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Fort Macleod Mustangs, Nanton Palominos series even

Cole Widdifield (left) and Bretton Gabel celebrate a Fort Macleod Mustangs goal on Saturday.
Greg Schimanski of the Fort Macleod Mustangs battles a Nanton Palomino for the puck.

Fort Macleod Mustangs are in a horse race with Nanton Palominos for a spot in the Ranchland Hockey League finals.
Each team won a game on the weekend as their best-of-five semifinal series got under way.
The Palominos won 9-2 Friday in Nanton and the Mustangs rebounded to win 8-5 Saturday in Fort Macleod.
The third game is 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 6 at Nanton.
The fourth game is 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at the Fort Macleod and District Spots Centre.
The fifth game, if necessary, is Sunday, March 8 at Nanton. Face off time is not yet determined.
Nanton 9 Fort Macleod 2
Nanton opened the series with a 9-2 blowout Friday on home ice.
The Palominos led 4-1 in the first period and were in front 8-2 after 40 minutes.
Matt Scarth led Nanton with two goals and two assists and Colin Macmurdo had a goal and two helpers.
Taylor McNeil, Josh McCulloch, Robbie McLean, Josh Niwa and Eddie Tracy each had a goal and an assist for Nanton and Kole Comin also scored.
Logan Gabel had a goal and an assist for Fort Macleod and Kody Briggs had a single.
Daniel Wenham faced 23 shots and Nick Lepp handled 14 as they split the goaltending duties for Fort Macleod.
Reid Robinson made 20 saves in goal for Nanton.
Fort Macleod 8 Nanton 5
Logan Gabel opened the scoring a minute into Saturday’s game at Fort Macleod and the Mustangs led the rest of the way in an 8-5 victory.
The Mustangs started strong, scoring two more goals after Gabel’s opener to lead 3-1 after the first period.
Nanton scored twice in the second but Fort Macleod got one of its own to lead 4-3 heading into the third period.
The Mustangs scored goals 10 seconds apart early in the third to go up 6-3 but Nanton fought back with two of their own just over a minute apart.
Fort Macleod added two more in the last four minutes to seal the 8-5 win.
Gabel had two goals and an assist for the Mustangs and Greg Schimanski had a goal and two helpers.
Dylan McCuaig had a goal and an assist for Fort Macleod and Justin Donahue, Adam Stafford, Cole Widdifield and Zane Briggs each had one goal.
Kent Broere had two assists on Fort Macleod goals and Bretton Gabel, Kody Briggs, Brydon Beston and Jadon Porterfield each had one.
Lepp faced 24 shots in the Fort Macleod goal while Reid Robinson was tested 31 times in goal for Nanton.
The other semifinal series is also tied 1-1.
Lethbridge Lightning beat Siksika Buffaloes 8-2 on Friday but the Buffaloes rumbled back to win 9-6 on Saturday.
Game 3 of that series is 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 6 at Nicolas Sheran Arena in Lethbridge, while Game 4 is 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at Siksika Deerfoot Sportsplex.

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