The Melfort Mustangs have gone back to back, winning a second straight SJHL Canalta Cup Championship after a 2-1 win in Game 6 in Flin Flon Sunday night.
After a scoreless first period, the Mustangs were forced to play from behind in a raucous environment, as the Bombers opened the scoring, sending a packed Whitney Forum into a frenzy. Their leading scorer Alex Smith found the net first at 7:05 of the second period. Smith finished the playoffs with seven goals and 21 points in 16 games.
Travis Mayan tied it up for Melfort seven minutes later, and it was 1-1 after forty minutes. It stayed that way until the Mustangs got a late powerplay and Wyatt Hinson buried the winner with just 3:35 left. Hinson had four goals and 10 points in the regular season, and followed that up with six goals and nine points in the post-season.
In goal, Richard Palmer won his third game in as many consecutive starts, making 46/47 saves, going 3-0, 1.25 GAA, .968% in the finals. At the other end Zac Robidoux was also stellar, making 31/33 saves.
Mayan was named the SJHL playoff MVP, finishing with 12-goals and 23-points in 17-games. In his post-season career Mayan had 51-points (25g-26a) in 37 games. In total, 203 games (regular season + playoffs), Mayan racked up 130-goals and 270-points.
A year ago, the Mustangs moved on to the Western Canada Cup in Fort McMurray and the RBC Cup in Portage. This year, the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup takes place in Estevan, with the Mustangs opening up Saturday afternoon against the defending RBC Cup Champion Portage Terriers.
The field for the Western Canada Cup is:
SJHL: Melfort Mustangs
Host: Estevan Bruins
MJHL: Portage Terriers
AJHL: Brooks Bandits
BCHL: West-Kelowna Warriors
The full schedule can be found here:
Two teams from the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup will advance to the RBC Cup in Lloydminster.