn Red Wings.

Other Wednesday SJHL matchup,

Humboldt 6, Weyburn 3


Stampeders clinch MJHL Playoff spot after home ice triumph over Neepawa

Justin Keck scored his 29th & 30th goals of the season while Swan River's Steven Arp also scored twice to lead the West-division leading Swan Valley Stampeders to a 5-2 win over the visiting Neepawa Titans on Wednesday night.

Adam Rajsigl also scored while MJHL's Goalie of the Year Kobe Grant made 32 saves on 34 shots to earn the win for the Stamps who clinched a spot in the MJHL Playoffs with the two points.

Hayden Stocks and Cameron Trimble replied for the Titans.

The Stampeders return to the ice on Friday night as they continue their home-stand against the Steinbach Pistons. GX94 will broadcast the game, starting with the pregame at 6:50 and play by play begins 7:00 from the Centennial Arena in Swan River.

Elsewhere in MJHL,

Portage Terriers 3, Winkler Flyers 2

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