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Mustangs stampede to 2-0 lead in quarterfinals

Fort Macleod Mustangs goalie Cody Hall

Sheldon Wenzel of the Brooks Black Hawks tucks the puck past Fort Macleod Mustangs goalie Cody Hall on a penalty shot in the first period of Friday's game

Jadon Porterfield of the Fort Macleod Mustangs

Jadon Porterfield of the Fort Macleod Mustangs tries to get the puck past Brooks Black Hawks goalie Trevor Baker.

Nick Yorgason of the Fort Macleod Mustangs

Nick Yorgason of the Fort Macleod Mustangs impedes the progress of Brooks Black Hawks Matt Conacher.

Fort Macleod Mustangs took a stranglehold on their Ranchland Hockey League playoff series with a pair of home ice victories.
The Mustangs beat Brooks Black Hawks 4-3 Saturday and 5-3 Sunday to go up 2-0 in the best-of-five quarterfinal.
The series shifts to Brooks for the next two games on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25.
The fifth game, if necessary, will be Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3:30 p.m. at Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.
In the other quarterfinal series, the Nanton Palominos won two games on home ice to lead Peigan Cowboys 2-0.
The next games in that series are Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 at Pincher Creek, with a fifth game Sunday, Feb. 26 in Nanton if necessary.
Mustangs 4 Black Hawks 3
Hayden Shackel’s second goal of the game with 8:04 remaining stood up as the winner Friday as the Mustangs edged the Black Hawks 4-3.
The teams were tied 1-1 and 3-3 after 40 minutes.
Kyle Eskes and Mason Bond also scored for Fort Macleod. Tyce Gallamore assisted on three goals and Greg Schimanski picked up one helper.
Sheldon Wenzel scored twice for Brooks — one coming on a penalty shot — and Richard Renard had a goal and an assist. Geoff Tiffin and Jeff Goodheart had assists.
Cody Hall made 44 saves in the Fort Macleod net to earn first star honours. Brooks goalie Trevor Baker made 31 saves.
Shackel was the game’s second star and Wenzel was third star.
Mustangs 5 Black Hawks 3
Cole Matson and Tyler Bilodeau each scored twice Sunday afternoon to power the Mustangs to a 5-3 win and a 2-0 series lead.
Brooks took a 1-0 lead in the first period but the Mustangs rallied to move in front 4-3 in the second frame and added the only goal in the third period.
Tyce Gallamore scored Fort Macleod’s other goal and assisted on two goals.
Kevin Olson and Kent Broere each had two assists on Fort Macleod goals and Colby Charteris and Jadon Porterfield had one assist apiece.
Wenzel had another two-goal game for the Black Hawks and Dustin Hullman also scored. Chad Sewall assisted on two goals and Brandon Lanz, Tiffin, Chad Deunk and Renard each had one assist.
Hall was again the game’s first star as he made 37 saves. Baker blocked 25 shots in the Brooks goal.
Gallamore was second star and Wenzel was third star.

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