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Estevan Bruins beat Melville for the fourth straight time

Captain Eric Houk scores twice in 4-1 win
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Zach Burfoot tries to knock the puck in past a sprawled Jared Thompson in the Melville goal Tuesday night in Estevan.

ESTEVAN - The score might not have been as lopsided as the previous meetings between the two teams, but the Estevan Bruins posted another convincing win over the Melville Millionaires Tuesday night at Affinity Place.

Captain Eric Houk scored twice in the Bruins 4-1 victory over Melville. The Bruins outshot the Mills 52-21.

Melville came out strong, with Alex Liskowich opening the scoring 1:46 into the first period. The Mills had the edge in play early, and a few odd-man rushes, but the Bruins started to carry the play late in the frame. 

Houk scored 2:21 into the second, and Mark Rumsey added a goal less than three minutes later to give the Black and Gold a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Olivier Pouliot scored a spectacular goal 7:28 into the third for a 3-1 Bruin advantage, and Houk scored once more into an empty net with less than two minutes to play.

Estevan has now outscored Melville 27-3 in their four meetings this season. All four meetings have occurred since Oct. 23. 

Boston Bilous made 20 saves for the Bruins. Melville’s Jared Thompson had 48 saves, including 25 in the third period.  

Up next for the Bruins will be a home and home against their Highway 39 rivals, the Weyburn Red Wings. The two teams will meet Friday at Affinity Place at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday in Weyburn, also at 7:30 p.m.

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