A lot has been said about the Melfort Mustangs strong group on the back end and rightfully so, they have allowed the fewest goals against in the entire league.
But, what about the team’s forward group? While far behind the offensive juggernauts in Flin Flon and the Battlefords, Melfort’s goal production is in the top part of the league and 20-year-old forward Tyson Meyers has scored the second most goals on the Mustangs with 12 in 33 games.
The 5-foot-10, 173-pound hometown product has set personal bests in goals this year along with points with 23 and should he play in both ends of this weekend’s doubleheader against the Nipawin Hawks he will have set a new standard for games played in a season during his three-year junior career.
Meyers had 20 points in 34 games last year and added four more in 14 post-season tilts when Melfort marched its way to the league final before succumbing to the Battlefords North Stars. In his rookie season with the Mustangs two years ago, Myers had chipped in with 16 points in 32 contests.
Those numbers were about on par to what he produced during two full seasons with the Battlefords Stars of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League when he totalled 11 goals and 23 assists in 76 games. His first season of midget hockey was largely spent with the North East Wolf Pack when he accumulated 13 points in 19 games after playing a pair of games with the SMAAAHL’s Prince Albert Mintos.
Often overlooked when studying a player’s attributes is leadership and with Meyers being named captain this season it clearly shows that he is someone the coaching staff and team are leaning on in ways other than statistical results.
The Mustangs are in a battle for playoff positioning and as the stretch run begins they will be looking towards players like Meyers for more leadership and production to help them get into the top four and gain home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs. Meyers’ experience will certainly be an asset as they try and achieve that goal.