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Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Handshakes in the Battlefords

By Branden Crowe, 03/05/13, 2:00AM CST


Mustangs advance with a sweep over the Stars

Melfort Mustangs 4   Battlefords North Stars 3
(Mustangs win best-of-five series 3-0)

It wasn't pretty at times, but the Melfort Mustangs advanced to the North Division Semi-Final with a 4-3 win over the Battlefords North Stars last night.

The win sweep's the best-of-five series three games to zero.

Brandon Formosa broke a 3-3 deadlock with 2:03 remaining in the game to put the Mustangs up for good and launch them into the final eight.

The night didn't start so hot for the Mustangs who allowed the Stars to jump out to a 1-0 lead just 1:53 into the game.

Godric Tham would even things up midway through the frame with his 2nd goal of the series in one of just eleven first period shots for the Mustangs.

Logan Sceviour and Austin Evans would exchange 2nd period goals in what was a period largely dominated by the Stars.

Godric Tham's 2nd of the night came midway through the final frame to put the Mustangs up 3-2 before Josh Betinol slipped one under the pad of Wilkins on the power play to even things up.

With just over two minutes left, Cole Hyrsky chased down a loose puck in the corner and without looking, fired a backhand pass right onto the tape of Brandon Formosa who went bar down on Connor Creech for the eventual game winner.

Creech would end up with 24 saves in his final SJHL game while Jesse Wilkins earned 1st star honors once again making 34 stops for the win.

The Mustangs went 1/4 on the power play or 4/14 in the series, while the Stars went 1/6 on the night and 1/11 in the series.

This was the first playoff series victory for the Mustangs since the 2010/2011 when they defeated Humboldt 4-2.

The Mustangs now face Humboldt in a  seven game series that will follow a 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 format due to their proximity.

Game one is likely to be schedule for Friday night at the E.P.A.

Stay tuned to CK750 and 105 CJVR this week for a full playoff schedule including the Nipawin Hawks and Flin Flon Bombers.