Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mustangs Win Heated Affair With North Stars:

Jay Aasen scored a powerplay goal and had an assist while Godric Tham had two goals in a 5-2 win for the Mustangs last night on home ice over the Battlefords North Stars.

The game featured a chance for Melfort to congratulate the MUCC Comets on their 9-man provincial Football title that they won last weekend, so again; Congrats boys!

Battlefords outshot the 'Stangs 32-25, with 16 of those shots coming in the 3rd period. Patrick Johnson was spectacular in net, stopping all but two of those shots. At the other end, it was rookie Ryan Rewerts making his debut after being called up from the SMAAAHL. He would stop 20 of 24 shots in his SJHL debut.

Kyle Hall opened the scoring for the Stars before Jay Aasen zinged a wrister past Rewerts after Blake Young took a tripping penalty. 4 minutes later, it was one of the games top players Brennan Bosovich who scored his 7th of season after splitting the D and breaking in on a mini-breakaway.

There would then be scoring until the 3rd period, but there would be one tilt in the middle frame, when ex-North Okanagan Knight Ben Greenaway dropped the mitts with Mustangs' Cody Brown. Both players have size and strength but the two went down together after only a few hard punches connected.

In the 3rd, Godric Tham would beat Rewerts putting Melfort up 3-1 but just over a minute later Battlefords went to work. Blake Young went low blocker as he flew in to the zone, beating Johnson for a 3-2 deficit. Young would then take a 4-minute high sticking penalty and for the second time on the night, the Mustangs would score with him in the box. This time it was Godric Tham, on a beautiful play set up by Logan Sceviour and Matt Saunderson. With a 4-2 lead, the Mustangs had to play 5-on-6 for the final two minutes, but Brandon Sloan sealed the deal with an empty netter.

With the win, the Mustangs are now 8-12-0-1 and have a chance to win their 4th home game of the season on Friday night when the Humboldt Broncos visit the Palace. You can catch that game on CK750 and online at yourtownnews.ca with Branden Crowe, who will have the call.

The Stars fell to 8-11-0-0 on the season, and sit 1 point back of the Mustangs in the Bauer Conference.

Notes: Avery Van Blaricom, ex-Mustang, played last night's game with the North Stars as an AP call up, and in limited ice time was effective with the puck. I guess this means he won't be a special guest on the broadcast for a while! Also was very nice to see Bosovich play the way he did, he was the stand out player in my eyes. Tham also had his best game of the year and looked like his confidence with the puck grew exponentially. Patrick Johnson and Jesse Wilkins must make up one of the best duos in the league, and Johnson is property of the Saskatoon Blades and with the way he is playing I wouldn't be surprised if he gets called up to the WHL during the World Juniors as their starter, Andrey Makarov, will be with Russia.

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