Another classic showdown between the Melfort Mustangs and Nipawin Hawks, as the two rivals meet at the Northern Lights Palace on Wednesday evening.
The Hawks dropped both games of their recent home & home series against Humboldt, while the Mustangs haven’t played since a strong 8-3 victory over Yorkton last Wednesday.
Mustangs Head Coach and GM Trevor Blevins says the win over the Terriers showed the team’s growth on offence.
“I thought we really came out with a hard effort,” Blevins says. “We did what we have to do to generate some quality chances and took advantage. Just had a much better job too in our end, I thought in the hard areas we really controlled them and handled the forecheck really well.”
Nipawin has held the hot hand during their four meetings of the season, with the Hawks winning three out of four to this point in the season.
Blevins adds recent AP call-up Tyson Meyers has been a sparkplug at both ends of the ice.
“He does bring that compete level and brings some energy to our lineup,” he says. “I thought he did a great job for all three games. Each game he got better and better which was nice to see, hopefully helps his confidence to finish the year and set him up for next year.”
Some new additions could be in the lineup for the Hawks, after acquiring Keegan Milligan and Tanner Reynolds and adding Brandan Arnold back to the organization’s fold.
Blevins says the Hawks present a tough test after their week-long break.
“They’re going to be hungry,” he says. “They came off a tough one and we’re going to have to make sure we’re ready for their response. The one thing about Nipawin is they forecheck hard, they compete hard, and they have a lot of edge to their game. So, we’re going to have to match that in order to be successful.”
We’ll carry tonight’s game live on Rosetown Mainline SJHL Hockey on CK750, starting with the pre-game show at 7:15 pm.
One other game tonight sees the Melville Millionaires play host to the Estevan Bruins.