The Ogden Mustangs won a key series on the road, taking two of three games from the Casper Coyotes last weekend. The wins came despite three days filled with adversity.
The most notable hit to the Mustangs was the loss of the team’s leading scorer and captain Schuyler Seyfert. He took a knee to his quadricep in Saturday’s game and was down on the ice for a while before being helped to the bench. He returned and finished the game, hobbled but without any indication of how serious the injury was. In the middle of the night, Seyfert awoke to excruciating pain and swelling in his leg and was rushed to the emergency room. He then underwent surgery for compartment syndrome, a serious condition where the impact of an injury tears the muscle and blood spreads throughout the leg, suffocating the muscles. The surgery was successful, and Seyfert is expected to make a full recovery, but an exact timeframe has yet to be given.
While Seyfert’s setback was the most devastating of the weekend, it wasn’t all the Mustangs were dealing with. After Friday’s game, nearly the entire team came down with what appeared to be food poisoning, which left the Mustangs almost completely depleted by the end of Saturday’s game. Alex Forbes, Spencer Norcott and Martin Soderberg also suffered injuries that kept them off the ice and could leave them sidelined for this coming weekend.
Despite all of this, the Mustangs somehow found a way to win this key series, late in the regular season as the Mustangs continue to push for a top playoff spot. As has been the case throughout the season, when one player goes down, another is quick to step up and fill a role.
Things started off on Friday with a thrilling 4-3 victory for the Mustangs. Ogden trailed 3-1 midway through the game, tied it up in the final minute of the second period and then won it with just 6.8 seconds left in the third. Nick Frankich chose an excellent time to score his first as a Mustang, firing a rocket right off of the faceoff win by Seyfert for the game-winner. Seyfert also had the game’s first goal and another assist in the game. Matus Spodniak and Adam Zöllner had the other Ogden goals. Christoffer Sjöö made 30 saves in goal. The win for the Mustangs put them at 8-0-1 in their last nine games and ended the Coyotes 12-game winning streak.
The three points for Seyfert gave him 32 goals and 63 points on the season, barely passing the franchise all-time single season records of 31 goals and 61 points. They were two of the only records Seyfert was yet to set in his storied four seasons as a Mustang.
On Saturday, Ogden opened the scoring on a nifty deflection in front of the net by Austin Shea. The Coyotes then scored five straight goals as the depleted Mustangs just ran out of gas. Spencer Norcott scored the final goal of the game, late in the third. 5-2 was the final.
On Sunday, in the rubber match, despite the quick turnaround for a 1 p.m. game and the emotional roller coaster of seeing what happened to Seyfert during the night, the Mustangs came out and won one for their captain. With a lot of the team still feeling the effects of the food poisoning, and with the injured players out of the lineup, the Mustangs gutted out a 6-5 overtime victory. The high-scoring game was back-and-forth. Brett Robinson opened the scoring, giving the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. From there it went 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 4-4, 5-4, 5-5. Then just 54 seconds into overtime, Zöllner scored the sudden-death, game-winner. It was Zöllner’s third of the game, for the hat trick. Spodniak and Shea had the other Mustang goals. Andreas Pettersson made 42 saves in the victory.
The Mustangs are now back home in Ogden with a few days to rest up and get ready for the Idaho Jr. Steelheads coming back into town for two games at The Ice Sheet. It’s the 2nd Annual Ogden Mustangs Hockey-Thon, which will have a ton of associated festivities, all for the great cause of raising money for cancer research. Join our Facebook event page to see all the details and invite your friends.
With the number of injuries hitting the team right now, check back throughout the week for possible announcements of new player signings.
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