The Ogden Mustangs picked up three big home wins this past weekend over the Cheyenne Stampede and the Colorado Jr. Eagles. While the Mustangs took care of the Stampede rather easily in 11-3 and 9-3 wins, the win over the division-leading Eagles required a third-period comeback of heroic proportions.
On Friday, it was an offensive explosion for the Mustangs who dominated the Stampede from start to finish. Things started quickly with an Austin Shea goal 15 seconds into the game. Nick Frankich led the charge overall with two goals and two assists for the Mustangs. With four points, Caleb Pola moved into first in team scoring this season, passing Schuyler Seyfert. Ilya Bobko picked up his first points of the season, two assists. Shots on goal were 71-22 for the Mustangs. Christoffer Sjöö picked up the W in goal.
On Saturday, the Mustangs found themselves down 3-1, being outplayed by the Eagles going into the third period. Something changed for the Mustangs during that second intermission. They came out in the final frame looking like a new team. Matus Spodniak scored less than three minutes in. Adam Zöllner tied it up with about seven minutes left. It looked like the game may have been destined for overtime at that point, but Pola scored what would stand as the game-winner with 2:31 left. Corey Iapalucci added a powerplay goal with 1:07 left. Pola scored an empty netter with 0:03 on the clock to make it a 6-3 final. Christoffer Sjöö picked up the win in goal once again. The loss was the Eagles first in regulation since Jan. 8, when the Mustangs beat them in Fort Collins. The Eagles were on a 14-0-1 stretch since.
On Sunday, the Stampede were coming off of a big victory down the road at Salt Lake the night before. They came out strong, with Thayne Trumbull scoring a powerplay goal just 1:33 into the game. The Mustangs responded, however, scoring the next seven goals of the game, and then adding two more later. Iapalucci led the way with one goal and three assists. Spodniak had one goal and two assists. Martin Söderberg led the defense with one goal and one assists. Andreas Pettersson got the win in goal, making 31 saves. Once again, the Mustangs peppered the Cheyenne goal with 81 shots.
With the sweep, the Mustangs still have a shot at moving up a spot before the playoffs start, and thus earning a first-round playoff bye. For that to happen though, they need to win all three games this coming weekend, and they need the Casper Coyotes to lose all three of their games (with at least two of those losses coming in regulation) on the road against the Eagles this weekend.
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