For the second time in four games this season, the Estevan Bruins got two goals from a member of the Davis family against the Melfort Mustangs. This time, on Friday, January 25, it was Cody Davis, younger brother of regular forward Jayden, who made his mark on one of the SJHL's best teams in his league debut.
Michael McChesney and Davis the younger both scored twice, while TJ Irey and Ryder Pierson provided goals of their own as the Bruins steamrolled the Mustangs 6-1 to complete the season sweep at four games to none. Grant Boldt made 29 saves in the win, while Mustangs goalie Noah Giesbrecht made 18 stops.
"I'm really proud of the effort," said Bruins head coach and GM Chris Lewgood. "That's four good efforts against these guys. We got some bounces, you can't discount that and we've got to clean some things up but where we had struggles we overcame it with hard work. Our guys really wanted this one today."
Davis wasted no time breaking the ice in his Bruins debut, scoring Mario Lemiuex style on his first shot on his first shift. Davis won a battle in front of the net and the defender trying to check him got tangled up with Giesbrecht. Aigne McGeady-Bruce quickly fired the puck on net and Davis tipped it past a sprawled out Giesbrecht for his first ever goal as a Bruin just 57 seconds in.
"It was really special," said Davis of his first goal. "You just keep working, and you get it and then you go from there."
The Mustangs squared the score on the power play in the second with Colin Schmidt snapping a shot over Boldt's glove. But just when it seemed the Mustangs were pulling back into the game, Davis struck again, this time on a 2-on-1 with Tyson Manz, who slid it over to him for the backhand finish.
"I was determined to get another one," Davis said of his second goal. "If you put your mind to it, you can do it."
"We've had lots of guys score in their first game," Lewgood said of his rookie's performance, "early in their first game even, but I don't remember two goals ever. I remember seeing Riley Woods when he was 16 get three points in two games but this probably one-ups that here."
McChesney sniped one home on the power play to put the Bruins up by a pair just 2:26 later, and the two quick goals took all the wind from Melfort's sails. They barely threatened for much of the early third despite two power plays, and when Pierson and Isaiah Thomas perfectly executed a 2-on-1 midway through the third to make it 4-1, what little life the Mustangs had left seemed to leave them.
The Bruins weren't done scoring there, however. Strong forechecking by Will Koop and Tanner Manz forced a turnover, and they fed the puck to McChesney in the slot, who unleashed another blistering wrist shot over Giesbrecht's shoulder to make it 5-1.
Desperate for a pushback, the Mustangs would pull the goalie late in the third, but this backfired when Irey, taking a cross-ice pass from Turner Ripplinger, crossed the blue line alone and, after looking around for Davis to try to get him the hat trick but not seeing him, potted the goal himself for his 15th.
The win moves the Bruins to 22-20-3 on the season, just two points back of the Yorkton Terriers for top spot in the Viterra Division. Estevan hosts the Nipawin Hawks on Saturday night at 7:30.
In their sweep of the Mustangs, the Bruins outscored them 24-8. Grant Boldt finished 3-0 with a GAA of 1.67 in those games. Boldt now has a .909 save percentage and a 2.59 GAA on the year.
Michael McChesney's two goals give him 22 on the year for the Bruins lead. He has four goals and two assists in his last four games, all Bruins wins.
Aigne-McGeady-Bruce has an assist in four straight games. He is one of four Bruins currently on a four-game point-streak, the other three being McChesney, TJ Irey, and Will Koop.
Since coming back from injury, Irey has scored in four straight games. He now has a career high 15 goals on the year to sit third on the Bruins.