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Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Game Day! Mustangs travel to La Ronge!

By Jaret Schneider, 10/01/19, 9:45AM CST

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For the second time this year the Melfort Mustangs will head to La Ronge to meet the Ice Wolves. Following a 6-4 win in La Ronge on Sept 17th, the Mustangs have rattled off 6 straight wins through the end of September. Looking to carry the streak into October the Mustangs will head north once again.

The La Ronge Ice Wolves have had an up and down start to the 2019-20 season. Picking up back to back wins at the SJHL showcase in Warman, 4-2 over Kindersley, and 3-2 over Melville, the Ice Wolves looked to have found the winning way for the first time this season. But following a pair of losses to Battlefords over the weekend the Ice Wolves are sitting 2-7-0-0 on the season. Daylon Mannon leads the Wolves in scoring this season, with 6 goals and 7 assists for 13 points, Mannon sits tied for 4th in the entire SJHL. Liam McGarva and Steven Bacovsky have each played 4 games between the pipes. Each have a win and boast similar numbers as they battle for the starting spot.

The Melfort Mustangs carry a 6 game win streak into tonight’s contest. With back to back wins over Notre Dame on the weekend the Mustangs have now made a push up the SJHL Standings and now sit in 3rd. Led by Kenzie Arnold up front with 13 points. The Mustangs have a very balanced attack this season and have scoring in bunches.

Current SJHL Rookie of the Week Ben Tkachuk has been recognized for his play. With 1 goal and 3 assists in 3 games the 2002-born Mustang forward picked up his first ROTW honors. Ben registered his first points as a SJHLer this past week. It started on Tuesday morning when he set up a goal in a win over Yorkton.  He did the same thing on Friday, on home ice, as the Mustangs defeated Notre Dame.  Then to finish off the home and home set, Tkachuk had a goal and an assist, at Wilcox as the Mustangs posted yet another victory.

 In net, Shawn Parkinson earned the SJHL Goaltender of the Week award. Parkinson backstopped the Mustangs to a pair of victories. Parkinson turned away 32-shots last Tuesday morning in a 6-2 win over the Yorkton Terriers and then he got the call again on Saturday night and allowed only a third period shorthanded goal in a 3-1 win over the Notre Dame Hounds.  For the season, Parkinson is 4-and-2 with a 2.18-GAA and .935-Save Percentage.

Tonight’s game can be heard live on Beach Radio at 7:15pm with puck drop at 7:30pm. It also can be seen on Hockey TV tonight. Following tonight the Mustangs return home to host the Humboldt Broncos on Friday!

Photo Credit: Broad Leaf Media