The Melfort Mustangs went down to Estevan and took a pair of games this week from the Bruins. They now lead the Best of 7 SJHL Quarter-Finals 3-1. Both games 3 and 4 ended with 2-1 victories for the Mustangs. Game 3 took ten minutes of overtime while Game 4 was almost there, when Ben Tkachuk scored the game winner in the final minute.
Game 4 opened with a Mustang goal. It was the line of Colton Schell, Tyson Meyers and Zach Anderson who worked well down low, cycled the puck and caused an Estevan turnover. Colton Schell threw the puck down low to Tyson Meyers who went across the top of the crease to Zach Anderson. Anderson with a quick stick buried the puck into an open net for a tap in, giving the Mustangs the first goal of the game for the first time this series, 1-0 just 4:30 in.
In the second period, the Bruins would get one back evening the game at 1-1. Eddie Gallagher continued his solid series scoring the only Bruin goal of the game. Reenan Rancier played a solid game once again. This night making all 10 saves in the second period.
In the third period we finally saw a penalty. Alex Rondeau for slashing was the only penalty called in the game. Which is far from Game 3 which had 9 total powerplay’s handed out, and 60 minutes of penalties called. The Bruins wouldn’t convert on the man advantage and we’d remain tied 1-1. Late in the third period with Tian Rask on the fore check he made a great play separating the Bruin Dman from the puck. He swung it out front to a wide open Ben Tkachuk who made no mistake, going upstairs over Rancier to give the Mustangs a 2-1 lead with 50 seconds to play. The Mustangs would hang on for the Game 4 win and a commanding 3-1 series lead.
The Mustangs have a chance tomorrow night to close the series and move into the SJHL Semi-Finals. Game 5 from the Northern Lights Palace in Melfort starts at 7:30pm.
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