After opening the season with six straight home games, the Ogden Mustangs hit the road last weekend for the first time to face the Idaho Steelheads twice.
"It's fun to have a bus trip, stay in a hotel and just be together as a team," said Ogden coach Devin Firl. "It's really a good experience for the guys to bond together. On the road you can play a little grittier and a lot of the pressure is off. It was definitely a good time for us to get on the road."
The Mustangs (1-7) fell 7-4 and 6-2 to the Steelheads (6-0) who remain one of four undefeated teams in the Western States Hockey League. Idaho is the defending WSHL champion.
In Friday's game the Mustangs went down 2-0 early after Steelhead goals just 26 seconds apart less than five minutes in. The Mustangs battled back, though, with two first period goals of their own from Alex Pizarro and Dax Hobbs. The game was tied at 2-2, and later 3-3. The Mustangs trailed 5-4 in the third period but allowed two late Steelhead insurance goals.
On Saturday the Mustangs were outshot 47-19 and never really had much of a chance. Hobbs and Lukas Moudry were the lone Ogden goal scorers.
The Mustangs are back in Ogden to seek revenge against the Steelheads on home ice this Saturday. That will be the Mustangs' last home game before 12 consecutive road games in November.