The Ogden Mustangs gained two new players but lost three games in Texas over the past week.
David Bechard and Devon Detillieux signed with the Mustangs from the Butte Roughriders of the Northern Pacific Hockey League last week. They met their new teammates, got in one practice in Ogden and then headed on a 22-hour bus trip to Dallas for a three-game series against the Ice Jets.
It was only 4:54 into Friday's game before Detillieux made his presence felt, scoring the first goal of the series and getting the Mustangs off on the right foot.
Mustangs coach Devin Firl said he's excited to have the two new players on the squad, "especially when you can add players of their caliber. They're going to bring a lot to the table. They are veteran junior players."
Despite the good start to Friday's game, the Ice Jets came back to score three straight goals in the second period. They took the game 5-2.
On Saturday, the Mustangs were shut out for the second time this season, falling 4-0.
On Sunday, Dallas put the game out of reach early with five first-period goals en route to a 9-1 sendoff. Anthony Modreck scored in the secon period for the Mustangs.
"(Dallas is) a very good team," Firl said. "Our guys played really hard. (Dallas) just converted a lot of their chances. They took advantage of every opportunity they had. Their goalie played extremely well, and we just weren't able to put the puck in the net."
"Our effort was there. But when you're playing really good teams, you need everything to go your way. We just weren't getting those bounces."
The Mustangs now sit at 3-12 and play an important series next weekend in Cheyenne, Wyo., against Mountain-Conference foe Cheyenne Stampede.