The McCreary Mustangs are battling their way through North Central Hockey League (NCHL) action. Seven games into the season, the Mustangs sit in the middle of the 2013 NCHL standings with a two-win, five-loss record. The team should continue to be in the hunt for a playoff spot throughout the season as well, as most of their losses have come in close games while their wins have usually been a result of offensive outpours. McCreary kicked off its season with a pair of close losses to a pair of the team's strongest teams, losing 5-4 to Foxwarren on Nov. 16 and 7-5 to Russell Nov. 18. The next two games saw the Mustangs unleash some scoring prowess, as they topped Kenton 8-0 and Minnedosa 7-3. McCreary followed those performances with a tough 4-3 loss to Hamiota on Nov. 26 and then Minnedosa-Elkhorn beat them 5-0 on Nov. 30. Most recently, Minnedosa-Elkhorn had another great game against McCreary Dec. 8, beating the Mustangs 12-3. The loss leaves McCreary tied for sixth place out of 10 NCHL teams. There's still plenty of season left for the team to keep moving up the standings, and the team's high-scoring duo of Rick Scott and Kirby Law may play a big part in making that happen. Following last week's game, the pair sit fourth and fifth in the NCHL's scoring race. Scott has 18 points off eight goals and 10 assists, while Law has four goals to go with 12 assists for 16 points. Taras Turko sits third in Mustangs scoring with four goals and 12 points. Meanwhile, Clinton Desjardins and Rob Filipchuk have split the goaltending duties for McCreary so far this season. The Mustangs next home game is Saturday, Dec. 22 against Grandview. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m.