After racing to the front of the Ranchland Hockey League herd, the Fort Macleod Mustangs were reined in last weekend.
The Mustangs, who won three straight to open the season, lost in a shootout Friday to Lomond Lakers and then fell Saturday to Nanton Palominos.
The Mustangs are back in action Friday, Dec. 6 when they travel to Nanton for a rematch with the Palominos.
On Saturday, Dec. 7 the Mustangs host Pincher Creek Huskies at 8:30 p.m. at Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.
Lomond 5 Mustangs 4
Josh Wiest and Riley Honess scored in the shootout to lift Lomond Lakers past the Mustangs.
Lomond sniped three goals to take a big lead in the first period Friday as Wiest, Danton Shigemi and David Foord found the back of the net.
The Mustangs fought back in the second, cutting Lomond’s lead to one goal.
First it was Keaton Foder scoring for Fort Macleod 7:51 into the second period, with Jadon Porterfield assisting.
Six minutes later Tyce Gallamore scored to make it 3-2, with Kent Broere and Cole Matson picking up assists.
Devery Edmonds scored for Lomond 8:29 into the third period to give the Lakers a two-goal lead.
The Mustangs just kept coming, and with six minutes to go in the game pulled to within a goal on an unassisted marker by Leo Lacourciere.
Fort Macleod continued to press and with 2 1/2 minutes to play got the equalizer with Lomond two men short. Lacourciere got the goal, assisted by Broere.
Overtime solved nothing but in the shootout Wiest and Honess scored for the Lakers, with only Lacourciere finding the back of the net for the Mustangs.
Tyler Marcotte made 35 saves in the Fort Macleod goal while Lomond counterpart Danny Wiik blocked 31.
Nanton 10 Mustangs 6
Nanton Palominos beat Fort Macleod 10-6 on Saturday to spoil the Mustangs home opener.
The defending champion Palominos galloped to a 5-3 lead in the first period and improved their lead to 9-5 in the second frame.
The teams traded goals in the third to make the final 10-6.
Abe Jensen scored twice and Gallamore had a goal and two assists for Fort Macleod.
Justin Donahue, Porterfield and Jon Call David also scored for the Mustangs. Lander Marr and Broere each had two assists and Zack Kotke had one helper.
Greg Martin scored five goals for Nanton, Tom Mikrut had three and Steve McMasters and Shane Stewart had singles.