The Weyburn Red Wings came in to Melfort on Saturday night with not much confidence, riding a 3 game losing slide and coming off an 11-4 loss to Nipawin.
The Mustangs, on the other hand, were coming back from a 2-1 win on Wednesday after Humboldt gave them 2 losses last weekend.
Led by Brandon Sloan and Brandon Formosa, the Mustangs improved their record to 5-5-0-0 with a 6-3 win over the Wings at the Northern Lights Palace.
Goric Tham opened the scoring late in the 1st when he picked a Weyburn d-man of the puck and picked his spot on netminder Brett Teskey. And then before I could even get my notes written, they went right back in off the faceoff and capitalized on a 2-on-1. Jarret Zentner and Sloan drew assists on Formosa's 2nd of the year and 1st of the night. Outshooting Weyburn 13-12 in the 1st, the Mustangs took a 2 goal lead to the break.
5 minutes in to the 2nd, with Branden Ganz and Cody Fiala in the box, Jay Aason would score a point shot off a one-touch pass play by Logan Sceviour and Tham. 3 minutes later, the Zentner-Formosa-Sloan line got another one, with Formosa notching his 2nd. With shots 27-14 at that point, the Mustangs kept coming making it 5-0 when Cody Brown moved the puck up to a shorthanded Landon Belchamber who stopped up just below the top of circle and defined top corner for the 646 strong at the Palace. Austin Rosselain got Weyburn on the board with a side of the net wraparound that slipped through the legs of Patrick Johnson, who made some wonderful saves in all 3 periods. Just over a minute later, the Mustangs top line added another, this time it was Brandon Sloan with his line mates getting assists. The game was 6-1 after 2 and the Mustangs had a shot advantage of 28-18.
The 3rd period wouldn't have too much of anything, minus the Red Wings finding their groove. They scored 2 goals 27 seconds apart from Lane Harbor and Brendon Wilde. The Mustangs settled their game down and both teams played a hard fought period with not too much rough stuff at all, minus a few hits and scrums. Shots on net in their 3rd favored the Red Wings, meaning that despite their 2-8-0-0 record, they have only been outshot in all 3 periods once this season, in a loss in the 3rd game against Flin Flon. Final score was 6-3 and the Mustangs did the salute at center to thank their fans.
With the win, the Mustangs now sit 1 point back of the Humboldt Broncos for 2nd in the Bauer Conference, while the loss drops the Red Wings to 2-8-0-0 and leaves them 1 point back of Estevan for 2nd last in the Sherwood Conference.
Next up for the Mustangs is a Thursday night battle with Yorkton down at the Palace. Puck drop is 7:30 and the game can be heard online at melfortmustangs.com on the Mustang Broadcast Network.