The Bisons captured their first win of the season with a 5-1 dousing of the Deloraine Royals on December 14. Will Brown opened the scoring for Melita 4:48 into the period but Deloraine tied it up late in the first on a goal by Jared Maxwell. There was no scoring in the second period but the floodgates opened in the third with the hometown Bisons scoring four unanswered goals within an eight minute span to pull away for the win. Tanner Serruys led the Bisons in the win with two goals while Ryan Crepeele chipped in with a goal and an assist. The previous night, Melita was destroyed 10-4 on the road by the MacGregor Wild. The Bisons led 3-2 after the first but it was all Wild for the next 40 minutes as they scored eight of the next nine goals - five straight in the final period. The Bisons (1-12) next home game is December 21 at 8:00 p.m. when they host the Killarney Shamrocks (8-2).
After starting the season with two wins in their first three games, the Royals (3-6-1) have now lost six of their last seven games while also being outscored 45-18. Their loss against Melita on December 14 was their fourth in a row. Leading scorer for the Royals this season is Ty Moffat (5-11-16), followed by Cole Olson (2-7-9) and Mitch Olson (4-4-8). Next game for the Royals is December 20 in Pilot Mound against the Pilots (2-7-1).
The Elks (5-5) split their two games last weekend, winning on Friday at home against Gladstone 4-3 followed by a loss the next day in Cartwright. On Friday, Souris took a 3-2 lead into the third period on goals by Brady Henuset, Jordan Greig, and Michael Fortin. Gladstone scored 6:28 into the final period to even the game but the Elks Brett Locke notched the game winner at 11:28 for the win. Saturday in Cartwright, the Clippers (6-5) scored the first four goals of the opening period and never looked back winning comfortably 7-4. Ben Williams led the way for the Elks in the loss with one goal and one assist. Next home game for Souris is against the Melita Bisons on Friday, December 20.
Around the league
Boissevain Border Kings continue to lead the league with a perfect 11-0 record while averaging 8.7 goals scored per game. Boissevain players also dominate the scoring race with four of the top five point getters from the Border Kings, including the top two spots. Leading the Tiger Hills Hockey League are Border Kings teammates Devon LeBlanc (22-24-46) and Rylee Zimmer (14-30-44). In a distant third sits Matt Varnes (14-14-28) from the MacGregor Wild.