The Melfort Mustangs had a pretty busy weekend, hosting not only two games, but their parents and billets as well for their annual Parent Billet weekend. The hockey action resulted in a split, with a win over the Melville Millionaires on Friday, followed by a defeat at the hands of the Humboldt Broncos on Saturday.
The game against Melville saw a fast and furious start by the Mustangs that put them up 4-0 by the end of the first period. Braxx George opened the scoring with his first of the year, assisted by Dakota Boutin. Braxx found the scoresheet again, when he and Jaxon Joseph assisted Andrew Thompson on the power play for the Mustangs second goal. Miles Warkentine would less than a minute later, also on the power play with the assist going to Boutin. This third goal came after 7 total shots, 10 minutes into the frame. Melville elected to change out their goaltender, but Kalem Zary still managed to net another goal before the end of the third, with assist going to Miles Warkentine and Jarrod Isley. The second period saw half as many goals, but they were still all in Melfort’s favour. Zary got his second goal with help from Rock Ruschkowski and Reed Gunville. With 26 seconds left in the period Tanner Zentner would score Melfort’s final goal of the game, with assists going to Sam Houston and Braxx George. Evan Plotnik was one shot away from being flawless on the night, but former Mustang Teal Sobkowicz managed to slip one past three quarters of the way through the third period.
Saturday night saw the Humboldt Broncos come to town, and Melfort couldn’t reproduce their quick start from the night before. In fact, both of Melfort’s goals came in the third period, and both of them came from Kalem Zary. Reed Gunville assisted both, while Rock Ruschkowski and Tanner Zentner managed one assist each. The game ended as 5-2, with Humboldt’s fifth goal coming on an empty net.
After the game on Saturday the Mustangs put on a little shootout for their parents and billets that were in attendance. Tyler Heidt, Matthew Hermary, and Tanner Zentner tied for second place, while home town kid Matt Goudy claimed top spot in front of family and friends. The Mustangs will be back in action Thursday December 8th, when the Estevan Bruins come to Melfort.