Sunday, November 20, 2011

Cowboys bucked by Mustangs

Peigan Cowboys vs Fort Macleod Mustangs
C. Davis photos/video
Chris Davis

After winning an intense cliffhanger of a game last weekend, the Peigan Cowboys were back facing the same opponent, the Fort Macleod Mustangs, in a home game at the MCC Arena in Pincher Creek on Saturday evening, November 19. From the first puck-drop this game had all the elements of a classic grudge match. Godfrey Weaselhead of the Cowboys scored first, with 12:56 on the clock, raising the hopes of the hometown crowd. Mustangs' Kevin Olson evened the score at 6:46 on the clock.
Who needs a stick anyway?

Cowboys put the pressure on
Fort Macleod gained the upper hand early in the second period with a goal by Taylor Bilodeau at 18:46, which was matched a few minutes later at 14:10 by Cowboys' Leighton Bishop, bringing the score to 2-2, and setting up a repeat of last weekend's close game.  At 12:18 Weston Omeasod of the Cowboys boosted the score to 3-2 for the Cowboys, and the fans started to get really excited.  The game started to get quite a bit more physical midway through the second, with the rough stuff beginning in earnest near the end of the period.  The Mustangs seemed to be playing volleyball, with the puck gaining some significant air repeatedly in their hands.  At 6:36 on the clock Mustangs' Kevin Olson sunk one in the Cowboys net, and the score again stood even at 3-3.  In the declining seconds, with 00.29 on the clock, Fort Macleod's Ben Webb scored another, bringing it to 4-3 for the Mustangs.

"They're playing our song"
The third period was a mess, with penalty following penalty.  Four players, two from each team,  were shown the door.  Despite an all-out battle between the two teams, fisticuffs and all, neither managed to make it count on the scoreboard until the final moments of the game. The Cowboys pulled their goalie, and Fort Macleod's Tyler Campbell scored on the empty net at 00:24.

Final official score: Mustangs 5, Cowboys 3.

Hopefully the Cowboys can dust themselves off and be ready to ride in their third straight game against the Mustangs, to be held next Saturday, November 26 at the Fort Macleod rink.

The Cowboys are currently the last-place team in the Ranchland Hockey League (RHL).  They've bounced back before, but they've got their work cut out for them now. A win against the Mustangs next week would certainly help.  The Mustangs are currently ranked second in the league.  Cowboys' star Shay Prarie Chicken is the 11th ranked scorer in the RHL.

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