The Melfort Mustangs have now lost three of their first four games of the 2019 calendar year.
On Friday, Jan. 11, the Mustangs fell 5-3 to the Flin Flon Bombers.
The first period was a good one for the Mustangs, they seemed to control puck possession and dictate most of the play. That paid off as Colin Schmidt scored on the powerplay, to make it 1-0, just over eight minutes in. Schmidt said he enjoys playing the Bombers.
"They're just fun to play against." Schmidt said. "I get up more for these games, they're a bigger team, and I like the challenge. [Carson] Albrecht made a nice pass and I thought pass first, but then I saw the opening, so I took the shot."
Schmidt's goal was answered by the Bombers just a minute later as Chrystopher Collin notched his 12th goal of the season. The Mustangs outshot the Bombers 13-8 in the period but remained tied after one period of play.
Melfort began the second period hard, but got into some penalty trouble in the last 10 minutes of the period, taking a pair of 10-minute misconducts. That lead the Bombers to score a pair of goals in the frame. Donavan Houle-Villeneuve scored at even strength, while Calvon Boots tallied a powerplay goal for the Bombers as they went into the second intermission with a 3-1 lead.
The Mustangs came out flying once again in the third period firing everything they could at Bombers goaltender Jacob Delorme, but couldn't seem to beat him, yet at the 12:40 mark of the frame, Isaac Jackson fired a shot from the point that found a tiny hole to beat Mustang netminder Shawn Parkinson to make it 4-1 Bombers.
Melfort came back with some energy as they finally beat Delorme on the powerplay when Kenzie Arnold cleaned up a rebound in front of the net to bring the deficit back to two goals. Melfort had the goalie pulled for extended periods of time in the last four minutes or so, and the Bombers capitalized when Houle-Villeneuve fired the puck into the empty net to make it 5-2. The Mustangs answered again with 41 seconds to play, courtesy of Nolan Kadachuk, but time would run out for them as they fell 5-3.
Schmidt said that flipped a switch in the third.
"We had a bad second stretch theire in the second, but we responded, and cut her close." Schmidt told northeastNOW. He added that the team will be better Saturday.
"We've just got to work on some little things." Schmidt said. "We'll come back at them harder, and more competitive.
Jacob Delorme was phenomenal for the Bombers as he stopped 39 of 42 shots he faced, including 17 saves on 19 shots in the third period.
The Mustangs will have a chance for revenge Saturday, Jan. 12 as they head to Flin Flon for a battle at the Whitney Forum. The game can be heard on CK750 with Winmar Tisdale SJHL Hockey getting underway at 7:15 p.m.
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