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Lethbridge Lightning lead Fort Macleod Mustangs in RHL finals

Fort Macleod Mustangs hope to gallop down the comeback trail this weekend.

The Mustangs lost the first two games of their best-of-seven Ranchland Hockey League championship series with Lethbridge Lightning last weekend.

Lethbridge won 5-4 Friday and 5-2 Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

The next game is 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22 at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.

The fourth game of the series is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at Nicholas Sheran Arena.

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Jacob Charko scored just over a minute into overtime Friday to give the Lightning a 5-4 win over the Mustangs.

The teams traded goals in the first period at the Claresholm Arena and the Mustangs took a 2-1 lead just two minutes into the second period.

That lead stood up for six minutes before Lethbridge scored two goals just 15 seconds apart to get their first lead.

The Mustangs scored with just over a minute left and the teams went into the break tied 3-3.

The Lightning regained the lead mid way through the third period on a powerplay goal, but Fort Macleod got a powerplay goal of their own to tie it 4-4.

That set the stage for Charko’s heroics in overtime.

Tanner Stovin and Tyce Gallamore each had a goal and an assist for Fort Macleod and Josh McCulloch and Matt Forchuk also scored.

Taylor McNeil and Robbie McLean had an assist.

Charko led the Lightning with two goals and Jason Creighton had a goal and two assists.

Mitchell McAllister had a goal and an assist and Garrett Johnston scored once.

Mustangs goalie Aaron DeKok made 31 saves and Lightning goalie Alex Sirard stopped 36.

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The Lightning scored two unanswered goals in each of the first and second periods Saturday to build a commanding 4-0 lead on their way to a 5-2 win.

Peyton Poncelet and Carson Beers scored a minute apart in the first period and Cam Creighton and Jacob Charko had second period goals at the Nicholas Sheran Arena.

Tanner Stovin and Brandon Aab scored early in the third for Fort Macleod, but Jason Creighton closed out the 5-2 win with a goal with 32 seconds to play.

Chase Honess, Robbie McLean and Jason Porterfield picked up assists on the Fort Macleod goals.

Aaron DeKok made 50 saves for Fort Macleod while Alex Sirard made 31 saves.

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