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Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Melfort welcomes Notre Dame

By Jaret Schneider, 09/27/19, 10:15AM CST


The Melfort Mustangs take a 4 game win streak into tonight’s second home game of the season! Following two wins at the showcase in Warman on Sunday and Tuesday, the Mustangs open a home and home with Notre Dame tonight. Tonight’s game starts at 7:30pm from the Northern Lights Palace, tomorrows rematch goes from Wilcox Saskatchewan.

Riding a 4 game win streak the Melfort boys have made major strides in the standings early on. The 8 point week has seen the Mustangs move from the basement of the standings all the way up to 4th overall. Big wins over Notre Dame 5-1, and Yorkton 6-2 at the showcase have the Mustangs riding high into the weekend set. This will be the second and third meetings between the two teams, with the final meeting of the season happening in Melfort in late February.  

The recent addition of 2002-born Defenceman Dylan Ashe, is expected to make his season debut with the Mustangs. Ashe AP’d a single game for the Mustangs last year while he was with the Tisdale Trojans. He was a late cut at Lethbridge Hurricanes camp this week and almost stuck with the WHL team.  

Leading the Mustangs in scoring this season is Kenzie Arnold. Arnold had a few monster games this week and sits with 6 goals, 5 assists for 11 points in just 6 games. Arnold is in his final season of Junior Hockey and will look to continue the success tonight, he currently sits 4th in league scoring. Mustang Dmen Jake Hobson(7 Points), Nolan Kadachuk(7 Points), Alex Rondeau(6 Points) and Lucas Ochitwa(5 Points) have all showed the Mustang back end could be one of the best in the SJHL this season. All 4 Defenceman sit in the top 11 in scoring by defenceman early on, with Hobson and Kadachuk tied for second in the league.

The Notre Dame Hounds had a great start to the season winning their first trio of games. But since starting 3-0, they’ve dropped 2 straight and now look up at leaders the Battleford Northstars, in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division. They’ve been led by 2000-born Goalie Riley Kohonick. He has played all 5 games for the Hounds and has a 3-2 record with a 2.16 Goals Against Average and a .940 Save Percentage. Up front the Hounds have been getting their scoring as a team but leaders Jarrett Penner, Jake Dale and Hardy Wagner are tied with 4 points on the season.

Tonight’s game starts at 7:30pm and there will be no radio broadcast this evening. The rematch goes tomorrow in Notre Dame also at 7:30pm. Mat Barrett will have the call tomorrow on Reach Radio. It can also be seen on HockeyTV.