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Mustangs head into Christmas with home game against Humboldt

By Jaret Schneider, 12/22/17, 8:45AM CST

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The Melfort Mustangs will head into the Christmas Break tonight but not until after what should be one of the best nights of the SJHL season. The Mustangs will host the Humboldt Broncos in their final game of 2017, while it's also Teddy Bear Toss night followed by a family skate with the Mustangs. Game time is 7:30pm from the palace and following the game everyone is invited to skate with the team. 

The Melfort Mustangs head into tonight's game coming off a big road win over the Kindersley Klippers on Saturday. The Mustangs got up early on the Klippers, chased goaltender Justin Close in the first period and rolled to a 6-3 victory. It was a big win for the Stangs as they were coming off tough road losses to Battlefords and Yorkton previous.  On the season the Mustangs sit with a record of 21-7-4-1. 

The Humboldt Broncos have also been off this week as they last played the Nipawin Hawks in a home and home on the weekend. The Hawks won both contests 3-2 in Humboldt on Friday and 3-2 in Nipawin on Saturday. On the season the Broncos have a 19-11-3-2 record. 

The big story line in tonight's game centers around Mustang Tristen Elder, and Bronoco Jaxon Joseph. The two were traded for one another at the end of October and this is the first meeting between the two on opposite sides. Since the trade Elder has 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points in 12 games. For the Broncos Joseph has 12 goals and 7 assists for 19 points in 17 games played. Another aspect of the trade saw the Mustangs send 2001' D Kade Olsen to the Humboldt Broncos. Olsen has spent the majority of the season with the Midget AAA Beardy's Blackhawks but was called up for his first SJHL game with Humboldt last weekend. 

Leading Scorers: 

Melfort Mustangs 

Loch Morrison 12G, 23A- 35P

Kalem Zary 6G, 21A- 27P

Justin Ball 13G, 11A- 24P

Kayle Tosh  6G, 17A- 23P

Humboldt Broncos

Logan Schatz 14G, 35A- 49P

Bayden Camrud 10G, 22A- 32P

Conner Lukan 11G 19A- 30P

Jaxon Joseph 15G, 9A- 24P

Don't forget tonight is the annual Teddy Bear Toss at the Northern Lights Palace, anyone who brings a game ticket to The Bargain Shop in Melfort receives 15% off Teddy Bear's today. They can be thrown onto the ice when the Mustangs score their first goal. All Teddy Bears will be donated to North East Outreach and Support Services for 3 of their programs. Puck drops tonight at 7:30pm. Following the game the Mustangs would like to invite everyone onto the ice for a family skate!