The Estevan Bruins enjoyed their most successful northern road trips in nearly a decade, as they won all three games that they played in a three-night span.
Estevan opened the jaunt with a season-high six goals in a 6-3 victory over the Nipawin Hawks on Tuesday night. After a scoreless first period, Estevan scored twice in each of the second and the third periods.
Austin Daae was in on the Bruins' first four goals. He had two goals and two assists, including the game-winning goal early in the third period. Brett Blatz, Austin Roesslein, Hudson Morrison and Keegan Allison also scored.
Allison's goal was his first in the SJHL.
Korey Kosloski and Tanner Froese each had three assists.
Matt Gibney stopped 40 shots in the victory.
The following night, the Bruins defeated the Melfort Mustangs 4-3 in a shootout. Melfort took a 2-0 lead after the first period, but the Bruins scored twice, and outshot the Mustangs 16-4 in the second period, to tie the game at 2-2.
Roesslein and Froese had the second period goals.
Melfort controlled the third, outshooting the Bruins 15-6, but each team would score once. Allison scored with less than six minutes to play in the frame to tie the contest at 3-3.
Overtime settled nothing, so the game went to a shootout. Darcy DeRoose scored in the third round of the penalty shot contest to send it to extra rounds. Melfort's Anthony Pickering scored to give his team the lead, but Daae tallied to send it to another round.
After Melfort's Lane Harbor couldn't score, Lynnden Pastachak scored for Estevan to lift the Bruins to victory.
Brett Lewchuk stopped 39 shots in regulation and overtime, and three of five foes he faced in the shootout.
Estevan and the Flin Flon Bombers were scoreless through two periods, but the Bruins controlled the third, as they outshot Flin Flon 17-9 and scored twice, even though they were wrapping up their third game in three nights.
Pastachak scored the game-winner six minutes into the third period – his first goal outside of a shootout in the SJHL. Tanner Froese added an empty net goal late in the third.
Gibney stopped all 35 shots he faced for his first SJHL shutout.
Estevan's next game is at home on Tuesday night against the Yorkton Terriers. The game will start at 7:30 p.m.