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Lightning edges past Mustangs

For the first time this season a team other than the Fort Macleod Mustangs is leading the Ranchland Hockey League standings.

Lethbridge Lightning edged the Mustangs 4-3 Saturday to move into first place, one point ahead of Fort Macleod.

The Mustangs intend to make Lethbridge’s stay short-lived, as Fort Macleod makes up its game in hand on the Lightning on Friday, Feb. 9 when they host Kainai Chiefs at 9 p.m.

The Mustangs head south to Stand Off on Saturday, Feb. 10 for a rematch with the Kainai Chiefs at 8:30 p.m.

Lightning 4 Mustangs 3 

The Lightning went into Saturday’s game at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre coming off a 6-3 loss to the surging Siksika Buffalos on Friday.

Fort Macleod was riding a two-game losing streak heading into Saturday’s battle for first place.

The Lightning struck first, opening a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Dayn Opel and Jarrett Metheral.

Brandon Aab got Fort Macleod on the scoreboard just over four minutes into the second period, with Robbie McLean and Hayden Archibald picking up assists.

Lethbridge answered 31 seconds later to restore their two-goal lead, which they carried into the third period.

Jason Creighton scored a powerplay goal 6 1/2 minutes into the third period to increase the Lightning’s led to 4-1.

The Mustangs continued to battle and cut the lead in half with a powerplay goal by Tanner Stovin with 7:08 to play. Taylor McNeill and Chase Honess assisted.

Action heated up as the game wound down and the Mustangs were rewarded with 47 seconds to play when Stovin got his second of the game and 10th of the season to make the score 4-3.

McLean and McNeill assisted on Stovin’s goal.

Lightning goalie Reily Blinco held the Mustangs shooters at bay the rest of the way to preserve a 4-3 win.

Blinco made 37 saves while his Mustang counterpart Aaron DeKok faced 37 shots.

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