The Ogden Mustangs picked up three important road wins this past weekend and now have seven consecutive home games remaining in the regular season.
On Friday, the Mustangs kicked off the road trip with a 4-2 win over the Colorado RoughRiders. Ogden scored the first two goals of the game, Montell Greene in the final seconds of the first period and Corey Iapalucci in the opening minute of the second period. After that, the Mustangs were foiled often off of posts and crossbars and saves from the RoughRider goaltender. That allowed Superior to get back in the game, and they tied it 2-2 in the third. Then, with just 1:44 remaining in the third period, Matus Spodniak scored what would stand as the game winner, on a nice set up from Austin Shea. Alex Forbes added an empty netter in the final seconds for the 4-2 final. The Mustangs dominated play for the majority of the game, outshooting the RoughRiders 36-15. Christoffer Sjöö picked up the W in goal.
On Saturday, the Mustangs defeated the Colorado Evolution 13-0. They dominated from start to finish, outshooting the Evolution 78-16. Twelve different Mustangs had multi-point games, led by Iapalucci who had four goals and an assist. Montell Greene and Adam Zöllner each had one goal and three assists. Justin Amaral led all defensemen in points with one goal and two assists. Andreas Pettersson picked up the win in goal, and set two franchise records in the process. This was his third shutout and 20th win of the season, both single-season Mustang records.
On Sunday, the Mustangs finished things off against the RoughRiders with a 4-3 win. The RoughRiders scored the first goal of the game, but the Mustangs then scored four straight second-period goals, which turned out to just be enough for the victory. The goals came first from Brett Robinson joining the rush, then Zöllner with a rocket from the slot, then Caleb Pola off of a powerplay give-and-go and finally Iapalucci in the final minute of the period with traffic in front of the net. Sjöö picked up another win between the pipes.
Unfortunately, the Mustangs lost Alex Randazzo to injury during Sunday’s game. He was later found to have a compound fracture in his wrist and will be out of the lineup for an unknown duration at this point. The Mustang newcomer had registered three assists the night before in Denver, his first points as a Mustang.
Considering the Mustangs scored 21 goals in the three games last weekend, there were plenty of players who shone offensively. While the scoring was spread around fairly evently, the Greene-Iapalucci-Spodiak line made a significant impact, especially in key moments. Iapalucci led at Mustangs with six goals and two assists in the three games. His linemates Greene and Spodniak each had two goals and four assists. Spodniak scored the game winner in the first game, while Iapalucci had the winners both Saturday and Sunday.
With the sweep, the Mustangs are now 15-2-1 dating back to the Western States Shootout.
The Mustangs’ remaining schedule looks like this:
Saturday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. vs. the Casper Coyotes
Friday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. vs. the Cheyenne Stampede
Saturday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. vs. the Colorado Jr. Eagles
Sunday, Feb. 28, noon vs. the Cheyenne Stampede
Friday, March 4, 7:30 p.m vs. the Superior RoughRiders
Saturday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. vs. the Colorado Evolution
Sunday, March 6, noon vs. the Superior RoughRiders
Every game is a big one, with all-important playoff seeding on the line. You can read more about potential playoff seeding and take a detailed look at some possible scenarios leading up to that point in Jon McBride’s View From the Rooster Jacket: Playoff Push Preview.
Over the past two seasons, there’s been a special outpouring of support from the Mustang fanbase. That support, resulting in some big-time crowds, has made a big difference, helping will the Mustangs on to huge, late-season victories. The team is hoping to see the same thing this season. The next game, coming up this Saturday, is an especially big one. It’s Standard-Examiner Member Appreciation Night. Join our event page of Facebook, and be sure to share with your friends.
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