Friday, February 15, 2013

Mustangs Welcome Berg And Hawks:

 Carter Berg played 153 regular season games with the Melfort Mustangs logo on the front of his chest, and tonight, for the first time ever he will play in a game against the team that named him Captain prior to the 2012/2013 season.

Since Berg's arrival, the Hawks are 10-2-1 and he has scored a goal and added five assists. To add to that, his first 5 games saw him record 0 points; therefore in 8 games since he is nearly at a point per game.

David Heath will also be playing against his former team, and a coach that gave him a shot at being a solid Junior A player. Heath will be a very key figure in the 'Stangs success for years to come and for him, a strong performance against Nipawin tonight will be big for him.

The big picture will also be important tonight, as the Melfort Mustangs eye up the final playoff spot in the North Conference. The Nipawin Hawks are also doing some eyeing up- on 2nd spot in the Conference. Nipawin currently leads Flin Flon by 4 points and the Mustangs are tied with La Ronge with 3 games in hand.

Melfort is 2-5-1 in their last 8, but need just 2 wins to get themselves in to the Survivor Series. Things are hot in Nipawin, they've won 4 in a row and 9 of their last 10. The season series between these two teams has been all but friendly; with the Hawks winning 3 of 4, with 1 of those wins being in a shootout. Nipawin has scored 13 while Melfort has scored 10, with 3 of Melfort's 10 goals coming on the man advantage(Nipawin had 1 PPG).

The Mustangs have struggled to find consistency all season long, but when they show up they have proven that they can compete, or out-compete, any team in the SJHL. With points getting more and more important, look for Melfort to come out hard, get pucks on net and try and bring their home crowd to it's feet. Last time out, in Wednesday's OT loss to La Ronge, the 'Stangs played in front of a season-best crowd of 882. Tonight, two arch rivals face off and that number may be even higher, so if you're coming BE READY TO MAKE SOME NOISE!

For the Hawks, the game plan is fairly simple. Keep it basic, direct pucks on net and play physical. This is a very talented Hawks team that has a great blend of grit and skill, and if they can use both aspects consistently then this is a Hawks team that might even give Humboldt a run for it's money in the standings, let alone the playoffs.

Gametime at the Northern Lights Palace is 7:30, but Branden Crowe will have the CK750 broadcast just in case you can't make it to the rink. You can catch that beginning with the pregame show at 7:15. All broadcasts are available online at YourTownNews.ca.

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