OGDEN -- It was a disappointing home stand for the Ogden Mustangs as they dropped a 1-2 series to the visiting Seattle Totems with all three games at the Weber County Ice during the weekend ending in shootouts.
Seattle captain Connor Haney logged five goals over the series and goalie Bryce Fink picked up a pair of wins with shootout stands on Saturday night and Sunday morning in a Western States Hockey League Northwest Division battle.
"Nothing is going to be given to us," Ogden coach Jake Laime said. "I think oftentimes we think that because we have the ability to play from behind that we can just throw it on cruise control. But it doesn't matter where you're at in the standings in this league, everybody comes to play."
The Mustangs (10-6-1-3) came into Friday's game just two points behind the division leading Idaho Jr. Steelheads after being named "one of the hottest teams in the league" in a report on the WSHL website earlier this week.
Ogden goalie Tyler Fallica played a big role in that success following several big shootout performance including Friday night's 3-2 win over the Totems.
The rest of the weekend wouldn't be so kind to Fallica and the Mustangs.
On Saturday, untimely Ogden penalties put two Mustangs in the box and gave Seattle a 5-on-3 advantage with two minutes remaining. Haney eventually tied things at two and sent the game into extra time where the Totems won in the shootout.
Bobby Chamberlain and Mustang team captain Zach O'Mara both logged scores for Ogden in the loss.
After the weekend O'Mara talked about the penalties that hurt his team down the stretch.
"We just have to stay disciplined and stick to our game plan," he said. "We take a lot of retaliatory penalties that don't need to happen."
It was more the same on Sunday as Seattle's Haney landed a snap shot on Fallica with five minutes left in the first period to open scoring and logged a power-play goal in the second giving the Totem's a 2-0 lead.
"I have to give it all to my line mates and my team," he said. "Ultimately my goals this weekend were from people doing hard work and me tapping it in."
Later in the second, Ogden's Sean Haltam put the Mustangs on the board landing a scorching shot to the top right corner from just inside the blue line.
O'Mara grabbed his second goal of the series after placing a beautiful backhand past Fink to equalize going into the final period.
After a scoreless third period and another fruitless overtime, Fink stonewalled the Mustangs in the shootout and Seattle logged a pair of scores for their second win of the series.
Despite netting four points on the weekend, Laime was critical about the way his team keeps digging holes and forcing themselves to play from behind. He says fixing that will elevate the Mustangs from being good to a serious league contender.
"We have to be able to keep our composure, avoid chaos, and just play hockey."