Calgary, AB – The Mustangs dropped their second consecutive game in Camrose this past weekend. The Kodiaks showed no sign of rustiness following a six-day rest from game play, topping Calgary 5-3 at Encana Arena last Friday night. Mustangs forward Joseph Karpyshyn opened the game's scoring at 8:51 of the first frame; the Calgary native now has 21 points to lead all Mustang skaters. It would only take the Kodiaks four minutes to tie the game back up, adding another unanswered goal before the end of the first period.
The Kodiaks would secure a 3-1 lead before Calgary’s offensive began to click. Goals from Jarret Timmerman and Daniel Rybarik would even up the score prior to entering the third period. Calgary's penalty kill would go 5 for 5 before Kodiaks blueliner Zach Vinnell would break the seal, taking a 4-3 lead with a powerplay marker at 8:03 in the third. Camrose would secure the win with an empty netter. Mustangs will look to redeem themselves against Camrose, as they host the Kodiaks back at Father David Bauer on Thursday, Nov, 22.
Calgary would get back into the win column the following Sunday, with a thrilling victory against the Olds Grizzlys. While a win put the Mustangs back on track, it came at a much closer contest than the team had hoped for. A win for Olds would have been just their fourth of the season, as they sit 19 points behind the Stangs in the south division standings.
Olds had a 3-1 lead heading into the second frame before Stangs forward Brady Barclay would make it a 3-2 game, burying his first of 3 on the night. After the Grizzliys restored their two-goal lead, Mustangs would score three unanswered goals, including Barclay’s second and a powerplay tally from Daniel Rybarik. Olds would score late in the frame to send the game into the third with a 5-5 tie. The Grizzlys powerplay struck early in the period, forcing Calgary to seek out a from-behind victory in the third. A powerplay goal from Joseph Karpyshyn at the 9:22 mark would tie the game at six, before Barclay would net the game winner just two minutes later, topping off his hat-trick performance.
A rematch with the Kodiaks on Thursday night kicks off a three-game home stretch for the Mustangs. Whitecourt enters Calgary for a Sunday tilt, followed by a matchup against the south divisions top team: the Brooks Bandits on Tuesday, Nov 27. Stangs currently sit one point behind the fifth place Kodiaks, and just three points shy of the fourth place Canmore Eagles.
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