Mustangs eliminated by Terriers, Hawks extend Kozun

Photo from Nipawin Hawks Facebook page. Coach Tad Kozun has signed a two year contract extension with the Nipawin Hawks.

The Melfort Mustangs season came to an end when the lower seeded Yorkton Terriers upset them 3-1 in Game 7 of the SJHL quarter-finals at the Northern Lights Palace on Tuesday, March 29.

Melfort led 1-0 after the first period and the game was tied 1-1 after the second period.

Curtis Hammond opened the scoring for the Mustangs 1:47 into the game.

Erik Boers had a pair of goals for the Terriers and Kishaun Gervais scored the other goal for Yorkton.

The Mustangs Joel Favreau made 32 saves; Kael DePape made 32 saves for the Terriers.

The Terriers advanced to the final four of the SJHL playoffs to play the Estevan Bruins. The Flin Flon Bombers and Humboldt Broncos are playing in the other series.

As of April 4, the Bruins and Bombers each lead 2-0.

After their season came to a close the Nipawin Hawks have extended and removed the interim tag from coach Tad Kozun. The club announced the move on March 28.

The Hawks announced that they have signed Kozun to a two-year contract. Kozun started the season as an assistant coach before being promoted with the firing of longtime coach Doug Johnson on Dec. 2, 2021.

“I want to thank Scott and the Hawks organization for this opportunity. I am excited and honoured to be the next head coach and GM of this organization. I can’t wait to continue on the Hawks’ tradition here in Nipawin,” Kozun said in a press release.

“The board is excited to welcome Tad into his new position and we look forward to working with him and seeing his team in action next season,” Hawks’ president Scott Anderson said.

Kozun finished his interim stretch with a record of 7-23-0-1. The Hawks finished the regular season in fourth place in the Sherwood Division with a record of 17-35-0-6 with 40 points.