The Ogden Mustangs started the 2017-18 season on the road against the rival Colorado Jr. Eagles last weekend.

The two teams have faced each other in many tight games over the past four seasons, and have been neck-and-neck in the standings each season. With the Mustangs and Eagles not meeting each other again until the final weekend of the regular season, these early-season points could turn out to be important as the season progresses.

The Mustangs picked up a 3-2 shootout victory in Game 1, had a dominant 8-2 victory in Game 2 and then dropped a wild Game 3, 7-6. The Mustangs took the series 2-1, picking up four points in the standings. The Eagles picked up three.

“Friday was very sloppy, but I saw lots of promise offensively,” said Ogden head coach Jake Laime. ” Saturday’s game we played much better structurally and were rewarded with little time spent in our defensive zone. On Sunday we came out flat. No urgency. Complete disregard in the defensive zone. We did show some resiliency battling back.”

Jacob Laurin had both Mustang goals in regulation on Friday. The game went through two overtimes and to a shootout where Ian Currie scored the winner.

The offense exploded on Saturday, with the line of Currie, Ross Barlett and Rhett Rampinelli leading the way, combining for 11 points.

Jon Chin had a solid performance, with a few highlight-reel saves.

On Sunday, the Eagles got out to a big early lead as the Mustangs came out flat. Down 6-1 late in the second period, the ‘Stangs decided to turn things around and nearly pulled off a miraculous comeback. They scored three goals in the final four minutes of the second period, then added two more in the third.

Overall, the offensive leaders for the weekend, and on the season, look as follows:

Bartlett – 3 goals, 5 assists
Matus Spodniak – 2 goals, 4 assists
Laurin – 3 goals, 1 assist
Currie – 2 goals, 2 assists
Matt McClelland – 1 goal, 3 assists
Harry Gulliver – 1 goal, 3 assists

With the four points, the Mustangs sit in first place in the WSHL Mountain Division, tied with the Superior RoughRiders who dominated the Cheyenne Stampede in a home-and-home last weekend.

The Mustangs now turn their attention to home opening weekend this weekend, with games Friday and Saturday in Ogden against the Utah Outliers. The Outliers did not have any games last weekend and will be opening up their season against the Mustangs.

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