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Lynnden Pastachak (24) delivers a hit on a Weyburn defender in a game on New Year's Day. The Bruins have now won four straight.

Bruins continue to win

 

The Estevan Bruins were busy on Wednesday.

Not only did they defeat the Notre Dame Hounds 3-2 for their fourth straight victory – and their first in regulation since December 10 – but they pulled off a blockbuster trade with the La Ronge Ice Wolves.

Estevan jumped out to an early 1-0 lead against Notre Dame on a goal by Jason Duret. Notre Dame tied the game six minutes later on a shot by Austin Lightfoot, and took a 2-1 lead early in the second period on a goal by former Estevan resident Spencer Trapp. Keaton Longpre tied the game with three minutes to play in the frame.

Bruin defenceman Nick Egan scored his first SJHL goal on a power play early in the third for what proved to be the game-winning goal.

"To see a guy get his first goal in a year-and-a-half, especially a good character guy like Egan, who everybody cares so much about, that's pretty fun," said head coach/GM Chris Lewgood.

Brett Lewchuk stopped 31 shots for the victory in his first game in nearly two months.

"The goal he allowed early, he didn't have a chance on," said Lewgood. "He didn't see it. It was a layered screen. The second one was one of those ones where it went off the shaft of the guy's stick, just after a penalty kill."

The club also announced the acquisition of left winger Michael Sagen from the La Ronge Ice Wolves for defenceman Brett Blatz and cash future considerations. Sagen, a 20-year-old, had 28 points in 28 games for La Ronge this season.

"He's exactly what we've been looking for: an offensive-minded left side guy," said Lewgood. "He's actually a big body who's really good down low."  

He also gives the Bruins some offensive depth. Austin Daae is leading the SJHL is scoring, and Tanner Froese has been among the top producers this season, but the club has been searching for secondary scoring since Darcy DeRoose was called up to the WHL early in the season.

Blatz had nine points in 30 games.

"Blatz is a good kid," said Lewgood. "I had a lot of time for Brett as a person here. He's a 20-year-old guy who didn't want to leave, but … we had to make our team better, and to get a quality guy like Sagen, you have to give up a significant amount."

Lewgood had stated previously that the Bruins would be interested in acquiring another defenceman prior to the deadline, and Blatz' departure has only hastened the need. But they're also at a premium, and they could be costly to acquire.

Estevan remains third in the Viterra Division with an 18-13-2-3 record. They'll visit the Weyburn Red Wings on Saturday night, the Notre Dame Hounds on Sunday afternoon, and then host the Melville Millionaires on Tuesday night.


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