The Melfort Mustangs and Nipawin Hawks will renew their Sher-Wood Division Rivalry this weekend! It’s a big weekend for both teams, as it always is. With the SJHL Standings being so close this year, the 4 points on the line are valuable for both teams.
Where they sit: The Nipawin Hawks currently lead the Division by 3 points over Flin Flon, and 6 points over Melfort. The Mustangs hold 2 games in hand on Nipawin so a pair of wins over their Northern rival would put them right back near the top of the division standings. The Flin Flon Bombers are also in the mix for the division and they meet the La Ronge Ice Wolves in a home and home both tonight and tomorrow.
Hawks Roll On: The Nipawin Hawks begin the weekend as the hottest team in the SJHL. With a 6-0-1-0 record in their last 7 they have moved themselves into 2nd place overall in the SJHL, just a single point back of Humboldt. Austen Flaman currently leads the team in scoring this season. He’s picked up 4 goals and 6 points in their last 3 games. Jake Tremblay and Carson Erhardt also have 6 points in that stretch. Declan Hobbs has once again been great this season for the Hawks. His 1.95 GAA ranks 1st in the SJHL to go along with his .939 Save Percentage which is also top. He also leads the league in shutouts with 4 and sits tied for 2nd in wins with 9 on the year.
Mustangs Pick Up Big Win: The Melfort Mustangs are back in the win column thanks to a very big 3-2 win over Kindersley on Wednesday night. The Mustangs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second period. They fell asleep a bit in the third as Kindersley scored twice to make it 3-2 and nearly had the tying goal multiple times. Hunter Arps played outstanding in net earning the Mustangs their 11th win of the season. Justin Ball led the offence with 2 assists. Kayle Tosh(3), Colin Schmidt(7) and Chase Anderson(2) had the Mustang goals. The Mustangs moved to 11-6-1-0 with the win. Earlier this week the Mustangs acquired Marshall Skapski from Cowichan of the BCHL. He made an impact on the back end assuming the top pair with Boedy Donald. Skapski adds depth and eats big minutes on the back end which will help the Mustangs as the season moves on. The other addition last week was goaltender Shawn Parkinson. Parkinson has yet to play in a game this season but was Arps primary backup on Wednesday.
Head to Head Season Series:
Fri Oct 12th, Nipawin – 0 @ Melfort – 2
Sat Oct 13th, Melfort – 3 @ Nipawin – 1
Fri Nov 9th, Melfort @ Nipawin
Sat Nov 10th Nipawin @ Melfort
Fri Dec 21st Nipawin @ Melfort
Sat Dec 22nd Melfort @ Nipawin
Fri Jan 4th Melfort @ Nipawin
Sat Jan 5th Nipawin @ Melfort
Fri Mar 1st Melfort @ Nipawin
Sat Mar 2nd Nipawin @ Melfort
Yes that’s not a joke, these teams meet 10 times this season! Tonight is meeting #3 and Melfort has won both previous games. Game time tonight is 7:30pm from the Cage. Mat Barrett will have the call with pre game at 7:15pm, Puck drop at 7:30pm on CK750.