Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hawks Win First Half Of Home-And-Home:

Lichtenwald is back! Can't wear 71 though!
Tayler Balog scored late in the 3rd period and added a power play assist on Ben Johnstone's goal that made it 2-0 en route to a Nipawin Hawks victory on New Years Eve in Melfort, 4-0 at the Northern Lights Palace.

Davis Jones picked up his 3rd shutout of the season, making 18 stops for the win, while Jesse Wilkins made 21 in the losing effort.

With the loss, the Mustangs are now on a 5 game losing streak and their record sits at 12-19-1-1, 3 points back of 5th in the Bauer Conference.

The Hawks are now 17-11-1-4 and a second win over Melfort tonight could see them pull within 3 points of the Humboldt Broncos for 2nd in the Conference.

Arti Kalashnikov scored the games opening goal late in the opening period off a wrist shot just seconds after a faceoff win. Dustin Skilliter also added a single in the middle frame to make it a 3-0 lead.

Both teams powerplays were ineffective for the most part, with Nipawin going 1/7 and Melfort 0/6 on the man advantage.

Shots were 25-18 in the contest.

The two clubs rematch at 7:30 tonight at the Centennial Arena in Nipawin, the same barn where the Mustangs picked up 2 points the last time around. You can catch the pregame show on CK750 beginning at 7:15 with Branden Crowe.

Head Coach Doug Johnson announced that Eli Lichtenwald, a one time winner of the SJHL Rookie of the Year, will be returning to Nipawin this week after spending two seasons with the USHL's Omaha Lancers.

The Melfort Mustangs raffled off their 25th anniversary Ford Mustang, as well as debuted a new 3rd jersey, sporting green sweaters with blue trim and a 25th anniversary logo on the front.

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