Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Mustangs open home stand with Red Wings

The Melfort Mustangs(8-4-1-0) will open a busy home stretch with a meeting against the Weyburn Red Wings(5-7-1-0) tonight. It’s the second meeting of the season between Melfort and Weyburn. Game time is 7:30pm from the Northern Lights Palace.

Mustang Review: The Mustangs are coming off a 2-game 2-night swing down South this past weekend. The Melfort boys dropped a 5-1 decision to the Estevan Bruins on Friday, before beating the Weyburn Red Wings 5-3 on Saturday night. The Mustangs have done a good job keeping pace with Flin Flon and Nipawin, but with 3 home games this week, they have an opportunity to make a real push for top spot in the Sher-Wood Division.

Melfort – Weyburn: Tonight is the second meeting of the season between the Mustangs and Red Wings. You don’t have to look to back very far to find the only matchup. Saturday night the Mustangs fell behind to the Red Wings, but pulled it out late in the third picking up a big road win and 2 points heading home. Carson Albrecht led the way with 2 goals. Tanner Zentner, Justin Ball and Kenzie Arnold also had multi point nights as they had 2 assists each. Hunter Arps only faced 22 shots but made 19 saves for the win. Last season, they split 4 games right down the middle. With both Melfort and Weyburn going 2-1-1-0 in the season series.

2018-19 Season Series: 

Melfort – 5 @ Weyburn – 3, Oct 20 2018

Weyburn @ Melfort, Oct 23 2018

Weyburn @ Melfort, Nov 27 2018

Melfort @ Weyburn, Jan 26 2019

Players to Watch: 

Cade Kowalski – Kowalski has enjoyed a ton of success to start the season. He’s leading the Red Wings in scoring with 6 goals and 14 assists. His 20 points have him 9th in league scoring.

Ben Hiltz – Like Kowalski, Hiltz is off to a great start offensively. His 10 goals lead the Weyburn Red Wings and 17 points have him second behind only Kowalski. It’s no secret that the Red Wing offence relies on these two.

Justin Ball – Ball leads the Mustangs in both goals and points this season. His 13 goals are 3rd in the SJHL, and his 23 points have him 4th across the entire league.

Kenzie Arnold – Since coming to Melfort, Arnold has found the score sheet on currently the best pace of his SJHL career.  Having only played 6 games, his 9 points already rank 5th among Mustangs and his Points Per Game pace(1.50) ranks only 2nd behind Justin Ball. Adding Arnold has added extra depth to the Mustangs lineup and has solidified some scoring on the second line.

Tonight’s game begins at 7:30pm from the Northern Lights Palace. There will be no radio broadcast night.