By Craig Stein
The Melfort Mustangs broke out of an eight game winless streak on Wednesday night, as a newcomer led the way in a 5-4 win over the visiting Kindersley Klippers.
In his first game with the Mustangs, former Humboldt Bronco Rock Ruschkowski scored twice, 2:18 apart, late in the third period. Ruschkowski was held off the scoresheet in four games with Humboldt this season, but had 13 points (6g-7a) in 51 games a year ago as a rookie.
Dakota Boutin (1g-2a) and Jaxon Joseph (1g-2a) each had three point nights while Justin Ball notched his first SJHL goal and Myles Warkentine added a pair of assists. Ryan Ternes made his first start in goal for the Mustangs (4-7-0-1), making 22/26 saves for the win.
Cole Plotnikoff (1g-1a), Branden Wagner, Ivan Vilcauskas and Josh Bly replied for the Klippers (5-4-0-0), who saw their four game winning streak come to a halt.
The Humboldt Broncos likely wouldn’t have a problem with Erik Gardiner staying a while. The 17-year-old Humboldt product, re-assigned by the Regina Pats last week, scored two goals in back to back games since coming to the Broncos, including two goals and an assist in Wednesday night’s 5-3 win over Flin Flon.
Gardiner now has 4 goals and 5 points in just two games. Daniel McKitrick (1g-2a) also had a three point night. Trevor Posch had a goal and an assist and Chris Van Os-Shaw added his 10th goal of the season. Michael Korol had a pair of assists, and Garrett Mason just keeps winning, making 31/34 saves, improving his record to 7-1-0-1, and the Broncos to 9-1-0-1.
The Bombers (6-3-1-1) had a pair of power play goals from Braden Lacoursiere, and an even strength marker from Connor Beebe, his first in the SJHL.
That kicked off a four game, five day road trip for Flin Flon, who travels to Estevan on Thursday. Elsewhere the Battlefords North Stars visit Notre Dame.