Melfort Mustangs 7 Battlefords North Stars 4
(Melfort leads the best of five series 2-0)
After an impressive 4-1 win on the road on Friday night the Melfort Mustangs were looking for a repeat effort on home ice in game two of the SJHL’s North Division Survivor Series.
With over 900 rowdy fans on hand to the Mustangs laid an egg in the open five minutes. Two quick Stars goals, one from Braeden Johnson and one from Brody Luhning put the Mustangs back on their heels in a hurry.
Luckily for Melfort, they were granted three powerplay’s in the first period and Jarrett Zentner finished off a beautiful passing play to cut in to the Stars lead and send the Stangs to the room down 2-1.
Early in the 2nd, Logan Sceviour blocked a shot and went in on a partial breakaway and snapped home his 2nd of the playoffs to tie the game back up at 2.
The Stars came on strong after that and dominated the play firing 22 shots on Jesse Wilkins in the period and only managed to score once off a pinball shot from Austin Evans.
With less than ten seconds left in the 2nd frame Brandon Parrone ripped a shot from the point that hit a leg and landed right onto the stick of Brandon Sloan who potted it into the gaping cage to send the teams to the room tied at three.
The Mustangs came out flying in the 3rd period and Cole Hyrsky notched a pair of goals in a matter of three minutes to give the Mustangs a 5-3 lead.
A minute and fifteen seconds later Godric Tham got a nice bounce and walked in alone and buried his 1st of the playoffs to give the Mustangs a 6-3 lead.
Cue the rough stuff.
Rookie Bryden Serafini and Ben Greenaway squared off in one of the most spirited tilts I have ever seen in my hockey career. Both men were throwing absolute bombs and both went down in a heap after landing some good shots. Both players were treated by EMT’s and the extent of their injuries is unknown.
Six minutes later Brody Luhning and Jarrett Zentner went toe-to-toe at centre ice with Zentner getting the majority of the shots in . Luhning left the ice furious…. Likely with himself as he knew he had lost the fight.
Battlefords wasn’t done just yet as Kyle Schmidt rifled home a laser seeing eye shot to cut the lead to 6-4 but it was Logan Sceviour launching a 130 foot hail mary into the open cage that would seal the deal.
The Mustangs went ¼ on the powerplay while the Stars went 0/3.
Jesse Wilkins made 38 saves on the night while Connor Creech was pulled after allowing 6 goals on 28 shots.
Casey Parker made one stop in 8:35 of playing time.
The Mustangs now lead the series 2-0 and will head back to the Battlefords on Monday night.
Game time is 7:30.
The CK750 pre-game show begins at 7:15.
The game will also be broadcast on Access 7 TV.
MBN co-producer Mark Zosel did some digging after the game and was interested in how quickly the Mustangs turned around their powerplay.
At one point this season the Mustangs were ranked 2nd last in the entire country.
Melfort’s PP in the last 10 games of the regular season.
Which works out to 11 for 38 or 28.9%.
Considering the Mustangs power play was anemic and they were last play for most of the season they have caught fire.
They moved up to 8th in the league with a power play of 15.2% for the whole season. Melville has the best power play for the whole season of 21.9%.
Now in two playoff games they are 3 for 10 or 30%.