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Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Mustangs Set For Estevan

By Michael Oleksyn - Melfort Journal, 09/24/13, 3:15PM CST


Solid Split on Opening Weekend


Sep 24, 2013 - The Melfort Mustangs opened their regular season with a split with the Flin Flon Bombers, winning 3-0 at the Northern Lights Palace on Friday and losing 2-0 at the Whitney Forum on Saturday.

The coaching staff was pleased with what the players showed in the opening weekend.

“Yeah at this point I think we are in shape, which is good, we have a lot of quickness and you can tell that guys are a year older and they are making good decisions. We definitely have a good foundation,” Mustangs’ coach Gavin Holcomb said.

“We would have liked to have won both of them. We thought it was a good start to the season and the game on Saturday could have gone either way. It’s nice to see what we have to work with at this point,” he added.

After the first weekend the Bombers and Mustangs sit tied for second in the Sherwood Division with identical records of 1-1-0-0 with two points.

“We liked how everybody played on Friday and on Saturday too. Like I said it could have gone either way we had our chances and just couldn’t beat (Devin) Buffalo up there,” Holcomb said.

Austin Rediron had a shutout in his first SJHL start in goal as the Melfort Mustangs won their home opener 3-0 over the Flin Flon Bombers on Friday, September 20.

“It was awesome,” Rediron said. “The boys played pretty good out there, they gave a solid effort. We came out strong,” Rediron added.

Rediron had his rights given up by the Bombers at the beginning of last season and felt like that was a measure of revenge.

“I played Junior B last year but I actually started out in Flin Flon, so I kind of have a few things against them, so it’s unbelievable,” Rediron said.

Rediron stopped all 33 shots that he faced in front of a packed Northern Lights Palace. Rediron was impressed by the crowd at the Northern Lights Palace and the way the team performed in front of him.

After opening weekend Rediron sits in third place in the SJHL with a 1.01 goals against average.

Ryan Keis scored in the first for Melfort, while Brandon Sloan scored in the second; Adam Fauchoux added an empty net goal late in the third to seal the victory.

Flin Flon’s Devin Buffalo stopped 33 shots as well in a losing cause.
On Saturday, September 21 Buffalo returned the favour as the Mustangs traveled   to Flin Flon   and were shut out 2-0 by the Bombers.

Buffalo made 39 saves to record the shut out. Dillan McCombie and Cameron Blair scored for the Bombers.

Rediron made 28 saves for the Mustangs for a second strong performance in a row.

The Mustangs are on the road this week beginning tonight (Tuesday, August 24) when they pay a visit to Estevan to play the Bruins.

On Wednesday, September 25 they play the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox. Melfort returns to home ice on Wednesday, October 2 when the Nipawin Hawks are in Melfort.

“To go to Estevan and go to Notre Dame they should be good games and we’re excited to get more games under our belt and bet a couple of wins,” Holcomb  said.