The Estevan Bruins extended their post-Christmas break winning streak to five straight games with a 5-3 victory over the Melville Millionaires Friday night at Affinity Place.
After a scoreless first period, Dayton Deics scored nine minutes into the second to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Blake Campbell scored for Melville a few minutes later to tie the game, and Aidan Steinke tallied two minutes after that to give the Millionaires the lead.
Tyler Savage’s power play goal with 26 seconds to play in the frame tied the game again.
Brady Nicholas’ marker 2:50 into the third put the Bruins in the lead, and Eddie Gallagher scored less than four minutes later to double the advantage. Zach McIntyre’s goal late in the third cut the Bruins lead in half, but Isaiah Thomas scored into an empty net with seven seconds left to dash any hopes of a Melville comeback.
Griffin Asham-Moroz had three assists for the Bruins.
Randy Cooke made 30 saves for the Bruins to get his first victory in the SJHL.
Berk Berkeliev had 38 saves for Melville.
The Bruins improved their record to 18-17-2-1, the first time they have been over .500 this season. They have a three-point lead on the Kindersley Klippers for the league’s eighth and final playoff spot, and the Bruins have three games in hand.
Estevan will be back on the ice Saturday night at home against the Yorkton Terriers. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
In off-ice news, Friday was also the national junior hockey trade deadline, and the Bruins opted to not make any moves. They will enter the final weeks of the season with the 23 players they have had on the roster since Dec. 1.