The third annual SJHL/MJHL Showcase came to a close last night with a strong representation from the Melfort Mustangs. This year the club sent 9 players to participate in the showcase that pits three SJHL teams against 3 MJHL teams.
Team Kunitz(SJHL) was made up of Head Coach Trevor Blevins, Goaltender Shawn Parkinson, Forwards Tian Rask, Kenzie Arnold, Kyle Bosch and Defencemen Nolan Kadachuk and Alex Rondeau. Team Kunitz split their two games, first defeating Team Belfour(MJHL) 1-0. Tian Rask picked up an assist on the lone goal of the game. On day 2 Kunitz dropped a 4-3 decision to Team Zajac(MJHL). Shawn Parkinson was spectacular in net making 25 saves, quite a few high profile ones. Offensively Tian Rask chipped in with a goal, Nolan Kadachuk picked up 2 assists and Alex Rondeau also added an assist. Kyle Bosch and Kenzie Arnold had a pair of solid days, chipping in on the same line as Rask.
Team Schwartz(SJHL) also had Mustangs as Goaltender Tanner Martin, Forward Ben Tkachuk and Defenceman Lucas Ochitwa took part in the showcase. Day 1 Team Schwartz lost a 5-2 game to Team Garbutt(MJHL). Tanner Martin made 29 stops in the contest and even picked up an assist on the teams second goal of the game! The second day was much better for Schwartz. They met Garbutt again in the rematch and this time got some revenge winning 8-6. Ben Tkachuk led the way with 2 goals and 1 assist in the game. For his efforts he was even named Player of the Game. A pretty big deal for a 2002 born forward playing in a game of all 2001 born and younger players. Lucas Ochitwa was also great on the back end. Despite not scoring Ochitwa played great defensively, moved pucks up to the skilled forwards and laid some solid hits.
Following the showcase the Mustangs returned home. They get one more day of practice as a team today, before heading out on the road. The team will travel to Battleford to play the first placed stars tomorrow. Then Saturday they head to Kindersley to play the Klippers. It will be Kyle Bosch and Austin Naults first games back in Kindersley since being traded from the Klippers earlier this season. Both games can be heard on 750 Beach Radio, Mat Barrett will have the call!