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Macleod Mustangs win Ranchland playoff preview

Call Marr of the Fort Macleod Mustangs steps into a Lomond Lakers player during Friday night's game.

Lomond Laker Dorran Layng slashed Fort Macleod Mustang Kevin Olson during Friday night's game.

Fort Macleod Mustangs downed Brooks Black Hawks 4-1 Saturday in a preview of one of the Ranchland Hockey League’s quarterfinal series.
The fifth-place Black Hawks will battle the fourth-place Mustangs in a best-of-five playoff series that gets under way at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 in Fort Macleod.
In the other quarterfinal series the third-place Nanton Palominos take on the sixth-place Peigan Cowboys.
The regular season champion Blackfoot Miners and second-place Lomond Lakers get first round byes.
Mustangs 4 Black Hawks 1
After a scoreless first period Saturday in Fort Macleod the Mustangs got three unanswered goals to lead 3-0 after 40 minutes.
The teams traded goals in the final period as the Mustangs galloped to a 4-1 win.
Willy David and Nick Yorgason each had a goal and an assist for the Mustangs and Justin Donahue and Greg Schimanski each scored once.
Kyle Eskes picked up two assists and Kent Broere, Tyce Gallamore, Kevin Olson and Cody Hall each had one.
Hall made 49 saves in the Fort Macleod goal while Brooks counterpart Trevor Baker made 48.
Lakers 7 Mustangs 3
Lomond Lakers scored three unanswered goals in the second period Friday on their way to a 7-3 win over the host Mustangs.
The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period but the Lakers charged ahead to a 4-1 lead in the second.
Lomond then scored three more in first half of the third period to control the game 7-1 before the Mustangs added two late goals to make the final 7-3.
Josh Weist scored twice for the Lakers and Dustin Brosz, Rustin Murray, Cody Gedjos, Kyle Sargeant and Cody Berube added singles.
Kevin Olson scored twice for the Mustangs and Greg Schimanski had a goal and two assists. Cole Matson picked up two helpers.
Joel Hasselman made 43 saves in the Fort Macleod goal, while Michael-Lee Tesiak blocked 36 shots for Lomond.
Nanton 5 Mustangs 4
On Feb. 3 a goal by Chris Gerla mid way through the third period stood up as the winner as Nanton Palominos edged the Mustangs 5-4.
Nanton took a 2-1 lead in the first period but Fort Macleod fought back to tie it 2-2 with the only goal in the second frame.
The teams traded goals in the third period before Gerla popped the eventual game winner.
Chris Berns had a goal and two assists for Nanton and Kenny Cummings, Derek Sears and Brad Taylor also scored.
Tyce Gallamore, Willy David, Kent Broere and Tyler Bilodeau replied for Fort Macleod. Justin Donahue picked up two assists and Mason Bond and Ben Webb each had one.
Cody Hall made 44 saves in the Fort Macleod net, while Nanton counterpart Mike Kraneveldt turned aside 38.

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