The Melfort Mustangs return home tonight to open a 5 game home stand against the Yorkton Terriers. The 5 game stretch is tied for the longest home stand of the season for the Mustangs.
For Melfort, they've started the month of November extremely strong. Following a loss to Flin Flon on Nov 1st the Mustangs have won 7 straight and have jumped all the way to top spot in the Sher-Wood Division because of it. With a 17-6-1-0 record on the season they currently sit in 2nd place in the SJHL trailing only the Humboldt Broncos. With 4 wins last week over Battlefords, Kindersley and La Ronge twice, the Mustangs nearly swept the SJHL players of the Week Awards. Justin Ball was named SJHL Player of the Week, while Carson Albrecht was named runner up! Jake Hobson took home SJHL Dman of the Week. Shawn Parkinson also got in on the weekly awards being named SJHL Goalie of the Week, thanks to a 3-0 record where he allowed only 2 goals against. The Mustangs will look to continue this hot streak with the next 5 games at home. They will meet Yorkton twice, Melville, Weyburn and Estevan over that stretch!
The Yorkton Terriers roll into Melfort tonight having won 3 straight games. Before beating Estevan, 8-4 and 4-2, the Terriers started their streak with a 4-3 shootout win over the Notre Dame Hounds. For Yorkton, that's moved them right to the top of the Viterra Division standings. They currently sit tied with the Bruins at 27 points, but to Yorkton's advantage, they have 6 games in hand on their rival Bruins. Jared Legien leads the team in scoring with 21 goals and 17 assists in just 22 games. He sits 3rd overall in the SJHL behind Melfort's Justin Ball and Flin Flon's Brandson Hein. Branden Klatt is second in team scoring with 30 points on the year.
For the first time all season the Melfort Mustangs have been recognized on the national stage. Melfort was wanked 19th in the CJHL top 20 weekly rankings this week thanks to a 17-6-1-0 record.
Tonight's game begins at 7:30pm from the Northern Lights Palace! There will be no broadcast on CK750 this evening. You can watch the game on HockeyTV if you can't make it to the rink!
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