Fort Macleod Mustangs stampeded into Lomond on the weekend and rode off with home ice advantage.
The third-place Mustangs upset the second-place Lakers 6-3 Friday in the first game of the best-of-seven Ranchland Hockey League semifinal series.
The Lakers, who finished 16 points ahead of the Mustangs in the regular season, eked out a 3-2 win Saturday on home ice to even the series at a game apiece.
The scene shifts to Fort Macleod for a pair of games on Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23. The puck drops at 8:30 p.m. both nights.
Regular season champion Nanton Palominos lead the other semifinals series 2-0 after beating Pincher Creek Huskies 9-0 and 5-0 on the weekend.
Mustangs 6 Lakers 3
Coach Gord Campbell had the Mustangs skating hard Friday night in a 6-3 win in the series opener.
A powerplay goal by Ben Webb staked the Mustangs to a 1-0 lead just over six minutes into the game. Leo Lacourciere assisted.
Cam Creighton scored for Lomond mid way through the first period to tie the game 1-1.
With less than a minute left in the period Lacourciere scored to make it 2-1 with Lander Marr picking up the assist and the Mustangs went into the break leading 2-1.
Fort Macleod went up 4-2 in the second period as Webb scored his second, assisted by Lacourciere and Justin Donahue, and Lacourciere popped his second, with Jadon Porterfield assisting.
Rustin Murray replied for Lomond.
Chase Hofer scored six minutes into the third period to increase Fort Macleod’s lead to 5-2. Donahue drew an assist on the goal.
Murray scored his second of the game with eight minutes to play to pull Lomond to within 5-3 but Kent Broere replied for Fort Macleod just over a minute later to make it 6-3. Lacourciere picked up an assist to complete a five-point game.
Cody Hall blocked 41 shots in the Fort Macleod goal to earn the win.
Lakers 3 Mustangs 2
Dustin Brosz scored the only goal of the third period Saturday and it proved the difference in a 3-2 Lakers win.
Fort Macleod started strong, getting the only goal of the first period from Willy David, assisted by Tyler Bilodeau and Lacourciere.
Lomond tied the game eight minutes into the second period on a goal by Cam Hurt.
The Mustangs regained the lead three minutes later when Porterfield set up Tyce Gallamore for his first goal of the playoffs.
Lomond caught a break when Mike White Quills scored with just six seconds on the clock to tie the game 2-2 heading into the break.
That set the stage for a powerplay goal by Brosz in the third period to give the Lakers a 3-2 win and even the series at 1-1.
Hall was back in net for the Mustangs, making 36 saves in a losing cause.