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Mustangs cage Huskies as new rivalry begins

Jamie Schimanski

Cody Jurgens (20) of Pincher Creek Huskies collides with Jamie Schimanski of the Fort Macleod Mustangs.


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Leo Lacourciere of the Fort Macleod Mustangs battles with a Pincher Creek player.

A new Ranchland Hockey League rivalry was born Saturday night when Fort Macleod Mustangs faced off against Pincher Creek Huskies.
Adding to the natural rivalry that comes with the proximity of the two southern Alberta towns to one another, was a number of former Mustangs suiting up for the Huskies.
Mustangs fans could be excused for doing a double-take when No. 9 of the Huskies skated past. Wearing the black and white jersey was former Mustangs captain Kevin Olson.
Other former Mustangs suiting up for the Ranchland league’s newest entry were goalie Joel Hasselman, Mason Bond, Hayden Shackel and Willy Handford.
Familiarity apparently breeds contempt as the exhibition game was a spirited one, with the host Mustangs posting a 5-3 win in the first of what will be many battles.
The Mustangs gave the Huskies a rude welcome to the Senior A league as Taylor Kayata scored just 21 seconds after the puck was dropped. Jamie Schimanski and Greg Schimanski assisted.
That lead stood up until one minute into the second period when Sam Quinlan scored for Pincher Creek, assisted by Dan Bikman.
The Mustangs regained the lead on Kayata’s second goal of the game, with Jamie Schimanski and Kent Broere assisting.
Four and a half minutes later the Mustangs went up 3-1. This time it was Greg Schimanski doing the scoring with Jamie Schimanski assisting.
Pincher Creek got one back before the second period ended when James Elliott scored. Travis McNabb and Randy Whittkopf picked up assists.
The Huskies tied the game 5 1/2 minutes into the third period when Bikman found the back of the net, assisted by Sean Stuckey to tie the game 3-3.
Leo Lacourciere, playing in his first game with the Mustangs after helping Blackfoot Miners win the Ranchland title last season, scored the eventual winner two minutes later. Dan Fuller drew the assist.
Just over two minutes later the Mustangs got some insurance when Jamie Schimanski scored. Kayata and Greg Schimanski had the assists.
The regular season gets under way at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 when the Mustangs host Lomond Lakers.

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