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Meure magic leads Ogden Mustangs to overtime win

By Steffen Bell - Ogden Mustangs | Oct 13, 2021

Jonny Berry, Ogden Mustangs

Ogden Mustangs forward Jake Meure handles the puck in an exhibition game Sept. 10, 2021, at The Ice Sheet in Ogden.

WEST VALLEY CITY — As one chapter of history came to a close, another was reborn.

Jake Meure notched his fourth career overtime game-winning goal (all-time franchise leader) as the Ogden Mustangs defeated the Utah Outliers 3-2 on Saturday night, Oct. 9.

“We were able to carry the puck up the ice and get some time in the offensive zone. When the puck got back to me, I decided to take it out and regroup instead of forcing a play and potentially losing possession,” Meure said. “One of the Outliers players decided to go for a change which opened up a lane for me to skate in down the middle for a grade-A shot.”

That shot not only won the Mustangs the game but also helped his team earn their sixth victory of the season. Meure’s goal also marked the sixth different player to register a game-winning goal in as many games.

Ogden’s forecheck got to work early when Daniel Pflazer and Andrey Shmakov combined to win possession and put a quick shot on goal. Tucker Thorstad cashed in on the loose puck rebound and scored his first goal of the season at 2:41 of the first period.

The Mustangs’ attack had ample opportunities to increase their lead in the first period but were robbed by a combination of terrific goaltending and the bad luck of hitting the post or crossbar. Nevertheless, Ogden continued to press on and outshot the Outliers 27-15 through two periods.

Deven Boldway’s second goal of the season came on the power play 22 seconds into the second period. His shot from the point snuck in with traffic screening the goaltender giving Ogden a 2-0 lead.

Team-leading scorer Lukas Washco picked up two assists on the evening to push his point total to nine. The hard-nosed forward was stifled on a breakaway late in the second period but was brilliant most of the night for Ogden, even facing adversity late in the game.

With one period left to go, the Mustangs were not only looking to pick up their Mountain Division leading-sixth win but also their third consecutive shutout.

As time dwindled, the Outliers kept pouring shots in on Savva Serdiuk. Turning away shot after shot, Ogden appeared to be taking another step towards history.

With 1:30 remaining, a shot from the point was tipped in front and flew over the shoulder of Serdiuk. The Mustangs were clinging onto a one-goal lead, but the shutout streak was over. Their streak ended at 190:32 as the second-best shutout streak in franchise history.

“I think we just got a little too ahead of ourselves,” captain Jack Jones said. “We had a long shutout streak and we just let it get to our heads towards the end. Moving forward, we want to turn things up and bring the fire this weekend in front of our fans.”

The thing that makes rivalries like this one is a flair for the dramatic. The Outliers sent their crowd into a frenzy when they scored eleven seconds later and tied the game 2-2 with 1:19 remaining in the game.

However, this chapter ended in favor of the Mustangs as regulation ended and magic struck again in overtime.

WEEKEND HOME SERIES

The Mustangs host the Pueblo Bulls at 7:15 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at The Ice Sheet in Ogden.

Then, the Utah Grizzlies play a Saturday nightcap in an ECHL preseason game against the Idaho Steelheads at 7:15 p.m. at The Ice Sheet.


Steffen Bell is the broadcaster for the Ogden Mustangs. The Mustangs are a junior hockey team playing in the third-tier USPHL, which stretches from coast to coast. This story originally appeared on ogdenmustangs.com, is republished with permission, and has been edited for style and space.

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