Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mustangs Open Series In Battlefords:

The Melfort Mustangs are set to return to the post season on Friday night at the Civic Centre in North Battleford, when they open the Best-of-5 Survivor Series.

The clubs met 6 times this season, with Melfort escaping with 2 wins, while all the games finished in regulation time. Melfort did not outshoot the Stars in any of the games, despite only being outscore 21-17.

While Melfort's 17 goals does look good, if you don't include their 5-2 and 3-1 wins, they are being outscored 18-9. Jarret Zentner and Brandon Sloan provided a good chunk of the offense, picking up 5 points each, while Logan Sceviour failed to score but still registered 7 assists in only 4 of the games.

The Stars top scorer was Kyle Hall, who scored 19 goals. Each team only had 8 players with 10 or more goals, but no other Star had over 15 on the season. If the Stars feel they are underachieving and need to intimidate Melfort, there are players on this roster that are there to do just that. Although the Mustangs will enjoy the man advantages that follow, the lack of a shut-down Carter Berg type player could affect the 'Stangs if the Stars know how to utilize their tools. Melfort's powerplay improved leaps and bounds in the regular season from start to finish, but come playoff time, chuck those numbers out the window.

Melfort's lineup saw just Brandon Formosa finish with over 80 penalty minutes, and he had 99... Wait, what? Yep, Formosa led the team in PIM's. And goals! Battlefords had 4 players with 80+ minutes in the box, including ex-KIJHL tough guy Ben Greenaway, who was 5th in SJHL rankings with 134 penalty minutes in 10 less games than that of the next fewest games played inside of the Top 9.

Patrick Johnson started 4 of the 6 games, with 20 year old Jesse Wilkins, who is expected to be starter come puck drop, appearing in 2 games. Wilkins was good, making 38 of 43 stops in his first appearance, and 37 of 41 in the final meeting between the two clubs.

Connor Creech started 3 of the games for the Stars, with current-backup Casey Parker playing in 2. Creech never had to be overly impressive, only having to make 20+ saves in a single game, when he stopped 31 of 33 shots on December 7th.

The series has the potential to go a full 5 games, if Melfort can show up. For most of the season, they have struggled to find consistency but on that note, when they do play a full 60 minutes they appear to be able to play with the top teams in the league. (in defence, see: 1, 2, 3, 4) I do encourage you to visit those 4 links, all game boxscores when Melfort stayed in close with Top 4 overall teams.

Listen to tonight's game with Branden Crowe on CK750, I will be listening from home as well as Branden will be taking over the play by play until the Mustangs and Hawks have overlapping games in Round Two.

My prediction? Well as fans have learned I have a colorful way of sharing opinions and predictions, but I think for this series it could go either way. If Melfort plays consistently, they're a solid playoff team. If Battlefords doesn't have the few scorers they have step up, they'll be in trouble because Melfort has come together and played like a truly bonded team the last few weeks and you can see it in the room, on the bus, and on the ice. Oh, and if you refer to my paragraph, my prediction is in there.

See you at the Palace on Saturday night for Game 2, 7:30 puckdrop!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Mustangs-Stars Survivor Series Schedule:



Survivor Series Schedule

Game 1
Friday, March 1st
Melfort Mustangs @ Battlefords North Stars
7:30 puck drop
7:15 on CK750 Radio (Melfort)
7:15 on CJNB Radio (Battlefords)

Game 2
Saturday, March 2nd
Battlefords North Stars @ Melfort Mustangs
7:30 puck drop
7:15 on CK750 Radio (Melfort)
7:15 on CJNB Radio (Battlefords)

Game 3
Monday, March 4th
Melfort Mustangs @ Battlefords North Stars
7:30 puck drop
7:15 on CK750 Radio (Melfort)
7:15 on CJNB Radio (Battlefords)

Game 4
Tuesday, March 5th ** If Necessary
Battlefords North Stars @ Melfort Mustangs
7:30 puck drop
7:15 on CK750 Radio (Melfort)
7:15 on CJNB Radio (Battlefords)

Game 5
Wednesday, March 6th ** If Necessary
Melfort Mustangs @ Battlefords North Stars
7:30 puck drop
7:15 on CK750 Radio (Melfort)
7:15 on CJNB Radio (Battlefords)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Melfort Mustangs Are Playoff Bound:

Tayler Thompson got the Yorkton Terriers on the board just 1:12 in to the opening period, but after that, the Melfort Mustangs sleeping giant awoke and they scored 5 unanswered goals to win 5-1 and clinch a playoff spot for the first time in 2 seasons thanks in part to a 6-1 La Ronge loss on Friday.

Brandon Sloan responded to Thompson's goal with a bullet wrister from the top of the left circle. That goal came midway through in the opening period at 13:18, with assists on that goal to Brandon Formosa and Cody Brown, whose father made the trip up from Hussar, Ab to watch his son's potential final home game of the season(turns out, it WASN'T!). Early in the period, Godric Tham ran his man in to the boards from behind on a reactionary play. No injury was suffered but Tham still received the gate, but that's okay because his 25th Anniversary jersey raised over $500.00. Shots were 13-8 in the first as Melfort played better Hockey in the second half of the period.

Matt Saunderson would add his 1st of 2 assists on the night just 3:22 in to the middle frame on the powerplay, as he set up Brady Goebel's 5th of the season for the Mustang one goal lead. Jarrett Zentner also picked up a helper. Brandon Sloan would continue his hot night at the 6:46 mark when he fired the puck on Dawson MacAuley, who struggled all night, as Brandon Formosa buried the rebound at a awkward angle to put the Mustangs up 2 goals with the Mission, BC products' team leading 17th goal of the season. Melfort outshot Yorkton 16-5 in the second and had all 838 faithful on the edge of their seats heading in to the final frame.

Sloan must have been upset Formosa took over the team lead in goals, but just after the 6 minute mark in the 3rd period, Sloan added his 2nd of the night on a near identical shot as his 1st one. This shot wasn't as high off the ice, but the speed of it was too much for Dawson McAuley to watch go by him, as his night ended early getting the yank in place of Kale Thomson. Thomson wouldn't stay out long, before MacAuley made his way back to the net after perhaps mentally readjusting. Once #33 was back in, #28 added #18 to increase the lead to 4 goals and regain his place as the goal scoring leader on the Green and Blue. The goal came unassisted as the goalie made the initial stop but Formosa banged away at the side of the net with the puck still loose. 8-6 were the shots in favor of Melfort in the final frame, as the Mustangs held on to a 5-1 win and witha La Ronge loss, clinched a playoff spot for the first time under Head Coach Gavin Holcomb.

Melfort was 2/5 on the powerplay, but 6 times the penalty killers successfully killed off a Terrier man advantage. Jesse Wilkins had yet another great start for Melfort, stopping 23 of 24 that came his way. MacAuley made 26 stops while Thomson in relief had to make a single save.

Matt Saunderson was the Third Star of the night, Brandon Formosa was Second Star, and Brandon Sloan was the games First Star as Sloan and Formosa ach picked up 2+1 and Saunderson 0+2.

On the regular season, with one game remaining, the Mustangs are now 19-29-3-2 and sit 5th in the conference, setting up a first round Survivor Series with the Battlefords North Stars. To get there first, the Mustangs must finish the regular season Tuesday night in Flin Flon. Branden Crowe has the call on CK750 beginning at 7:15.

The playoff schedule will be released as soon as possible on YourTownNews.ca and MelfortMustangs.com as well as SJHL.ca. CK750 will broadcast ALL playoff games, home and away with Branden Crowe and Dustin Scafe.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mustangs Home Regular Season Finale A Big One:

OKAY, I know, it's Friday!!

The Melfort Mustangs all but have their backs against the wall. The La Ronge Ice Wolves defeated Flin Flon in overtime to put Melfort 2 points back of the playoffs, heading in to Friday's tilt with the Yorkton Terriers.

Melfort has 1 point in 3 games vs the Terriers this season, but only one of those losses came by more than a single goal, and that was a 5-3 loss before Christmas.

The last time these two teams met, the Mustangs turned in a huge effort and came so close to handing Yorkton their 3rd home loss of the season, but fell short with 4 seconds left, oh and Jesse Wilkins made 51 saves.

Gametime is 7:30 but I encourage you to tune in on SJHL.ca and MelfortMustangs.com on the Mustangs Broadcast Network as it is my last game of the season as the play by play voice of the Mustangs/Hawks. Branden Crowe will take over for the playoffs, but I hope to maybe fill in if I can ever!

7:20 on the MBC, tune in! It's the biggest game of the season!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Mustangs Welcome Berg And Hawks:

 Carter Berg played 153 regular season games with the Melfort Mustangs logo on the front of his chest, and tonight, for the first time ever he will play in a game against the team that named him Captain prior to the 2012/2013 season.

Since Berg's arrival, the Hawks are 10-2-1 and he has scored a goal and added five assists. To add to that, his first 5 games saw him record 0 points; therefore in 8 games since he is nearly at a point per game.

David Heath will also be playing against his former team, and a coach that gave him a shot at being a solid Junior A player. Heath will be a very key figure in the 'Stangs success for years to come and for him, a strong performance against Nipawin tonight will be big for him.

The big picture will also be important tonight, as the Melfort Mustangs eye up the final playoff spot in the North Conference. The Nipawin Hawks are also doing some eyeing up- on 2nd spot in the Conference. Nipawin currently leads Flin Flon by 4 points and the Mustangs are tied with La Ronge with 3 games in hand.

Melfort is 2-5-1 in their last 8, but need just 2 wins to get themselves in to the Survivor Series. Things are hot in Nipawin, they've won 4 in a row and 9 of their last 10. The season series between these two teams has been all but friendly; with the Hawks winning 3 of 4, with 1 of those wins being in a shootout. Nipawin has scored 13 while Melfort has scored 10, with 3 of Melfort's 10 goals coming on the man advantage(Nipawin had 1 PPG).

The Mustangs have struggled to find consistency all season long, but when they show up they have proven that they can compete, or out-compete, any team in the SJHL. With points getting more and more important, look for Melfort to come out hard, get pucks on net and try and bring their home crowd to it's feet. Last time out, in Wednesday's OT loss to La Ronge, the 'Stangs played in front of a season-best crowd of 882. Tonight, two arch rivals face off and that number may be even higher, so if you're coming BE READY TO MAKE SOME NOISE!

For the Hawks, the game plan is fairly simple. Keep it basic, direct pucks on net and play physical. This is a very talented Hawks team that has a great blend of grit and skill, and if they can use both aspects consistently then this is a Hawks team that might even give Humboldt a run for it's money in the standings, let alone the playoffs.

Gametime at the Northern Lights Palace is 7:30, but Branden Crowe will have the CK750 broadcast just in case you can't make it to the rink. You can catch that beginning with the pregame show at 7:15. All broadcasts are available online at YourTownNews.ca.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Catching Up With Ex-Tisdale Trojan Michael Olson:

Here is a video from St. Cloud State on a member of their alumni, Michael Olson.

Mike is from Tisdale, about 20 minutes east of Melfort, and 30 minutes south of Nipawin. Much like Tisdale's Matt Watkins and Tyson Strachan, Michael fled to the BCHL following his Midget AAA Trojan days.

Michael was part of the 2002 Air Canada Cup Champion Trojan team.

He then spent 3 seasons with the Nanaimo Clippers in the BCH:L, playing 195 games in Orange and Black(Season+Playoffs) recording 239 points, before spending the next 4 seasons with St. Cloud State of the NCAA before signing with the Idaho Steelheads in 2009/2010.

After a single season in the ECHL, Michael is now the Assistant Coach with the Clippers, working closely with Head Coach Mike Vandekamp. Both Mike's took part in last year's Savage Cup, the BC Senior AAA Provincial Championships, with the Fort St John Flyers.




And here is my chat with Michael from last season!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Craven Country Partners With SJHL:

This is from the SJHL website:


What do Saskatchewan folks love more than country music? Hockey! It doesn’t matter if you live on a farm, in a small town, or in a city, hockey is the pulse that drives every community in Saskatchewan. If hockey is the pulse, country music is the heartbeat! It was therefore inevitable to connect the storied SJHL and the World’s Greatest Country Music Festival.

“It just makes sense,” said Kim Blevins, director of marketing. “The hockey rink is the central meeting place for every community and we wanted to be visible in as many communities as possible. With twelve teams in smaller centres, it was a no-brainer for us to connect with the SJHL. Plus, the partnership allows us to do more than advertise in these communities. It allows us to help support an essential program that gives our youth the opportunity to further develop their skills.”

“The SJHL is proud to partner with the Craven Country Jamboree”, said Bill Chow, President of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, “We are particularly thankful that the largest tourist event in the province recognizes the importance of Junior A hockey and the communities that we represent.  This partnership will result in significant contributions being made to the SJHL Education Fund where many of our hockey players will benefit directly in terms of scholarships and post-secondary assistance.”

The partnership is mutually beneficial. Besides advertising opportunities, the Craven Country Jamboree will participate in several playoff games this spring, providing prize packages for each community. At the show, each SJHL team will be highlighted to 25,000 people per day on the main stage. Long-time hosts, comedy duo, Williams and Ree (with the help of local radio personalities) will introduce four teams each day, with jerseys from each team taken for signing by festival artists. Proceeds from the signed jerseys will benefit the SJHL Education Fund.

As well, during the second annual On the Road to Craven promotional tour with Williams and Ree, proceeds from some of the performances will go to benefit the SJHL team in that community. Watch www.cravencountryjamboree.com for an upcoming schedule of performances and partner charities.

The Craven Country Jamboree is proud to support communities across Saskatchewan, and is excited to bring the strongest lineup yet to the Craven valley from July 11-14, 2013. Don’t miss your chance to see Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, and the Dixie Chicks who chose the festival as one of only four appearances the group will make in 2013. Don’t miss this historical event and be sure to catch more amazing talent like Brantley Gilbert, Scotty McCreery, Doc Walker, Phil Vassar, Chad Brownlee, Gloriana, and many more. The party of the summer is only six months away!

Tickets are still available at $159, but they won’t last long.  Visit www.cravencountryjamboree.com to purchase tickets and camping. Don’t forget about the EZ Pay option. Fans can purchase tickets and pay in monthly installments.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Nipawin Overtakes Flin Flon, Sweeps Southern Swing:


ND was bumpin'! Poor picture timing.
The last time the Hawks made a trip to Wilcox to face the Notre Dame Hounds, the crowd was much smaller and the Hounds were much more dangerous in the offensive zone, winning in overtime in early November.

This time around, the 648 strong at Duncan McNeil Arena were treated to a very hard played game by both teams, with the Hawks prevailing in the end 3 to 2.

Much like Thursday's game in Estevan, the Hawks used a late first period goal to gain momentum in to the second. Ben Johnstone was set up on the powerplay by Ben Petros and Eli Lichtenwald for his 8th goal of the SJHL season. Shots in the opening period were 11-6, and until the dying minutes when Johnstone scored, the period failed to create any real excitement. Following the goal, there was a minor scrum in front that quickly escalated and looked to get ugly but a great job by the officiating crew got it broken up in time, although 5 penalties were still issued. Carter Danczak was sprung on a breakaway out of the penalty box, and used his speed to blow in front of the defenceman, but was stopped in tight by Salmon.

In the middle frame, Lichtenwald carried that momentum over just 1:34 in by going bar down in tight on Michael Salmon. Lichtenwald's 6th was one of his prettiest this season, and he has scored some clutch, highlight reel goals. Ryan Donovan beat Jordan Liem shortly after at 2:22, giving the Red And White Night crowd a reason to cheer. Yanni Mamais picked up the lone lone assist on Donovan's 8th. At the 7:32 mark, Jeff Datoff got the puck at the left point and fired a shot on net that was deflected by Arti Kalashnikov past Salmon, who was yanked after the goal. Artsiom scoring was big for not just the team but also for him, as he was a healthy scratch the night prior. The international ice sure helped Arti, he sure can fly and use his hands. Shots were 10-7 in the period and Nipawin looked much better.

The third was an exciting period almost each and every moment, with lots of little things happening that showed these two teams feelings towards each other. If they meet in the Canalta Cup Final, watch out ice vendors, there's gonna be a lot of bruised bodies. Speaking of bruised bodies, Jesse Williamson went down early in the game after being hit along the end boards, and did not return but the team is hopeful he will return to the lineup shortly. At 14:37 Kale Derkson, who was the best player on the ice, was absolutely flattened at the side of the night but the puck came straight out the slot to Logan Saworski who rifled a shot past Liem for his 4th of the season. For most of the remainder of the period, Notre Dame pushed hard but just couldn't beat Jordan Liem, who played his 4th consecutive game and 5th in 6 games despite a ready-to-play Davis Jones. This is a very well put together hockey team, and they are ready to play playoff hockey it seems. Final shots were even at 23 with Nipawin pulling ahead of Flin Flon for 2nd in the North and takes over home ice advantage in the playoffs.

The weekend was perfect in terms of wins for the team, going 3 and 0. Jordan Liem allowed 3 goals on 77 shots, Tad Kozun had 4 points, as did Ben Johnstone. Wheaton King, Eli Lichtenwald and Jeff Datoff all had a point per game, while Carter Berg turned in great efforts night after night, registering 2 assists on Saturday. There were a few family members and friends at each of the games and the players really appreciated that, as did Doug Johnson, who also had some company in attendance as his parents made the trip to see him behind the bench. I want to thank Doug, Tyson and Brian, and of course all the beauties they call the boys for making the weekend the best of my time since I got to Melfort/Nipawin.

Tuesday night, the La Ronge Ice Wolves make their last trip to the Cage for this 2012/2013 campaign, with the Hawks winning 5-4 and 3-1 over the Ice Wolves on home ice this season. It's faith night at the Centennial Arena and Eddie Russ of the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be in attendance! 7:30 game time! See you at the rink!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Hawks Take Down Red Wings, 2-0 On Road Trip:

Going in to Crescent Point Place on Friday night, the Nipawin Hawks had a clear idea of what they needed to do to get in to victory lane for a second consecutive night and they did nothing short of that, winning 5-2 over the Weyburn Red Wings in a game that the Hawks outplayed the Wings for the majority of.

Weyburn set the tone near the midway point of the opening period when ex-Hawk Ryan Ostertag buried his 22nd goal of the season, beating Jordan Liem midway up the net. The goal came on the man advantage for the Wings, with assists to Carter Struthers and Kyle Oleniuk. It wouldn't take long after that for Eli Lichtenwald to go bar south on goaltender Jean-Phillipe Boucher, on a beauty play that had Tad Kozun pick up an assist. Eric Bollefer also picked up a helper on that goal. That would really be it for the opening period, aside from a penalty taken by Cody Fiala with just 3 seconds left in the period.

That penalty would prove costly for Fiala and the Wings', as Wheaton King capitalized just 39 seconds in to the period, putting the Hawks in front 2-1 with a 17-5 shot advantage. Carter Berg picked up his 2nd assist as a Hawk, while Ben Johnstone added his first of 3 points in the win. Under 8 minutes after that, Johnstone would strike for his 6th goal of the season, and first of a couple goals on the night. Wheaton King and Carter Berg each pitched their 2nd points of night. Johnstone's 2nd would come just 3:20 later when the teams were back 5-on-5. Dexter Bricker, Jesse Bernard and Johnstone rushed in to the offensive zone with great passing patience, with both line mates drawing assists on Johnstone's 7th. Nipawin took it to the Wings in the middle frame, despite just one penalty being called in the period. Shots were 15-2 for Nipawin.

With just 2 wins in 25 games when trailing after 40 minutes, the Wings knew they were hot water heading in to the final period, and they came out playing like they wanted to turn the game around. Josh Lees cut the Hawk lead back to two goals 5:53 in to the period, while Ty McLean and Brian Farkas picked up helpers. But then, Tad Kozun put the dagger in the heart of the Red Wings, scoring his 20th of the season from Wheaton King. Kozun is the first Hawk this season to hit 20 goals. Early in the period Kozun got tangled up with Ryan Ostertag and the two came very close to dropping the mitts, but much like each incident that happened during the game, no punches were thrown and just minors were handed out.

Final shots in the contest were 41-20, with Jordan Liem stopped 18 shots for his 7th victory of the season. Boucher stopped 36 in the Red Wing net. The Hawks were 2/4 on the man advantage, improving their overall total to 14.6% at 34 for 233.

The final southern road trip of the SJHL regular season for the Nipawin Hawks will end tonight at the Duncan McNeil Arena in Wilcox, when the 25-18-0-4 Notre Dame Hounds welcome the yellow and black. The Hounds played in a wild 8-6 loss to Melville in Fort Qu'Appelle last night, and sit comfortably behind Yorkton and Melville for 3rd in the Sher-Wood Conference. With last night's win, the Hawks are now 27-14-2-4 and a win tonight could see them potentially pull 2 points ahead of Flin Flon for home ice advantage in the playoffs. Gametime at the Dunc is 7:00 PM with the CK750 pregame show getting underway at 6:45.

After tonight, there are just 6 games remaining in the regular season. 3 of those games will be at Centennial Arena, so make sure we fill the stands and cheer the Hawks on as they race to the playoffs. La Ronge is in town on Feb. 12th, Yorkton on Feb. 16th, and then on Tuesday the 19th the Melfort Mustangs make their final visit to the Cage, with that game being heard on CK750.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Liem Posts Shutout In Road Trip Opener:

Jordan Liem made 36 saves; many of which rank among his best of the season, for his first SJHL shutout while leading the Nipawin Hawks to a 1-0 win over the Estevan Bruins last night at Spectra Place.

Tayler Balog got his 13th goal of the season with just 11.4 seconds left in the opening period, off a Jeff Datoff point shot that he deflected by Curtis Martinu, who made 21 saves in the loss. Tad Kozun also picked up an assist on the goal.

Earlier in the first, Garret Lockeridge dropped the mitts with Leighton McLaughlin. What a scrap this turned out to be, with Lockeridge taking a few at the start but he responded with the vast majority of the punches leading up to him taking McLaughlin down.

Balogs' goal came on the powerplay thanks to McLaughlin, who took a blow to the head penalty late in the first. The Hawks killed off all three penalty kills while scoring on their only powerplay.

Post Game Altercation
At the final buzzer, with the Hawks congratulating Liem on his first shutout of his Junior A career, tempers flared at the bench when a Bruins coaching staff member and Hawks' coach Doug Johnson got caught up in a brief verbal altercation. All the players gathered at center and despite it looking like a bad situation, no one got overly involved and no penalty minutes were assessed.

The Hawks moved forward as soon as they stepped foot on the bus, and the mindset of the player's has switched to the Weyburn Red Wings, who play host at Crescent Point Energy Place tonight at 7:30. Jordan Liem, coming off his first shutout as well as 3 of the last 4 starts, is expected to get his 3rd consecutive start while Jesse Roden could potentially return to the lineup.

Tonight's broadcast can be heard online at yourtownnews.ca at 7:15 with the pregame show, when we chat with Hawks coach Doug Johnson and Red Wings coach Darcy Pindus.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Hawks Begin Road Trip In Estevan:

The final 3 day trip of the 2012/2013 season gets underway for the Nipawin Hawks tonight, as they visit Spectra Place and the Estevan Bruins that call it home.

The Hawks are coming off Tuesday's loss to the Humboldt Broncos and are 25-14-2-4, while the Bruins sit 7 points out of the Sherwood Conference basement with a record of 17-24-4-0.

The two teams have met three times this season, with Estevan holding the season series, winning 5-4 back on September 28th in Estevan and 5-4 in OT in Nipawin on November 3rd. The Hawks won 3-1 on January 18th at the Cage, and a win tonight would leave the Hawks with 5 of a possible 8 points against the Bruins this season.

Game time tonight is 7:30 but you can hear the CK750 Pregame show at 7:15, and online at yourtownnews.ca.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Hawks Flying Down Final Stretch:

It wasn't a full 60 minute performance, but the Nipawin Hawks scored when they needed to en route to a 4-2 win on Saturday night over the La Ronge Ice Wolves.

Eli Lichtenwald opened the scoring when he walked out front of beat Myles Hovdebo for his 4th goal of the season. Tad Kozun continued his hot hand, adding an assist along with Grant Jensen. Kozun, who improved to a point per game average, has now picked up 12 points in his last 9 games, a stretch that includes 8 goals.

Davis Jones would then chip in offensively, setting up Dexter Bricker's 7th of the year.

Jones has also seen a big improvement since September 21st, seeing his save percentage rise from .883 in October, to .928 in December, to a near-unbeatable .951 in the month of January. To go with that, Jones
sports a 1.51 GAA in the past month's games, and a fresh commitment to Alaska-Fairbanks University.

Jesse Bernard would then get his first of two with 6 minutes left in the 2nd, with just :01 left on the powerplay. Wheaton King and Ben Johnstone paired up for the helpers, on each of Bernard's goals.

In the third, with the Hawks outshooting La Ronge 31-24, Carl-Phillipe Ouimet got the Ice Wolves on the board, with his 3rd goal of the season. Bernard would respond 19 seconds later to restore Nipawin's two goal lead.

Late in the period, AP call-up Jason Duret, of the Prince Albert Mintos, got the Ice Wolves within two goals on his first SJHL goal in his 1st game as an Ice Wolf since exhibition, when he scored 5 goals against Melfort.

Despite plenty of fish being collected off the ice in the final period, the Hawks hung on for a win and improved one step closer to over-taking the Flin Flon Bombers for 2nd in the North Conference.
Davis Jones finished the night with 41 saves, while his counterpart Myles Hovdebo stopped 38 at the other end.

Both teams went 1-for on the powerplay, with the Hawks having 5 opportunities, and the Ice Wolves 6.

The Hawks have perhaps the biggest test of the season on Tuesday when they travel to the EPA in Humboldt to face the red-hot Broncos, who they defeated just short of a week ago on home ice, 2-1.

That game can be heard throughout much of Saskatchewan with Branden Crowe and Dustin Scafe beginning at 7:15 on CK750 and yourtownnews.ca!

Hey, Hawkey fans! Don't forget to check out hockeytube.net, it's the best site for Hockey videos since YoutTube, except you don't have to deal with non-hockey related clutter!