The Melfort Mustangs salvaged a weekend home-and-home series against the Flin Flon Bombers with a 6-3 win Saturday in northern Manitoba.
The Bombers downed Melfort 6-4 at the Northern Lights Palace Friday.
Drew Warketine opened the scoring near the seven-minute mark of the first period giving the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. Tanner Zentner and Loch Morrison assisted on Warketine’s seventh goal of the year. Reed Gunville scored his first of two goals on the evening just past the halfway point of the first period to make the score 2-0. Morrison assisted on the goal, as did Kalem Zary. Brandson Hein cut the Mustangs’ lead to 2-1 in the first period but Ben Allen notched his fifth of the year restoring Melfort’s two-goal lead before the first intermission.
Flin Flon’s Calvon Boots brought the Bombers back within a goal 4:12 into the second period and Nate Hooper tied the game at 3-3 before the middle period concluded.
The Mustangs bucked from the chute in the third period; Morrison scored his 18th of the season making the game 4-3. Gunville rifled his second of the night from Colin Schmidt and Morrison at 16:50 and Allen put his sixth into an empty net from Gunville to cap the scoring.
Evan Plotnik won his SJHL leading 21st game making 27 saves. Brenden Newton suffered the loss allowing five goals on 35 Melfort offerings.
The Mustangs are 33-11-4-1 on the season, nine points behind the Nipawin Hawks for first place in their division. The Bombers return to the Northern Lights Palace Friday, Feb. 16 for the next Mustangs action.
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