Wednesday, January 30, 2013

'Stangs Take Over 5th With Win In La Ronge:

Logan Sceviour enjoyed a coming out party on Tuesday night at the Mel Heglund Uniplex in La Ronge, helping the Melfort Mustangs to a 7-4 win over the host Ice Wolves.

Sceviour scored a hat trick in the win, including an empty netter in the late stages of the third. He had collected just a single goal in his previous 36 games in Melfort since coming over from Flin Flon 4 games in to the season.

Jamie Miller also had a big personal night, burying his first SJHL goal early in the 2nd period which would wind up as the Game Winning Goal, giving his shelf at home a puck for its collection.

Cole Hyrsky, Brandon Formosa, and Brennan Bosovich all provided singles for Melfort, who used the win to jump the Ice Wolves for the 5th and final playoff spot in the conference, improving their record to 17-23-2-2.

Formosa and Bosovich both added an assist as well, while Godric Tham, Brandon Sloan, Adam Fauchoux and Brady Goebel all added 2 point nights in a game that saw 4 goals be scored in a span of 1:35 to end the opening period. The game saw just one 2nd period goal followed by an explosive seven goals scored in the 3rd period.

La Ronge has a record of 17-26-0-3 and with 2 more games played than Melfort, the final 8 games of the season will need to result in the Ice Wolves earning the same amount as or more points than the Mustangs, who now have 10 games remaining.

Jesse Wilkins made 29 stops in the victory, whiles Myles Hovdebo had a busy night for the home side, stopping 39 in the loss.

Check out the full box score here!

The Mustangs travel south this weekend to face the Weyburn Red Wings and Estevan Bruins, with both games beginning with the pregame show at 7:15 on yourtownnews.ca, with Friday's game being on CK750 and Saturday's on 105CJVR.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Mustangs @ Hounds To Finish Road Trip:

The Melfort Mustangs hit the road Friday for their second to last overnight trip of the 2012/2013 season, with Jesse Wilkins turning in one of his strongest performances of the season, making 49 saves in a 1-0 overtime loss to the hands of the Yorkton Terriers.

On the powerplay, Tyler Giebel potted his 17th of the season with just :04 remaining on the clock in the extra frame to win the game, with the assists to Chase and Brady Norrish.

The Mustangs fired 30 shots at Dawson MacAuley, with several scoring chances being created in the middle period. Melfort was outshot 18-9 after 20 minutes, but a much stronger 2nd brought the Mustangs shot count up to 20, but strong goaltending at both ends kept the game scoreless.

Patrick Martens and Chase Norrish gave the Terriers several chances to win throughout the night, with Wilkins playing strong in position on each and every opportunity. Norrish made 3 seperate end to end rushes in the game, providing a defensive-offensive spark, while players like Anthony Pickering and Brennan Bosovich received increased ice time for the Mustangs,who dressed just 15 skaters.

Despite losing the game, the Mustangs kept their heads high after giving the SJHL's top team on home ice a run for their money; and with a single point, the 'Stangs now sit just 1 back of La Ronge for 5th in the Bauer Conference.

Melfort travels south to Notre Dame tonight, with the pregame show available on CK750 beginning at 7:15 with Dustin Scafe. You can also listen online at YourTownNews.ca!

Tonight's game will feature one of the hottest teams in the opening half of the season, turned one of the coldest teams since New Years. With just 2 wins in their previous 10 games, the Hounds are looking for points to get them back in the Sherwood Conference race for the lead. The Hounds are coming off a 7-2 loss to Yorkton on January 23rd.

The Mustangs have now won 4 of their past 8, but have picked up points in 6 of those games. Godric Tham has shown he can be as clutch as a young Ruslan Fedetenko, with the GWG in each of the Mustangs last 3 wins, to bring his total to 5 this season; second in the SJHL behind Humoldt's Joey Davies.

With a Melfort win tonight, and a La Ronge regulation loss, the Mustangs will hop over the Ice Wolves in the standings and will hold the final playoff spot in the Bauer Conference. Melfort has currently played 2 less games than La Ronge.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hawks Fall In Overtime In Flin Flon:

Davis Jones played what could easily have been his best game of the year, but only Artsiom Kalashnikov showed him some offensive support, in a 2-1 Nipawin Hawks overtime loss to the hands of the Flin Flon Bombers on Tuesday night.

Brett Penner tied the game up in the 3rd period, and then scored the overtime winner; both with the help of Dillon McCombie. Both of those players put in full 60 minute efforts and their hard work is what pushed to their team to the 2 point victory.

Arti Kalashnikov scored just 2 times in his first 13 games as a Hawk, but since returning to the SJHL from the World Junior Hockey Championships, he has scored 4 goals in a span of 7 games. He beat Devin Buffalo midway through the opening period, but left the game in the final frame with a lower body injury.

Buffalo wasn't tested too often throughout the night, but when he was he looked good. There were a few rebounds that bounced out in front of him and a few blind passes that caught him off guard, but the Hawks had trouble burying their chances in front, which assisted in Flin Flon outshooting the Hawks 50-24.

Davis Jones used his performance to raise his save percentage above where it was last season, thanks to 48 of 50 stops on the night. Assistant Coach Tyson Hobbins said during the post game show that Jones earned them the point, and the Bomber rink staff named him 3rd star for his work. The 2nd star would be McCombie with Penner taking home player of the game honors.

Jason Wark was initially given 2nd star, although I edited that to Dillon McCombie, but that is not to play down Wark's play. The ex-Dawson Creek Rage power forward played great, proving that his style of play is a perfect SJHL model.

Eli Lichtenwald gave fans a show every time he was on the ice, keeping the puck on a string while toe dragging and fighting off checks along the boards. Lichtenwald won the SJHL's player of the week award last week, and I wouldn't be wrong if I said he will win more before season's end.

With the loss, the Hawks fall 5 points back of 2nd in the Bauer Conference, with the Bombers holding that 2nd spot with a record of 25-14-0-0, while the Hawks are 20-13-2-4.

The Hawks are now off until Friday, when they welcome the Estevan Bruins to the Centennial Arena. Gametime is 7:30, make sure you get there early and get a good seat as it's the last Hawks home game before the NHL season gets going(in other words, LET'S PACK THE BARN!)

The next CK750 broadcast is next Tuesday from the Mel Heglund Uniplex in La Ronge, beginning with the pregame show at 7:15.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hawks-Bombers Tonight on CK750:


It’s a battle of two highly skilled teams tonight in the ‘Flon, with an important two points in the standings up for grabs.

The Nipawin Hawks (20-13-1-4) currently trail the Flin Flon Bombers (24-14-0-0) by just three points in the Bauer Conference standings, with just 15 games remaining after tonight’s game.

The Bombers have lost just four times on home ice this season, with all four of those losses coming in the past six games at the Whitney Forum. The Hawks look to find success for the third consecutive game in Flin Flon, using 5-2 and 4-3 victories as inspiration.

For the Bombers, the other two losses came to teams in the other division, so Nipawin has an advantage that no other Bauer Conference club has; the ability to win at the Forum.

Both clubs are sure to be tested tonight with offence that could be among the SJHL’s best and defense and goaltender that are easily also tops in the league. Davis Jones and Devin Buffalo have proved all season they are capable of leading their teams, and they are also both now off to NCAA schools next season to boot, thanks to save percentages both over .920!

Up front for the Hawks is newcomer Eli Lichtenwald, who has given the Hawks an extra weapon to use, as he can use his 6’6” frame in any situation. Carter Berg gives added size to the back end, which is something the Hawks knew they needed heading in to the playoff stretch.

Flin Flon has heavily relied on the offence of their top defenceman this season, Josh Roach. He currently leads the team in points, with Brett Boehm and Riley Storzuk not far behind in terms of production.

Keys for the game are simple, play a hard game for 60 minutes and you’ll be successful. That is one thing I have learned from BOTH of these teams this season; if it isn’t a 60 minute effort, the result probably will be a loss.

If Doug Johnson can keep his boys sparked up and energized, they shouldn’t have trouble tonight. The Bombers have won just 3 of their past 8 and it is a safe bet to say that a few quick goals for the Hawks will send the wind out of the Bombers sails.

On the home side, the Bombers will just need to bring a hard checking and hard working game to the rink tonight. On a cold streak, it’s important to set the tone early in order to turn it around so watch for the Bombers to come out hard and get lots of shots early.

After missing last weekend, Jordan Liem is back to full health and will be in the lineup tonight. No word on who starts.

Puckdrop is 7:30, with the CK750 pregame show starting up at 7:15. You can also listen online at yourtownnews.ca

Friday, January 11, 2013

Mustangs, Hawks Swap D On Deadline:

Thanks to Branden for doing the Deadline Writeup.

The Nipawin Hawks and Melfort Mustangs have hooked up for deadline day deal.

The Hawks acquired 20 year old Carter Berg from Melfort for 18 year old David Heath and future considerations.

“We’re excited to have Carter. We think he is the final piece to what we want to accomplish this year” said Hawks GM and Head Coach Doug Johnson.

Berg heads to Nipawin after a career that spanned four seasons in Melfort.

The Saskatoon native was reassigned to the Mustangs in 2009 from the Chilliwack Bruins and after returning to the WHL for a brief stint with the Calgary Hitmen Berg found a home in Melfort.

Berg played in 142 games for the Mustangs and was named their captain at the start of this season.

“It’s tough to replace a guy like Carter Berg” said Mustangs GM and Head Coach Gavin Holcomb.

”He brought intangibles to our hockey club… however it’s not just one guy that makes up a team and now there is an opportunity for guy’s to step up and fill that hole.”

Heath comes to the Mustangs in his rookie season in the SJHL after finishing his AAA career with the Southwest Cougars in Manitoba.

“The unfortunate thing is you always have to give up somebody and we are giving up a great young defenseman in David Heath. He’ll be outstanding in this league for many years and he is a great person on top of it.”

The 18 year old Melita product stands 6 foot 2 and had 19 points and 56 penalty minutes with the Cougars last season.

Heath appeared in 13 games for the Hawks this season, registering one assist.

“We’re very excited about Dave” said Holcomb.

“He’s gotten his feet wet in the league and is going to be a guy that will jump in and play a regular right away. We like his size and he is a guy that we’re going to have for a few years here.”

Nipawin is in Humboldt tonight as Alex Forsberg makes his SJHL debut with the Broncos.

Melfort is set to host Weyburn, although as of 12:30 PM game is in question due to travel conditions.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

SJHL Trade Deadline Looming:


With January 10th being my birthday, I always found a reason to get excited for it, but I also find another reason to get a little extra oomph in my step that day... It's because it has always been trade deadline day in the Junior A ranks. This year is no different.

The Melfort Mustangs seem to be loaded up on young guns that give them a couple seasons with the same core team, but a few changes may be looming as the team shows steady improvement. Look for some added scoring to come in, if anything. Otherwise, you can bet GM/Coach Gavin Holcomb is comfortable with his group, and fans should be too because from the goaltenders to the defensemen to the forwards they have been pushing a little bit harder each and every night.

In Nipawin, the Hawks seem prepared for a run-to-be. With just one card left, there isn't much they can do, so if someone is to be added, another has to be let go so you can be sure if a player DOES come in, he will be a game-changer. Adding Eli Lichtenwald was a move the Hawks needed as it adds some more size and scoring in a Top 6 role.

That's where Branden and I come in, follow us on Twitter(@brandencrowe or @dustinscafe) or check our blogs as we keep you up to date on CK750's teams throughout the 2013 Trade Deadline!

The 'Stangs are set to host Kindersley tonight at the Northern Lights Palace, a game that can be watched live on the Mustangs Broadcast Network beginning with puckdrop at 7:30.

Nipawin is in Humboldt on Friday, after winning 4-1 in Battlefords last night.







Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hawks Win First Half Of Home-And-Home:

Lichtenwald is back! Can't wear 71 though!
Tayler Balog scored late in the 3rd period and added a power play assist on Ben Johnstone's goal that made it 2-0 en route to a Nipawin Hawks victory on New Years Eve in Melfort, 4-0 at the Northern Lights Palace.

Davis Jones picked up his 3rd shutout of the season, making 18 stops for the win, while Jesse Wilkins made 21 in the losing effort.

With the loss, the Mustangs are now on a 5 game losing streak and their record sits at 12-19-1-1, 3 points back of 5th in the Bauer Conference.

The Hawks are now 17-11-1-4 and a second win over Melfort tonight could see them pull within 3 points of the Humboldt Broncos for 2nd in the Conference.

Arti Kalashnikov scored the games opening goal late in the opening period off a wrist shot just seconds after a faceoff win. Dustin Skilliter also added a single in the middle frame to make it a 3-0 lead.

Both teams powerplays were ineffective for the most part, with Nipawin going 1/7 and Melfort 0/6 on the man advantage.

Shots were 25-18 in the contest.

The two clubs rematch at 7:30 tonight at the Centennial Arena in Nipawin, the same barn where the Mustangs picked up 2 points the last time around. You can catch the pregame show on CK750 beginning at 7:15 with Branden Crowe.

Head Coach Doug Johnson announced that Eli Lichtenwald, a one time winner of the SJHL Rookie of the Year, will be returning to Nipawin this week after spending two seasons with the USHL's Omaha Lancers.

The Melfort Mustangs raffled off their 25th anniversary Ford Mustang, as well as debuted a new 3rd jersey, sporting green sweaters with blue trim and a 25th anniversary logo on the front.