OGDEN -- Visiting Cheyenne killed 15 Ogden power plays over the weekend en route to a 7-4, 5-1 and 8-4 sweep of the Mustangs at the Weber County Ice Sheet.
With postseason spots secured for both teams, the three-game weekend series had more to do with momentum than league points, but a combined 127 minutes in the penalty box on Friday demonstrated the always intense rivalry between division teams.
"Intensity is always bumped up when you play a division rival," Ogden coach Joe Pfleegor said. "But no team is ever going to get a flow with that many minutes and when you get in that situation the team with the better power play is going to win it."
On Friday, the Mustangs went up early in front of 2,000 fans in attendance for the 10-year anniversary of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics as Ogden's Alex Pizzaro buried the game's first goal two minutes in.
"It felt awesome," the Bakersfield, Calif., native said of the glass-shaking roar that filled the Ice Sheet. "My mom was here for the weekend so I found her in the crowd and pointed to her while everyone was going crazy. It was really cool."
The goal was Pizzaro's 12th on the season and teammate Derek Friend made it 2-0 Ogden after corralling a pass from Pizzaro just four minutes later.
Cheyenne roared back in the second period scoring three straight, including a power-play goal by Tobias Pehrson and another pair from Andrew Baggen.
Ogden's Jesse Love equalized with four minutes left in the period before Russia native Daniil Kulikov put Cheyenne back on top with 20 seconds remaining in the period.
Kulikov scored two more in the third period for the hat trick and Baggen racked up five points with a pair of goals and three assists.
Cheyenne killed seven Ogden power plays and Michael Porter got the win in-goal for the Stampede facing 23 shots on the night.
The Stampede outshot Ogden 49-17 during Saturday's game as Cheyenne's Brad McIntosh scored twice and goalie Vladislav Kornienko grabbed the win.
Alberta, Canada, native Devon Detillieux picked up Ogden's lone score early in the second period after taking a pass from Brenden Kelso at the point and sending a long-distance slap shot to the top left corner past Kornienko.
Ogden's Brenden Kelso racked up 19 minutes on four penalties including 10 minutes for game misconduct on a slashing call.
After a relatively quiet weekend Cheyenne team captain and the league's third highest scorer Taylor Crawford broke out on Sunday's matinee with three points on a pair of goals and an assist.
Kornienko picked up his second win of the series stopping 27 of Ogden's 31 shots.
Detillieux sunk his second goal of the series with the game's first on Sunday. Team scoring leader Dax Hobbs picked up his 24th goal of the season with 20 seconds left in the first period.
Ogden's Kody Rodriguez and Lukas Moudry each notched two points with a goal and assist apiece.
Despite the disappointing weekend Pfleegor has no reservations about his team's ability and says if they can figure out how to put a full game together it'll be tough to stop the Mustangs.
"We have the skill and talent to compete with any team in this league," he said. "If they can all come together and play for 60 minutes we'll go far in the playoffs."
Feb. 24 marks the final home game of the season for the Mustangs as they host in-state rival Park City with the puck slated to drop at 7:30 p.m.