The Ogden Mustangs took two more thrilling, comeback victories last weekend to open their postseason and advance to the Western States Hockey League Mountain Division Finals this weekend.
The Mustangs and Casper Coyotes squared off in what all involved knew would be intense, heated battles. Both games lived up to their billing.
On Friday, The Coyotes scored with 34 seconds left in the first period and then 1:53 into the second, to go up 2-0. Johannes Leitner and Gabe Romero squared up for a heavyweight fight early in the second that gave the team some jump and the crowd some energy. Ilya Bobko scored the first Mustang goal, Adam Zöllner scored the second, to tie the game. Montell Greene gave the Mustangs their first lead of the game 28 seconds into the third. Taylor Bowman made it 4-2 with a powerplay goal, but then Casper’s Tim Friberg scored his second of the game just 11 seconds after Bowman’s. Alex Forbes scored an end-to-end goal with just 2:32 left in the game to ice it. Christoffer Sjöö made 36 saves in the game to earn the W. The Mustangs peppered the Coyote goal with 55 shots in the game.
On Saturday, the Coyotes went up 2-0 again. Viktor Thim got things started with a goal off of a two-on-one just 25 seconds into the game. Just like last night, the Mustangs came back to score four straight goals. Caleb Pola, back in the lineup after sitting out the night before, scored two second period goals to tie the game. Adam Zöllner scored what would stand as the game winner 5:04 into the third period. Brett Robinson scored the final goal, spinning from behind the icing line, all the way down the ice into the empty net. Andreas Pettersson was phenomenal in goal, stopping 39 shots for the win.
Dating back to the end of the regular season, the Mustangs have now won eight straight games, all on home ice. Four of those eight victories have featured impressive comebacks. The Mustangs are finding ways to win at the most important times.
Now, for the first time in team history, the Ogden Mustangs will host a division championship series at home this weekend. After winning back-to-back championships on the road over the past two season, the Mustangs now have a chance to win one in front of their own fans. It will be a best-of-three series in the against the No. 1 Colorado Jr. Eagles.
Game 1 – March 25 – Mustangs vs. Eagles – 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – March 26 – Mustangs vs. Eagles – 7:30 p.m.
Game 3 (if necessary) – March 27 – Mustangs vs. Eagles – noon
(Doors open one hour prior to game time. Tickets will be made available online soon.)
The Eagles got a bye through the first round of the playoffs, like the Mustangs, and swept the No. 4 Superior RoughRiders this past weekend with 8-1 and 5-2 wins in Superior.
It was originally anticipated that the Eagles would be hosting this series in Fort Collins, finishing the regular season with the higher seed, first place in the division. Due to a decision by the league, based on alleged violations by the Eagles that have not been made public and which the Eagles state are erroneous claims, home ice advantage was taken away.
Tickets are $10 general admission, online or at the door. The normal, $2 discounts are still available, for $8 instead of $6, but will only be available at the door, not online. We’re currently looking at opening the ticket desk a few times this week before game day. Stay tuned.
Come support the Mustangs, and PACK THE ICE SHEET, as we look to secure our third consecutive division championship and work toward the ultimate prize of bringing to Ogden our first ever Thorne Cup.
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