OGDEN — After a physical series last week in Ogden, the Mustangs were on the road in Southern Oregon for Round Two against the Spartans in a Western States Hockey League Pacific division showdown.
Ogden escaped with a win on Saturday but lost the series 2-1 with a 3-5, 4-3, 4-6 performance over the weekend.
Slovakian native Christian Kraus scored a team-high seven points in the Mustang effort as Ogden now sits at 5-6-1-1 on the year.
Despite outshooting the Spartans 42-31 on Friday night, the Mustangs couldn’t finish and fell to Southern Oregon 3-5.
Ogden forward Eryn Siracusa put the Mustangs on the board first Friday night with a power-play goal midway through the first period after assists credited to Kraus and David Clements.
A few minutes later tempers boiled over and both Siracusa and Southern Oregon’s Ryan Devine were ejected from the game after a brawl.
Siracusa, Olle Vennstrom and Matic Ovsenar all scored in the loss as Clements and Kraus each logged a pair of assists.
Oregon’s Joe Bordak logged a pair of goals and an assist as his brother, Avik Bordak, netted three points with a trio of assists.
Tyler Fallica was in-goal for the Mustangs and stopped 26 of 31 on the night as his counterpart Sean Buckley counted 39 saves in the Spartan win.
Ogden roared back on Saturday, taking a 3-1 lead by the middle of the second period as the Spartans racked up 31 penalty minutes on 10 infractions.
Richard Fithian got the nod in goal for the Mustangs and faced 38 shots in his first win of the season.
Oregon tied the game at three late in the second period after consecutive goals less than a minute apart from the Bordak brothers but a Mustang goal five minutes into the third period from Schuyler Seyfert iced the game and set up Sunday’s rubber match.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 3-1 first-period lead on Sunday after goals from Siracusa, Kraus and Alex Pizzaro.
Siracusa scored a pair of power-play goals on the night, and Kraus netted three points with a goal and two assists.
Southern Oregon stormed back in the second and third periods, outscoring the Mustangs 5-1 and wrapping up a 2-1 series win that put them just ahead of Ogden in the Pacific Division.
Tyler Fallica stopped 42-of-48 shots on the night in goal for the Mustangs, while Max Richter stopped 28 shots in his second win of the season.
Ogden will be back in state for a two-game set against the Salt Lake Moose next Friday and Saturday.