The Flin Flon Bombers outduelled the Mustangs in Melfort Friday night skating to a 6-4 victory.
The Mustangs are now 32-11-4-1 on the season with 69 points, still comfortably in fourth place overall in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) standings.
Looking for back-to-back wins this week, the Mustangs got off to a fast start as Kalem Zary scored his eighth goal of the season not even two minutes into the first period. Flin Flon would tie the game before the opening period ended when Chystopher Collin beat Evan Plotnik at 12:04.
Nate Hooper provided Flin Flon with a 2-1 lead just past the halfway point of the game. Melfort’s Colin Schmidt reached the 20-goal plateau at the 11:57 point of the middle period tying the game 2-2. Melfort product Beau Stevenson scored his second career SJHL goal in his second game. The 18-year-old currently plays for the Yorkton Maulers of the Saskatchewan AAA Midget Hockey League. The Bombers’ Ethan Daniels tied the game 3-3 before the second intermission.
Collin scored just 10 seconds into the third period, giving Flin Flon a 4-3 lead. Brandson Hein opened a two-goal Bomber cushion at 4:04 of the third period. Schmidt scored his 21st of the year and fourth in his last five games cutting the lead to 5-4. Melfort’s comeback attempt fell short with Hooper’s second goal into an empty net with Hunter Arps on the bench for an extra attacker.
Arps stopped all five shots he faced in the Mustang net, Evan Plotnik started for Melfort allowing five goals on 21 shots. The 20-year-old was pulled after Hein’s goal. Brenden Newton made 34 saves on 38 Mustang shots in the victory.
The teams will meet again Saturday in Flin Flon.
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