Friday evening, the Takhini Arena ice was awash with red and black as five Mustangs rep teams took to the ice for a full evening of play at Hockey Night in Whitehorse.
Topping off the evening, the Kluane Drillers bored into the midget Mustangs on their way to a 6-2 win in rec league A Division action.
The Drillers jumped in front 43 seconds into the game on a goal by Drillers forward Tyler Murray, who charged the net with a man on, scoring with a one-handed backhand shot. The team widened the gap with unanswered goals from Andrew Zinck, Tim Carrol and a second by Murray.
“We like playing against the kids,” said Murray. “They always come out with a lot of energy and it’s a good game against them all the time.”
After goals by Mustang Dalton Edzerza and Driller Phil Harry to end the first of two periods, the Mustangs hung tough in the second, matching goals with the drillers.
“We said after the first, let’s forget about that period,” said Midget Mustangs head coach Jim Stephens. “They played better in the second, but even in the second that was our B game; we can play better than that.
“I think with crowds, music, girlfriends and parents (in attendance) they were a little too wound up for the game.”
Knocking one in for the Drillers in the second was Mark Daniels, reciprocated by Mustang Adrian Hawkings.
“It was nice to have a crowd out for once,” said Murray. “Us rec league guys don’t get that very often.
“It was good to have music in between (stoppages of play) and Bud Arnold out announcing the goals and assists. We were saying the music might be normal for those kids, but it keeps us old guys awake.”
Bantams say no to YES Jets
The FSC bantam Mustangs were the first off the ground, scoring two early goals en route to a 5-2 win over YES Jets in rec league B Division play.
Helping the Mustangs stay on top in the second were five power plays, three of which they capitalized on.
“We’ve been working on our power play and we tell the guys, if you keep your feet moving the (Jets) are going to have to drag them down with their sticks because they get tired, so that was key,” said Mustangs head coach Jay Glass. “That’s going to get wins in any level of hockey.”
Scoring in the first were Tyrell Hope and forward Jared Steinbach, who ended with a three-point night with two assists.
“He’s just a good, all-around player,” said Glass of Steinbach. “Sometimes he gets points, sometimes he doesn’t, but he always plays well. He’s a smart hockey player and he works hard all the time.”
Also finding the back of the net for the Mustangs were Tyson Glass, Riley Pettitt and Scott Meredith. For the Jets it was Allan Martinson and Chad Thomas.
“Both our goalies played well and it was nice to see people out to show support,” said Glass. “I’m glad it was a good game.”
Kopper King topples
Twice, the peewee Mustangs managed to tie the game, but came up short in the end, losing 4-2 to Kopper King in bantam house league play.
King’s Jarrett Malchow scored on an empty net to cap the game.
Also producing for Kopper King were Breaden Paun, Cole Morris and Jordan King.
Putting the Mustangs on the board were Dylan McQuaig and Spencer Lessard.
Atom Mustangs drop
Atom Mustang Kaine Comin did all he could, scoring both his team’s goals – even giving them a lead in the first – but eventually the peewee Mustangs B team used their age and experience to pull off a 5-2 win over their younger brethren.
Keeping the peewees up were Tristan Miller, Damien Homis, Cole Smeeton and Riley Bedard, who had two goals and an assist.
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