Winners of five straight games since losing their season opener 4-3 to the Selkirk Fishermen on Oct. 4, the St. Malo Warriors continue their relentless push for first place in the Capital Region Junior Hockey League, now trailing the leading Fishermen by only a single point.
With three points awarded for a victory in the CRJHL, the Fishermen (16 points) have six wins, including two overtime victories while the Warriors (15 points) have five wins in six games. Selkirk has received two additional points for their overtime wins.
Led by hometown product Maxime Collette, the leading scorer in the league, the Warriors won their fifth straight game Sunday at Arborg as they throttled the Ice Dawgs 9-2.
Collette, who leads the league in both goals, with eight, and 14 points in six games, added another five points to his totals against the Dawgs as he had a goal and four assists to pace the Warriors.
Alex Murray, second in the league in scoring behind Collette, chipped in with two goals and two assists in the win at Arborg while Christian Hince had a goal and two helpers. Rounding out the St. Malo scoring were Gavin Pott with a pair, and singles from Tyler Cormier, Brendan Spence and Brayden Jonasson.
Evan Van Laekan made 38 saves in net for the Warriors.
The Warriors will next see action Sunday afternoon as the Warriors host the Lundar Falcons in a game to be played at 1:00 p.m. in Steinbach.
St. Malo was originally scheduled to host Lundar Saturday at home and then play Thunder Bay in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon in Steinbach. But Thunder Bay has cancelled their exhibition tour to Manitoba this weekend.