OGDEN — It was a winning weekend for the Ogden Mustangs as they picked up their first wins of the season and grabbed a 2-1 road series victory over the Bay Area Seals with a 4-5, 5-2, 6-2 effort.
Zach O’Mara tallied four points and Christian Kraus scored three goals in the series as the Mustangs outscored the Seals 15-9 ahead of a big homestand at the Weber County Ice Sheet this weekend.
Friday proved to be a defensive battle early on as neither team scored in the first period and the Seals only logged 15 shots on the night.
Ogden’s Christian Kraus opened scoring three minutes into the second period with the first of two goals after taking an assist from Eryn Siracusa; after which Dusty Watt found a shorthanded score at 15:43 to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead.
The Seals didn’t waste time equalizing with goals less than a minute apart from Ryan Webber and Patrick Gillis (power play) that pulled the Bay Area even.
After going up 3-2 on a score from Mustang forward Schuyler Seyfert just 44 seconds into the third period, three consecutive Ogden penalties opened the door for the Seals, who scored a pair of power-play goals to take a 4-3 lead.
Ogden tied the game after Kraus logged another shorthanded goal midway through the third period that proved the last score of regulation. The Mustangs couldn’t hold off the Seal attack in overtime, however, as Casey Mertens found the net a minute in and lifted the Bay Area to a 5-4 win in the series opener.
Kraus and Watt each picked up a pair of points for the Mustangs as Tyler Fallica turned away 10 of 15 shots in the overtime loss and Michael McElroy faced 21 Ogden shots in the win for the Seals.
A three-goal second period on Saturday helped Ogden to its first win of the season as five Mustangs scored and Daniel Selby logged 29 stops in the 5-2 win.
Olle Vennstrom and Zach O’Mara each notched a goal and assist for a pair of points each in Saturday’s game, and David Clements added a pair of assists in the winning effort.
In Sunday’s rubber match, the Mustangs scored four first-period goals to take an early lead that held until the final buzzer.
Ogden forward Kody Rodriguez assisted Bobby Chamberlain twice in the first period, and Zach O’Mara also found a pair of points as the trio led a rejuvenated Mustang team that logged 44 shots on the game.
West Townsend, Mass.. native Brendan Tidman got the nod at goalie for the Mustangs and tallied 31 saves for his first win. McElroy and Brandon Mercer split time between the pipes for the Seals and stopped 38 in the loss.
Ogden returns home this weekend for a three-game set with the Southern Oregon Spartans starting 7:30 p.m. Friday.