The Ogden Mustangs started off the Thorne Cup Finals strong, with a 3-2 victory over the defending champions, the Idaho Jr. Steelheads, Wednesday night at The Ice Sheet.

Austin Shea led the way with two goals, one just after a powerplay expired and one on a shorthanded breakaway. Matus Spodniak had the other Mustang goal and assisted on Shea’s first goal. Vladimir Cibulka make 19 saves in goal and also picked up an assist with a long stretch pass that caught the Steelheads on a line change on Shea’s first goal.

The Mustangs now move on to face the Western States Hockey League Western Division Champions, the Long Beach Bombers, tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. back at The Ice Sheet. The Mustangs have a rematch of the division finals with the Colorado Jr. Eagles on Friday. The four teams with the most points after the first three days of the playoffs advance to the semi-finals on Saturday.

Day 1 of the Thorne Cup Finals featured three high-intensity, fast-paced games. The lower seeded teams in Flight B defeated the Higher seeded teams in Flight A in each of the three matchups.

VALENCIA 3 COLORADO 1

In the first game of the day, the Valencia Flyers proved that just because they made the finals as the wild card team, they’re not to be overlooked. Jakob Krannabetter’s breakaway goal in the second period stood as the game winner. Joakim Blomgren stopped 44 of the 45 shots he faced.

WICHITA 6 LONG BEACH 3

The Wichita Jr. Thunder remained red hot, stretching their playoff game winning streak to seven now. They were 4-for-8 on the powerplay in the game. WSHL leading scorer Peter Cicmanec had two of the powerplay goals. Simon Sefcik had the other two powerplay goals.

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