By Craig Stein
(Photo courtesy: Clark Stork)
The Nipawin Hawks opened up a four point lead at the top of the SJHL Sherwood Division Friday, edging the Melfort Mustangs 2-1 on the road to kick off their Pre-Christmas home-and-home.
Shots were 38-26 in favour of the Mustangs (23-9-2-0) but Declan Hobbs returned to the Hawks’ lineup making 37/38 saves for the win. Hobbs now has a 1.72 GAA, .944% on the year and was just seven minutes away from his sixth shutout.
After a scoreless first period, Logan Moon’s first SJHL 11:11 into the second period opened things up for the Hawks (25-9-1-1). Jeremy Bisson added some insurance early in the third period before Melfort’s Alex Rondeau got them on the board to round out the scoring.
Mustang forward Justin Ball’s goal scoring streak came to an end at 13 games, but he did pick up an assist on Rondeau’s marker, extending his point streak to 32 games.
Melfort is now four points back of Nipawin but have two games in hand. They’ll cap the home-and-home, and the SJHL Pre-Christmas schedule Saturday in Nipawin.