By Craig Stein
The Melfort Mustangs ran their winning streak to seven straight games, and true to form, they gave up just one goal in the process, making it six games in a row that they’ve allowed just one.
This time, it was a joint effort in goal. Hunter Arps got the start, making 11 saves on 12 shots in the first period, but Shawn Parkinson was in the rest of the way, stopping all 20 shots he faced in 40 minutes of work, running his personal numbers to 4-0, 0.82, .968%.
The Ice Wolves (6-19-0-0) scored first, as Daunte Fortner opened the scoring just 2:30 in.
Justin Ball’s 22nd of the season tied the game before the period was out, and Ball finished with a goal and an assist, giving him five goals during a four game goal scoring streak, and running his point streak to an amazing 22 games.
Kenzie Arnold, Tanner Zentner (1g-1a) and Carson Albrecht also scored for the Mustangs (17-6-1-0).
Joel Gryzbowski made 31/32 saves and the Battlefords North Stars defeated the Weyburn Red Wings 3-1.
The Stars (14-8-1-3) are now into 2nd spot in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division, one point up on Kindersley. They scored once in every period as Ryan Granville, Ryan Gil and Owen Lamb all found the net. Lamb already has 14 goals, after he scored 5 while playing in all 58 games a season ago.
Cody Levesque made 39/41 saves and defenseman Jevon Schwean scored for the Red Wings (8-14-2-0).