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Palominos gallop past Mustangs in RHL playoff

Fort Macleod Mustangs goalie Daniel Wenham is airborn after colliding with Nanton’s Josh McCulloch.
Fort Macleod Mustangs goalie Daniel Wenham scoops up the puck with Nanton Palominos Brady Reagan on the doorstep.
Fort Macleod Mustangs Dylan McCuaig avoids two Palominos.

Fort Macleod Mustangs gave regular season champion Nanton all it could handle, but the Palominos won the horse race to the Ranchland Hockey League championship series.
The Palominos won the fifth and deciding game of their semifinal series 5-1 Sunday in Nanton.
The Palominos advance to the championship best-of-five against Lethbridge Lightning, who beat Siksika Buffaloes in five games.
Mustangs 7 Nanton 1
The Mustangs led all the way Friday in Nanton en route to a 7-1 win over the Palominos.
The win gave the Mustangs a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.
Fort Macleod took a 2-0 lead with goals by Logan Gabel and Dylan McCuaig 28 seconds apart late in the first period. Kent Broere assisted on both goals.
Four minutes into the second frame Greg Schimanski scored a powerplay goal, with Broere picking up his thrid assist.
Four minutes later Jay Many Gray Horses scored an unassisted goal, and less than two minutes after that Logan Gabel scored his second, assisted by Bretton Gabel.
The Mustangs weren’t done yet, as Many Gray Horses scored his second with 6:45 left in the second period to make it 6-0. Adam Stafford assisted.
Nanton snapped Mustangs goalie Daniel Wenham’s shutout bid with 2:24 left in the middle frame when Spencer Barlow-Lakusta scored.
Schimanski scored his second of the night, unassisted, with 44 seconds left to send Fort Macleod into the break leading 7-1.
There was no scoring in the third period.
Wenham made 38 saves to record the win.
The Mustangs put 25 shots on the Nanton goalie tandem of Brady Rouleau and Reid Robinson.
On Friday night the Lightning beat the Buffaloes 4-2 on goals by Laramie Kostelansky, Justin Schmit, James Price and Mike Wirli.
Trevor Pelletier and Justin Fraser replied for the Buffaloes.
Nanton 3 Mustangs 2
A shorthanded goal by Jack Fitzgerald with 1:57 to play lifted the Palominos to a 3-2 win Saturday over the host Mustangs.
The Mustangs opened the scoring with 39 seconds left in the second period of Saturday’s game. Wilbur Yellow Old Woman scored, assisted by Logan Gabel and Jadon Porterfield.
Robbie McLean tied the game 3 1/2 minutes into the third and Matt Scarth gave Nanton the lead seven minutes later.
Fort Macleod tied the game with 2:08 to play on Dylan McCuaig’s powerplay goal. Porterfield and Gabel assisted.
The game appeared headed to overtime until Fitzgerald scored.
Wenham made 33 saves in goal for Fort Macleod while the Mustangs put 19 shots on Robinson.
Nanton evened the series at 2-2 with the win, setting the stage for Sunday’s showdown in Nanton.
Nanton 5 Mustangs 1
Home cooking proved to be to the Palominos liking as they downed the Mustangs 5-1 to win the series Sunday in Nanton.
After a scoreless first period the Palominos took the lead with two shorthanded goals in the second.
Jay Many Gray Horses scored for Fort Macleod late in the second to send the Mustangs into the final period trailing 2-1.
The Palominos did all the scoring in the final 20 minutes, going up 3-1 six minutes after the puck dropped and adding two late markers to clinch the 5-1 win.
Nanton got 23 shots at Mustangs goalie Wenham while Fort Macleod tested Palominos goalie Jeff Gardner 42 times.

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