OGDEN -- The Ogden Mustangs had flashes of brilliance but lacked the energy to finish the job in their three-game series against the San Diego Gulls last weekend at The Ice Sheet.
The Mustangs fell 5-3 on Friday, 4-1 on Saturday and 3-0 on Sunday.
"We just got outworked," said Ogden coach Devin Firl. "They're a great team, and we didn't show up like we needed to. We try to stress that we need to have a complete, 60-minute effort out there. But we haven't been getting that."
In Friday's game, the Mustangs played from behind for most of the game, but got within one goal after Derek Friend's power-play tally early in the third period. Ogden chipped away for the rest of the game, pulling their goalie for an extra attacker in the final minute, but the Mustangs couldn't sustain any pressure. The Gulls scored an empty-net goal to seal the two-goal victory.
Saturday's game got off to an odd start as the Mustangs were assessed two penalties for violations during pre-game warmups. They started the game down 5-on-3. San Diego scored just 24 seconds into the game to set the tone for a lopsided victory. Ogden tied the game 1-1 in the final minute of the period when recently-signed Jan Vcislak fired a slapshot that found the back of the net, but the Gulls dominated the second period to secure the win.
On Sunday, Ogden was shutout despite 34 shots on goal.
The Mustangs are now 1-5 in their first WSHL season. They have been competitive, however, scoring 15 goals to their opponents' 20. By contrast, the last-place Park City Moose have been outscored 57-13. The Mustangs will hit the road for two games next weekend and then host the Idaho Jr. Steelheads Oct. 22. After that, Ogden plays 12 consecutive road games in November before their next home game in early December.