The Melfort Mustangs began an important five game home-stand with an important 3-2 win over the Sherwood Division leading Flin Flon Bombers on Wednesday, February 13. Kyle Bosch scored the winning goal with 1:49 remaining in the game.
“We needed that one and then we have got to take one Saturday and then we have got three more at home after that. It’s a big home stretch,” Bosch said after the game on Wednesday.
The Mustangs played the Melville Millionaires on Saturday, February 15 but due to holiday deadlines results were not available.
The Mustangs continued the home-stand when the Estevan Bruins are in Melfort on Tuesday, February 18, results were also not available.
They conclude the home-stand next weekend when the Notre Dame Hounds are in Melfort on Friday, February 21 and the Weyburn Red Wings are at the Northern Lights Palace on Saturday, February 22.
The Mustangs led 1-0 after the first period and the game was tied 2-2 after the second period.
Alex Rondeau and Seth McCullough scored the other Melfort goals. Bosch then scored the winner on an unassisted breakaway goal that even he can’t explain.
“I honestly don’t know I blocked it and kind of just turned my feet on and blocked that guy out and then I just shot it and it went in,” Bosch said.
“Finally we get a bounce that goes our way,” he added.
The late win seemingly broke the Mustangs streak of bad luck with overtime in the New Year. Since February 1 alone the Mustangs have lost three games in overtime.
“For sure (it was a big win) especially not going to overtime. We have had too many of that, we just needed a win before playoffs and we are good,” Bosch said.
Donovan Houle-Villeneuve and Tristan Lemyre responded for the Bombers.
The Mustangs’ Shawn Parkinson made 27 saves; Jacob Delorme of the Bombers made 28 saves.
Bosch, who was acquired on November 24 along with forward Austin Nault, has found the transition easy to Melfort after playing three years for his hometown Kindersley Klippers for three years.
“It was nice playing at home for three and a half years but it has been really great here. The guys are all really good and I know we have a chance to win it here,” he said.
The win pushes the Mustangs, as of Friday, February 14, into third place in the Sherwood Division with a record of 25-16-6-3 with 59 points, ahead of the La Ronge Ice Wolves with an identical 59 points by the tie-breaker. They are a single point behind the second place Nipawin Hawks.
The Mustangs sit in fifth place overall in the SJHL as of February 14.