The Ogden Mustangs and Idaho Jr. Steelheads concluded their first three-game series in two seasons last weekend. It was a series filled with speed, skill and a lot of intensity.
The Mustangs took the first game of the series 3-1, played four weeks ago in Ogden. This past weekend, the Mustangs won 7-2 on Friday and the Steelheads responded with a 5-1 victory on Saturday.
On Friday, it was a big-time offensive explosion for the Mustangs against the top defensive team in the Western States Hockey League. Montell Greene led the charge with a hat trick and an assist, his second three-goal game this season. Adam Zöllner had a goal and an assist. Alex Forbes and Justin Amaral had two assists each. Christoffer Sjöö made 38 saves. The Mustangs were 2-for-5 on the powerplay and held the Steelheads to 1-for-9. This was just the third time this season the Steelheads allowed more than three goals in a game.
On Saturday, the Mustangs just couldn’t get much going. It was a game dripping with emotion from both teams, and the Mustangs found themselves in penalty trouble often. The Steelheads scored two goals on their first three powerplays, making a big impact. Austin Shea scored the lone goal for the Mustangs. Andreas Pettersson made a number of key saves in goal for Ogden, despite the five goals allowed.
These were entertaining games between two high-powered teams. It felt a little like a playoff atmosphere. Could this be some foreshadowing for the Thorne Cup Finals this season? There is still a lot of hockey to be played before then, but with how the playoff format is set up, it would be a possibility.
The Mustangs are now 29-11-2 overall this season and 10-2-1 in their last 13 games. They sit 10 points behind the Colorado Jr. Eagles for second place in the Mountain Division and, after the Casper Coyotes went 2-0-1 last weekend, the Mustangs are 13 points behind them for first place. That’s a tall hill to climb with just 10 games left in the regular season.
The Mustangs now hit the road for two games against the Superior RoughRiders this coming weekend and one against the Colorado Evolution. Recently-added former Mustang Ilya Bobko is expected to join the team in Denver for the three games.
Following the road trip, the Mustangs play their final seven games of the season on home ice, giving them a chance to build some important momentum heading into the playoffs.
This past weekend was the 2nd Annual Ogden Mustangs Hockey-Thon. Special-edition Mustangs jerseys were auctioned off for a total of more than $6000. Various other fundraising efforts took place throughout the weekend, raising money for the American Cancer Society.
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