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Estevan Bruins split weekend games against Melfort and Nipawin

Bruins lose 5-4 to Melfort, win 4-1 over Nipawin
Bruins Mustangs Oct 15
The Estevan Bruins faced the Melfort Mustangs on Oct. 15 at Affinity Place

ESTEVAN - The Estevan Bruins went 1-1 on the weekend, losing 5-4 to the Melfort Mustangs on Friday night, but winning 4-1 over the Nipawin Hawks on Saturday.

The Bruins had a great start against the Mustangs, as Cody Davis opened the scoring 64 seconds into the game. Goals by Alex Moar and Liam McInnis gave the Mustangs a 2-1 advantage, but Mark Rumsey tallied late in the opening period to tie the game at 2-2.

Carter Anderson and Boston Maxwell scored for the Mustangs in the second to put Melfort up by two, but Kade Runke responded 37 seconds after Maxwell’s goal to close the deficit, and Mikol Sartor scored 62 seconds into the third to tie the game again.

Damon Byers had the winning goal midway through the third for Melfort.

Boston Bilous stopped 17 of the 22 shots he faced for Estevan, while Joel Favreau made 22 saves for Melfort.

The following night, Caelan Fitzpatrick scored 7:49 into the first period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead, and Olivier Pouliot doubled the advantage 2:08 into the second.

Joel Mabin scored early in the third to pull Nipawin to within a goal, but Runke scored twice, one coming 3 1/2 minutes after Mabin’s goal, and the other coming with five seconds to play into an empty net.

Cam Hrdlicka made 25 saves for the Bruins to get the victory. Dylan Lacroix also made 25 saves for the Hawks.